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Our world has changed, collectively and individually.   Last week I was walking around Collaboratory and missing the energy of people meeting and connecting in the building.  If I am honest,...

Each week the goal of this column is to connect the beautiful act of giving to things happening in the world, our community and individual stories.  Sometimes the subject matter...

This column is difficult for me to write as it hits close to home.  My birth year of 1963 places me on the cusp of the baby boomer generation, and...

  I noticed the Guide to Flipping Houses on the internet not too long ago, “5 Easy Steps to House Flipping.” I’m a closet fan of Flip or Flop, Flipping Out...

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....

by Anne M. Chernin, MBA, MSW, Director of Client Services JFCS of Southwest Florida Last month I had the opportunity to travel to the University of Florida in Gainesville to participate in...

My preteen eyes would scan the table spread with bubbling casseroles and gelatin salads in search of the coveted homemade macaroni and cheese. It would arrive safely in its protective...

My sister-in-law has a decorative plaque hanging in her house that begs the question, “What if tomorrow you had only the things you gave thanks for today?” Inspirational quotes show up...

by Karly Marcy, 2016 Florida Fellow, Southwest Florida Community Foundation   Flexibility. Engagement. Recognition. Estate planning attorneys Guy Whitesman and Eric Gurgold emphasized these three words throughout our meeting about estate planning...

by Lisa Milne, Vice President of Programs Alzheimer’s Association-Florida Gulf Coast Chapter   Right now, in the United States of America, there are over 5 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease.  According to...

by Mary C. Schoeffel, Development Director, The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) It is wild baby season!  Are you one of the millions who watch YouTube videos of animals,...

by Gina Frazier, iWill Mentorship The youth’s eyes glistened with tears as he passed me in the hallway.   Fearing the worst, I hesitantly asked “how’d it go?”  He smiled ear to...

When it comes to anniversaries and birthdays some numbers just seem to be bigger than others. Decade and half decade markers get the most attention and provide fantastic opportunities for...

My youngest child is 15 years old now so Easter egg hunts have gone by the wayside. I considered hiding cash in plastic eggs all over the yard this year...

I am wondering what your reaction is when you read the headline to this week’s column. Some of you might be thinking, “Are you kidding me, season in Southwest...

Last year 63 million Americans took time out of their daily lives to volunteer for nonprofit organizations.  The data crunchers who calculate these kinds of things report that if their...

I am generally a glass half full type of person. I am a delusional optimist about most everything including my work. A new year caters to this type of thinking,...