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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...

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...

  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...

  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...

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...

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...

  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...

Florida Weekly and I hit Southwest Florida right about the same time.  I was a little bit ahead of them on the calendar but when they showed up on the...

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,...

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...

Something special happens when we get together with friends who share a long and common history.  It might be high school teammates, college roommates or colleagues we worked with building...

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 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...

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,...