Naples: Paradise Can Be Deadly

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Diane Ketcham Tidelow Press 2013, 302 pages In Naples: Paradise Can Be Deadly we find that it can also be romantic, wicked, petty, fashionable and wryly humorous. This book is an absolute delight to read. Those of us who live locally will find a certain heightened satisfaction in the familiar locales, but knowing the […]

Should You Buy a Telescope?

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net This morning, perhaps as you are walking the dog, look to the east and you have a chance to spot Comet ISON. It’s going to be quite low to the horizon and will be of uncertain brightness. Mercury and Saturn should be visible and they should provide handy reference points. The comet is […]

Are you a Serving Machine or only a Serving Pretender?

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Just last week, I had a unique experience I would like to share with my readers. During mid-afternoon, I had the pleasure to view over two hours of solid 4.0 level competitions and I walked away a bit perplexed. On the bright side, the men were hustling for every ball, often retrieving impossible shots as […]

Healthy Holiday Food Swaps

FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com When it comes to Thanksgiving I notice that people generally fall into one of two groups: those who are excited and those who are scared to death. OK, I may be exaggerating a bit with the last one, but hear me out. Thanksgiving is the ultimate holiday to those who love to pig out—and the ultimate […]

Holiday Contest Time!

Dear Fellow Felines: Believe it or not we are entering that time of year our staff (remember dogs have owners, cats have staff) anxiously refer to as “the holidays.” And we felines know what that means: mouthwatering food naively left out on counters and front doors held open just long enough for us to slither out into the wild while […]

Before the Clock Strikes Midnight…

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Opportunities are seldom labeled.” ~John Augustus Shedd Question: Are there any tax planning strategies I should think about before year-end? Answer: Yes, there are income-timing approaches, tax-deferred growth strategies, charitable giving plans, and tax-advantaged investments to consider before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. With the deadline fast approaching, now’s the time to […]

Language Lessons

Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com Spending 21 days in a vehicle with the same people can be very telling. Especially when you add the fact that there are two languages spoken in the vehicle with each distinct personality having different needs, wants and ideas. It can be very telling indeed. The flow of energy could be best described as […]

The Goodland Gazette

GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com This is issue three or four of what I like to call the “Goodland Gazette,” a newspaper inside a newspaper. When there are myriad topics to be covered pertaining to Goodland, I like to break it down, dissect it, examine it and share the you-know-what out of it with our readers. Holiday Bazaar not so Bizarre […]

November’s Birthstone: A Cornucopia of Color

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net November is a great month for birthstones. It’s a virtual “pick a color – any color!” Topaz is an old Greek name for Topazios, an island located in the Red Sea. Which, in fact, was actually an ancient source for peridot – the ancients confused it with topaz. Today, citrine is almost always confused with […]

Moringa… The Tree of Life

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com If you’ve read the newspaper, watched TV or surfed the Internet lately, chances are you’ve probably come across a story about a specific miraculous, multi-purpose tree. Moringa grows easily and amazingly fast and is almost entirely edible by humans or farm animals. An important food source in developing countries, it has been aptly named the […]