Forever family: Parents who lose babies at birth find solace in farewell memorials provided through portraits taken by Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep volunteers
Published 10/23/2011 at 6 a.m.
When most of us think of framing our family photographs, we're debating wood or crystal, silver or gold. But the photographs of some local families are framed first by the loving arms of grieving parents whose newborn babies died too ...
Newly public sulphur pools in San Carlos attract health seekers
Published 10/03/2011 at 1:51 p.m.
Prospectors drilling for oil in San Carlos Park back in the 1960s didn’t hit black gold. But some people see the warm sulphur springs they discovered as even more valuable because of its reported health benefits. Boring 1,000 feet straight ...
‘Cultural creatives’ center closing; lacks people, money
Published 09/23/2011 at 3:42 p.m.
Because she believes in miracles, the Rev. Heidi Peck hopes what’s billed as Sunday’s final service at the Center for Spiritual Living Naples won’t be a swan song, but the rebirth of a phoenix, the bird fabled for rising from ...
FGCU students race through 24-hour contest to create art — and win $500
Updated 09/16/2011 at 10 a.m.
College students typically won’t give up sleep without good reason. But the lure of three $500 prizes was enough to keep some of them awake all night last Friday, working to win Florida Gulf Coast University’s fifth annual 24-Hour Festival.<
Spirit of the Gulf sings high energy, fem-tastic show
Published 03/16/2011 at 5:06 p.m.
Picture Julie Andrews on Red Bull. That’s Sweet Adelines Director Karen Breidert, 57, as she punctuates the beat of “Too Darn Hot” with her hips, telling her 150 devoted disciples to “Sing it slimy!” as they rehearse for this Saturday’s ...
Echo of a nightmare: Polio survivors face reoccurring symptoms as adults, join support group
Published 03/04/2011 at 9:05 a.m.
Members of the Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS) Support Group all contracted polio as children or teenagers, persevered to live positive and productive lives full of achievement, and are now realizing that the disease hibernates but rarely dies.
Modern addictions, same goal at new Fort Myers substance abuse center
Published 02/24/2011 at 11:11 p.m.
When clients and staff recently moved into the new Transitional Living Center at Southwest Florida Addiction Services in central Fort Myers, they abandoned a 1960s-era duplex from the Leave It to Beaver era, when “family crisis” meant Eddie Haskell got ...
Lee County's first certified general surgeon now curates medical museum
Published 01/28/2011 at 6:03 p.m.
It’s a dream job for a retired Fort Myers surgeon, a self-proclaimed packrat who has kept several gallstones from former patients, the 1958 Royal manual typewriter used in his first medical office, and his 1939 Florida driver’s license — which ...
North Fort Myers detective's reunion missions make for successful TV
Published 11/06/2010 at 4 p.m.
So much power in a single scrap of paper. In a line of numerals more important than a bank balance or a social security number. Troy Dunn of North Fort Myers had just written down the phone number his mother ...
Guest essay: Aging-in-place is a lifestyle choice
Published 09/14/2010 at 5 p.m.
I wish I had known about aging-in-place 10 years ago when my modest 75-year-old Minnesota mother passed out in her kitchen.
Trip turbulence: Travel can get irritating
Published 08/13/2010 at 5:12 p.m.
Fifty years ago, airline flight attendants pampered passengers with graceful white-glove treatment, gliding down supermarket-wide aisles to serve gourmet dinners on fine china. Smoking was permitted, cocktails encouraged. Luggage flew for free. Bad behavior in flight was as rare as ...
Gerontologist sees higher medical error rate more likely under certain conditions
Published 05/17/2010 at 5:05 p.m.
Triple-checking the correct surgical site is now standard procedure as a safeguard against wrong-site surgery, the most commonly-reported medical error in the U.S. health-care system. Others include medication mix-ups, treatment delays, patient falls, lab mistakes and suicides when patients are ...
Learn how to stay in your ‘Home Sweet Home for Life’
Published 02/09/2010 at 6:34 p.m.
How many of us listed “move into a nursing home” when we wrote out our personal goals for 2010? Chances are, none of us did. However, without advance planning, some of us will be forced to give up our cherished ...