Under the Friday night lights, fans recently packed Trojan Field as the Lely Trojans faced the Naples Golden Eagles for the 44th Annual Coconut Bowl. Special guests of the evening included several proud members representing the Class of 1978 who celebrated their 40-year class reunion at the End Zone. The Golden Eagles took a strong hold of the game and […]

Personal Treasures


It may be something you don’t realize is so important to you. It could be only one thing or it could be many special things. One of my treasures is a simple buck knife given to me by my Uncle Richie, an ex-Marine. He gave it to me (a kid raised on the streets of Dorchester, Massachusetts) upon hearing I […]

Common Thinking Traps Related to Stress


In my last couple of columns I wrote about how your thinking influences your stress. In my book, “Stress Less, Live More: How Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Can Help You Live a Busy Yet Balanced Life” (New Harbinger Publications, 2010). I discuss ten common thinking traps related to stress. Thinking traps are stereotypical ways of viewing potentially stressful situations that […]

Business Entities – There are Differences


Starting a business involves many issues, not the least of which is what entity will operate the business. Many of the same concerns arise when dealing with a business. Taxation and liability are usually the primary issues. Many businesses, and perhaps a majority of start-ups, are sole proprietorships. When the operation is effectively a one-man band, the business starts with […]

Our Sea Life Doesn’t Have a Choice, But It Does Have a Chance

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond

You’d have to be under water or out in the ozone not to read, hear about or personally witness the destruction of our sea and air creatures as a result of the red tide, blue-green algae and the brown, murky water from yet another destructive infestation. It’s almost inconceivable that thousands of TONS, not pounds, of carcasses have washed up […]

Hurricane Irma Behind Us? Story is Told on Post Office Window

Goodland Life

On October 9, 2017, while Goodland was reeling from the effects of Irma, a painting appeared on the picture window of Goodland’s post office. It was conceived and posted there by artist Denise Santos, and it raised the morale of all who saw it at the time. Santos had depicted Goodland as a young man hanging gamely to a palm […]

MIA Cross Country Invitational Boasts Biggest Turnout Ever

Nearly 800 runners representing 26 middle schools and 14 high schools, participated in the Marco Island Academy (MIA) Cross Country Invitational at Mackle Park. This year’s course faced its own challenge and had to be re-routed due to burrowing owls. Encouragement could be found along the new course as these young athletes dug deep to endure their grueling events. “Many […]

Delicious & Unique Everglades City Restaurants

Growing Up in Everglades City

Airboat rides, stone crabs and sunset kayak tours aren’t the only good things Everglades City has to offer. Many come from far and wide (some even fly into our airport) just to eat at the local restaurants we have! Every restaurant in Everglades City and Chokoloskee is owned by a local who has resided here for years. The majority of […]

Boater’s Local Knowledge Courses Offered

“There are two types of boaters on Marco Island – those who have run aground and those that will!” The waters around Marco Island are constantly changing. If you are either new to boating or new to Marco Island, then the Boater’s Local Knowledge (Marco Island Area) and the Boater’s Local Knowledge – Backwater Edition (10,000 Islands) classes are for […]

Our Natural and Artificial Reefs

Stepping Stones

Do you like to snorkel? How about scuba diving? How about fishing in a location where you know you’ll catch something? If so, you are more than likely to visit a reef system, be it natural or artificial. There are several options throughout the state and even more in the past few years with the development of artificial structures in […]