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Shell Shocked: Check rage

December 21, 2016 Reaching for the check? Think again. Restaurants aren’t inexpensive anymore. A glass of wine could cost you 15 bucks. A shrimp cocktail 13 bucks. And a Caesar’s salad 16 bucks – without the anchovies. more »»

In the Garden: A jewel for your landscape

December 21, 2016 Necklace pod (Sophora tomentosa) is a wonderful evergreen and flowering plant, which has a high tolerance for salt and low water requirements making it ideal for our coastal island environment. more »»

Poetic License: The night before Christmas on Sanibel Isle

December 21, 2016 ‘Twas the night before Christmas on Sanibel Isle, Not a gator was stirring, not our one crocodile. The Roseate Spoonbills wore pink underwear While Flamingos were sleeping with legs in the air. more »»

Living Sanibel: The cattle egret

December 21, 2016 Although this small white bird that is roughly the same size as the snowy egret, it is easy to distinguish it from them. It has yellow legs, not just yellow feet, and a solid yellow beak. more »»

Theater Notes: Theater Lab stages a ‘don't miss’

December 21, 2016 This critic was dazzled and deeply moved by the play now on the boards at The Laboratory Theater of Florida. It truly is one you should not miss. more »»

On the Water: December fishing brings some changes

December 14, 2016 As the inshore waters continue to cool this month, baitfish begin to vacate our waters and shrimp become the primary diet for most fish. more »»

Faces on Faith: Christmas hopes and dreams

December 14, 2016 A couple of years ago had a special opportunity to revisit an old Christmas classic. more »»

Shell Shocked: Miracle drugs

December 14, 2016 Those of you who watch the evening news on television like I do know that rating wars are based on how many viewers over the age of 55 each network can attrac. more »»

In the Garden: Buccaneer palm

December 14, 2016 To bring the unusual and unique to an island native garden, the addition of a silvery-blue buccaneer palm is a great choice. This specimen palm has lots to recommend it for island living. more »»

Living Sanibel: Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park

December 14, 2016 Although this park is not large, it offers the casual naturalist a terrific opportunity to step back in time. more »»

Poetic License: The night Kiwanis books expire

December 14, 2016 (To the tune The Night That Paddy Murphy died) O, the night Kiwanis books expired I never shall forget. more »»

Theater Notes: Florida Repertory Theater has two must-sees

December 14, 2016 Florida Repertory Theater has every right to be bathing in glory. On their boards right now are two of the finest productions that have ever graced our theater season in Southwest Florida. more »»

Shell Shocked: The Donald Trump I knew

December 7, 2016 I introduced Donald Trump to the world. Now how would you like that hanging over your head all your life? I guess I get both the credit as well as the blame.  It’s true, folks. more »»

In the Garden: Bird’s nest fern: Not really for the birds

December 7, 2016 Bird’s nest fern (Asplenium nidus), from the polypodiaceae family, is a plant straight from the rainforests of tropical Asia, that thrives in low light conditions and moist environments. more »»

Living Sanibel: Babcock/Webb Wildlife Management Area

December 7, 2016 Visiting the Babcock/Webb Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a change of pace from state parks, tourist attractions, or wildlife preserves. more »»

Center Stage: Celebrate the holidays with ‘White Christmas’ at Broadway Palm

December 7, 2016 Our holiday stockings got filled with Broadway Palm’s 178th production; a dazzling rendition of a heart-warming classic, Irving Berlin’s 1954 movie musical “White Christmas. more »»

Theater Notes: A play for everyone’s Christmas stocking

December 7, 2016 The BIG ARTS Strauss Theater has a genuine hit for all of us this Christmas Season. They have a brilliant fresh version of A Christmas Carol” playing right up through Dec. 23. more »»

Poetic License: Where were you on December 7, 1941?

December 7, 2016 In the back storage room of our family bodega sitting on a sack of kidney beans, listening to the Football Giants-Dodgers game when the announcer interrupted to report that the Japanese had sneak-... more »»

Faces on Faith: God is still here

December 7, 2016 On election day, my husband went to bed early, but I stayed up very late to watch the returns. Upon awaking and seeing the results on T. more »»

On the Water: It was a slow week out on the water

November 30, 2016 While I spent the past week out of town and off the water, it appeared I returned to find a slow bite and areas of red tide. more »»



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