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By Sonya McCarter, Community Engagement Coordinator, Alliance for the Arts Four years ago, as an actress, my search for plays featuring compelling and interesting African-American characters in Ft. Myers came up...

by Jack Ham, Principal, The Academy, Port Charlotte, Fla. Another school year has come to a close, and The Academy has even more reason to celebrate than usual. Given the school's...

Preventing Dog Bites in Elementary Aged Children in Lee County   By Nicole Ferguson-Morrison, DVM, MS, MPH, MRCVS Veterinarian, Lee County Domestic Animal Services Dog bites are a frightening experience for anyone, especially children....

Every year our tribe of grantees make the journey to the Center for Public Interest Communications at the University of Florida.  While on retreat, the tribe members work on strategies...

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...

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...

As expected this time of year the line to valet at the Naples resort seemed to stretch out endlessly.  Experienced Southwest Floridian’s have grown to expect this during season and...

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...

Recently, my six year old son received three sheets of glow-in-the-dark star stickers.  We spent an afternoon applying them to the ceiling in his bedroom while he shared everything he...

  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...