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When I was a kid, I fell in love with the band REM.  It was the album Out of Time that changed the way I thought about music and made...

  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...

Sometimes I feel like I am living in a commercial for Southwest Florida complete with soundbites, video clips, campaign themes and headlines. I see it all around me as I...

Wandering into the Chapultepec Forest seemed a bit mysterious.  As I stood at the gates leading into one of the largest parks in the Western Hemisphere, I didn’t have a plan. I...

  When someone asks you to help them change the world, it feels exciting at the onset and then all of a sudden, daunting. Changing the world can mean many things to...

  I enjoy reading and listening to interviews with famous leaders and CEOs.  No matter the media outlet the questions seem to follow a similar pattern and always include the “What...

  The plates of cookies and pitchers of fruit-infused water went untouched for weeks.  This surprised me as I thought the smell of warm chocolate chip wonders and refreshing thirst quenchers...

  I am a Girl Scout and a Boy Scout. I joined the Girl Scouts as a young girl, starting out as a Brownie scout and staying involved all the way through...

There was something very special about Mary. She lived to be 96 and during her lifetime she was educated, married a wonderful man, was well-traveled, had children and grandchildren she...

There is something about putting a bow on the year passed and getting a fresh start that always makes a new year exciting.  It’s a time for imagining new goals...

Over the past year the Southwest Florida Community Foundation has sent at least two thousand thank you notes. Every letter we pen, whether electronically or handwritten reminds me of the generosity...

Whenever my adult kids travel home for the holidays I can count on at least one conversation with each of them on the topic of why I didn't push them...

I have always known that lessons come from those you least expect. I have experienced it many times in my life so I was surprised how long it took me...

At 9 and 6 years old, my kids are fully engaged in Halloween.  They imagine their costumes well in advance, constructing a long list of all the things they could...

There was a time when the calendar turned to October and I sought out ways to bring a little fall into my South Florida life.  Years ago I would seek...

Some people like surprises, others do not.  While I like the idea of surprises, not all surprises are welcome. Not too long ago, I discovered the tile floors in my 1950s...

by Brandi Couse, Director of Operations and Education, Alliance for the Arts The Alliance for the Arts is many things for many people.  For some it is a place to buy...

by Laura Frost, Director, Whitaker Center for STEM Education at FGCU Meet Cecelia who as a fifth grader loved math and science. When she got to middle school, she started to...

by Rachel Rainbolt, Development and Education Coordinator, Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc. Nature has always entertained and enthralled me; being a Southwest Florida native, I had exposure to the...

by Emily Reese, REACH Program Specialist, Alzheimer’s Association - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter There are few life experiences that prepare a person for the challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s...

by Laura M. Perry, President, Glades Education Foundation, Inc. With baseball season in full swing, we savor the crack of the bat and the smell of popcorn and hotdogs, while relishing the...

by Vickie Rydz, Grants Manager, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida For many Southwest Floridians, the mantra, “Season is over!” refers to reduced traffic, shorter waiting lines at grocery stores and shops,...

by Alan Keller, PhD, Conservation Chair, Audubon of the Western Everglades   Recently I read The Inheritance of Loss, a novel portraying political conflict and war in northeast India.  Afterwards, it occurred...

by Nola Theiss, Executive Director of Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships and member of the former Rauschenberg Grant 2015 and the Community Impact Grant 2017.   Our organization, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, is...

by Kara Walter, Development Project Assistant I found myself in a panic two days before a dear friend’s wedding because I did not have a dress to wear!  I confess, I...

The end of a school year is always a milestone.  Sometimes that milestone is making it to first or fourth grade, like it was in my house just days ago. ...

I have a great pair of shoes that I never wear.  I bought them the night before a special event and did not have much time to decide.  When I...

My latest coffee shop order is an iced grande cinnamon almond milk macchiato with sugar free cinnamon dolce, hold the caramel drizzle.  I practice saying it in my head before...

When I was a little girl if someone said you were telling a story that usually signaled you might not be telling the whole truth on a particular matter....