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Marcophiles: Time flies – So do hats and pants
Published 10/31/2013 at 9:20 a.m.
Here we are with Halloween in our rear view mirror, rushing toward Thanksgiving and the December holidays, still bewildered about how fast the past year streaked by. How could that be? Maybe the Mars lander and its follow-up friend Curiosity ...
Marcophiles: A cliché a day makes the brain decay
Published 10/15/2013 at 8:49 p.m. 1 Comment
I am writing this from my cliché place, a quiet corner where my mind rejects all thoughts that include any words coined, minted, made up, imaginated or otherwise foisted on the English-speaking world since at least the year 2000. Or ...
Marcophiles: In Mount Dora, the outdoors is the in place to be
Published 10/02/2013 at 11:19 a.m.
What if 20 authors traveled from here in Southwest Florida to a small town in northern Florida for a book-selling festival and hardly anybody showed up to buy books? I know the answer to that now and the headline is, ...
Marcophiles: Marco Movies – Coming attractions, inside and out
Published 09/19/2013 at 10:40 a.m. 1 Comment
A lot of exciting things are in motion at the Marco Movies these days and nights and we don't mean just the motion pictures on the screens. Nick Campo and his team of fast moving men and women are giving ...
Marcophiles: Names in the games – Some laughable, some lame
Published 09/03/2013 at 11:29 a.m.
With all the important outrages that come our way these tumultuous days, I chuckle at how often I hear or read about people who are furious over this or that team name, as in FSU Seminoles, Immokalee Indians or the ...
Marcophiles: My first car
Published 08/06/2013 at 10:51 a.m.
Ask people around town to talk about their very first car and probably you'll get answers running from, "Gee, I'm not sure. I think maybe it was a Chevy, a 60 something, not sure," to "It was a red and ...
Marcophiles: PMs in the a.m. – A great wakeup call
Published 07/23/2013 at 9:52 a.m.
Humans obviously could survive if there were no purple martins on the planet, but it wouldn't be nearly as much fun for us. These critters that sing and soar their way into our neighborhoods and our hearts are smart, brave ...
Marcophiles: Marco retailer make's a kid's day, 'rescues' the grandparents
Published 07/09/2013 at 9:53 a.m.
What do loving grandparents do when their visiting teenaged grandson loves to fish, especially on Marco Island? Take him fishing? Well, yes, but the grandparents are neophytes whose experience with fish mostly centers around the Paradise Seafood store on
Marcophiles: Local commerce flirts with Hertz
Published 06/25/2013 at 8:32 p.m.
Now that Southwest Florida is about to become the new headquarters for the Hertz car rental company, people with commercial interests here on Marco Island might be assuming that the economic benefits Hertz brings will never make it all the ...
Marcophiles: Cafe de Marco's 'Sandy' helping Hurricane Sandy victims
Published 06/12/2013 at 10:44 a.m.
Marco Island's "Jersey Girl," Sandy Franchino, wants you at her gourmet evening to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy. It's at Cafe de Marco, Wednesday, June 19, when scores of restaurants nationwide will host similar events for the cause. ...
Marcophiles: Islanders reminisce about their first cars
Published 08/20/2013 at 2:41 p.m.
Dave Rice: He says most of the many cars he owned were “weekend cars,” because, “They spent all week being repaired to run on the weekends.” It’s all about priorities for Dave and his life-long affection for cars continues unabated.
AuthorFest: Do you like to read books? Meet people who write them
Published 01/31/2013 at 9:56 a.m.
Twenty or more authors from Marco and elsewhere in Southwest Florida will gather to meet and greet book lovers at a free AuthorFest next week. Were very excited to have this event and hope a lot of people will show ...
Marcophiles: Like the happy birthday song, only less interesting
Published 12/26/2012 at 4:40 p.m.
Many of you know that some senior living centers invite children and teenagers who take music lessons to entertain residents of those facilities. Especially around this holiday time of year. So when my grandson Cade and othe
Farmer File: Things we don't know about restaurant menus
Published 09/26/2012 at 5 a.m.
A man with a national clientele who calls himself a "menu engineer" is helping a local enterprise maximize the impact of its menu.
Farmer file: New business raises the bar for old furniture
Published 08/22/2012 at 5 a.m.
If you poked around in a lot of homes here and around the country, you might fight old armoires sitting empty and neglected in the garage, or even at a garage sale.
Father's day tale: A dad by any other name is still dad
Published 06/16/2012 at 4 a.m.
Some dads' names may actually be close to Sue, but it's all in the family.
The Farmer File: CNN seems clueless about what it wants to be on its 32nd birthday
Published 06/01/2012 at 4 a.m.
CNN was born 32 years ago today, June 1, 1980. My wife and I remember it well, because we were there, part of the team of news anchors that helped launch the channel.
The Farmer File: Local author covers the globe in her new novel
Published 05/25/2012 at 4 a.m.
Its not every day one can pickup a novel and see the name of a once top secret government project on the cover.
The Farmer File: Travel agents fret over antics by clueless federal workers
Published 05/18/2012 at 4 a.m.
I usually enjoy reading articles on the website of the American Society of Travel Agents. Travel is cool and we count several travel agents among our friends. But the recent ASTA article made me laugh out loud.
The Farmer File: Graduates getting an earful of advice worth what they paid for it
Published 05/11/2012 at 4 a.m.
A talented young woman weve known since her infancy just graduated from college, even though I doubt she had to pass a swimming test to get her degree.
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