THE ISLAND GOLFER: Taking up golf? A better chance for success if you excel at tennis

Long dubbed country club sports, tennis and golf experienced a resurgence in popularity in the past 20 months due to pandemic-related dynamics. Both sports have risen from a consistent decline over two decades and are now seen as safe outdoor recreational activities for the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike. The Omicron variant of the Covid virus […]

DOG LIFE: Food and treats for your dog

This topic is very controversial. Everyone, including pet food companies, claims to have the best food for dogs.The truth is, it depends on the individual dog. As long as your dog likes it and has no allergies to the ingredients in the food, it’s fine to give it to him. If you have a puppy, […]

ECOWATCH: Who is responsible for toxic algae in Florida waters?

“We have not used our water well. Our major rivers are defiled by noxious debris. Pollution from cities and industries kills fish in our streams. Many waterways are covered with oil slick and contain growths of algae that destroy productive life and make the water unfit for recreation. ‘Polluted Water — No Swimming’ has become a familiar sign on […]

ECOWATCH: Is the web of life collapsing?

“We warned that one day  you would not be able to control what you have created, and that day is here.” – Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Lakota Native American spiritual leader                                                                                                                       What is the Web of Life? Many people do not realize that understanding this description of nature is crucial to man’s survival. One of the […]

ECOWATCH: Welcome to the New Year, but let’s remember the past

“There are winds of destiny that blow when we least expect them. Sometimes they gust with the fury of a hurricane, sometimes they barely fan one’s cheek.                         But the winds cannot be denied, bringing as they often do a future that is impossible to ignore.”   – Nickolas Sparks, American novelist                                                                                                    The Christmas holiday has its three ghosts: the past, […]

EcoWatch: Sharing nostalgic island memories of the past

“To bring a departed one back to life is no great magic. Few are wholly gone;  blow on a departed man’s embers, and a live flame will start .”   – Robert Graves, poet                                                                                                        It is true that a person is not really departed while his name is still spoken. So let’s go back to my column […]

ECOWATCH: A perfect holiday gift for our wildlife is empathy

‘’Life is precious to all creatures, as it is to us.                                                       They also seek a life full of happiness with no                                                        injury or pain. Let us strive to be more responsive                                              and cognizant of their plight and offer protection                                                  for all wildlife — especially for the creatures in Florida’s                                      coastal waters.”  – Author unknown                                                                                            […]

ECOWATCH: It’s never too late to be charitable

                                                                   – Aldo Leopold,                 author, philosopher, naturalist, scientist  Recent news reports on November 27 listed last Tuesday as Giving Tuesday, which will last until December 3. However, there should not be a cutoff time to be charitable. It is never too late to be generous.                                                The idea is simple: After days of shopping […]

Let’s savor lasting memories of a Thanksgiving Day

EcoWatch                                                                   “I do not think of all the misery, but of the glory that remains. Go outside into the fields, nature and sun, go out and seek happiness in yourself and in God. Think of all the beauty that again and again discharges itself within and without, and be happy and thankful.”          – Anne Frank, author and victim of […]