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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,...

For the past year I have been wearing a simple gold ring in the shape of a circle.  It isn’t an infinity sign, but the continuous circle serves as a...

For nearly 30 years a woman I never met has been whispering in my ear every time I sit down to write.  Sometimes she shows up in everyday conversations as...

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...

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation recently welcomed two team members. Marina Nassif and Austin Brooks have joined the Foundation’s finance team. Nassif will serve as Controller and is a certified public accountant....

  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...

  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...

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....

  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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

Over the past few weeks I have been telling anyone who will listen that it’s great to be 40…again! Those that know me roll their eyes while those who don’t are...

What's Your Word? Every week we will feature one of our Faces of Philanthropy in honor of the Foundation's 40th anniversary. Everyone has something to share in our community. Please engage...

I grew up in Central Florida, which provided me access to Mickey Mouse, beautiful lakes, fresh oranges on demand and space shuttles. One of my favorite memories is going to Cape...

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...

by John Sheppard, Senior Advisor and Former Trustee, Southwest Florida Community Foundation Paying it back and paying it forward are not the same thing. Paying it back is paying back to a...

by Sarah Owen, a FutureMaker and President & CEO SWFL Community Foundation For months our offices at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation have been buzzing with preparation for a regional student summit...

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,...