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The thirty-something skateboarders served as a Venice Beach Boardwalk choir of sorts. Their cathedral was the small skate park just a few hundred feet away from the famous Venice Muscle Beach. It’s...

I wait with anticipation for “this time last year” photo alerts on my phone. Sometimes I feel let down when it is a misguided shot of my shoe from 2016, but...

Floridians learn to be creative in marking the seasons.  Since nature does not provide the obvious clues in the form of fall foliage, snow days and cherry blossom blooms, we...

The first cup of my vacation coffee was bitter and full of grounds.  As my family planned a week of high adventure, going as fast as they could down mountains,...

If the weather in Southwest Florida dips below 60 degrees I pull out my winter wear. Coats, sweaters, scarves, tights and boots all emerge from my closet and I am...

I just returned from a series of meetings and a conference in New York City. I was traveling solo most of the week which provided me plenty of alone time...

I knew it wouldn’t be long before someone asked me about ghosts. When the Southwest Florida Community Foundation recently moved into our new home, Collaboratory, we were following in the...

When I was a kid there was a corny saying that worked its way into conversations whenever someone said something that rhymed.  I am guessing most of you have uttered it at...

  There are certain times it is not wise to search for information on the internet. I am reminded of this every time I google an unknown medical symptom, or the...

Dear Readers, I have been writing this column for seven years, but this week feels as if I am reaching out to you for the first time. I always take the summer...

  I work alongside a team member who likes to ask “there are no bad ideas, right?” before she launches into an idea generating session at the office.   I find myself...

  The sights and sounds of commencements are all around us this time of year.  I remember my own graduations and the sense that the whole world had stopped and noted...

Last week I ran into now former Fort Myers city councilman, Mike Flanders in a downtown coffee shop.  I flagged him down on his way out the door to introduce...

I found out last week that I am not the only one with a storied past.  If you are a regular reader of this column you know that I share...

Can you imagine standing up on stage in front of a large rowdy crowd and reading excerpts from your childhood diary?  It seems unimaginable to me, but last weekend I...

  This column was not written on Saturday, March 24, 2018 between 3:30-4:30 pm or 8:30-9:30pm. The reason I am certain about the timing is my observation of Earth Hour 2018. Every year...

  When I walked into a Makerspace for the first time, I curled up on a well-worn sofa, surrounded by workspaces that were flanked by shelves and bins filled with tools...

The theme of a recent conference I attended was delivered in the form of a question, “What Drives You?” Throughout the three days I spent with other grant makers and funders...