Garden joy

Now is the time, late but not too late: You can still grow food straight out of the Florida earth, just like some green thumb in south Jersey or west Missouri or east Ohio or north Tennessee. Like some old honker who loves tomatoes more than God and can spin them from soil like a carnival foodie can spin cotton […]


Why politics, religion always must be separate

Politics invariably provokes arguments and religion often does likewise. When these forces are combined, there’s certain to be passionate contention. This combustible mixture is arising with renewed aggressiveness as many far-right zealots embrace Christian nationalism to combat society’s growing acceptance of those unlike them — particularly in their creed or sexual orientation. Despite their “pious” and “patriotic” label, Christian nationalists […]

Swept away by the memory of a great vacuum design

Nature abhors a vacuum. So said Aristotle. But I adore a vacuum, especially if someone else is using it. And I especially love one when it packs as much whimsy and history as the Hoover Constellation. Grandma called it the sweeper, and so it was. It swept the sand and the dust of the days in her Fort Myers home. […]

The fuzzy-feelies

Every year we plunge into a month or more of the fuzzy-feelies, the gratitude-giving rejoicing imperatives of the holiday season. With those imperatives about how we’re supposed to feel and behave, come expectations: Comfort. Peace. Security. A full belly. Pleasure. But all that may be fanciful. Holidays can be rough. The days get shorter as the light dims. People keep […]

Federation continues 8 Days, 8 Ways to help others

Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s Jewish Volunteer Center’s “8 Days, 8 Ways of Giving Back” is continuing, offering people of all ages a reminder of why community service is one of the most important gifts one can give at Hanukkah time. Now in its sixth year, 8 Days, 8 Ways, offers eight days of opportunities to do good deeds […]

Little Smiles’ annual toy drive underway

It may not be the most wonderful time of the year for some people. But Little Smiles of Florida aims to change that by helping kids to be kids through difficult times by spreading holiday cheer with its annual Holiday Toy Drive. The organization is collecting gifts through Dec. 25 for children from newborns to 18 years old. The gifts […]

The human nation

Unlike God, K.C. Schulberg and John Capece worked right through the seventh day, without a rest. The Waterkeepers, two of 14 who lead nonprofit chapters in Florida and 350 in the world, have joined 35,000 other people from north, south, east and west — people including President Biden, some U.S. Senators and some high-level cabinet officials — to attend and […]

A rare courage

Courage and grit are two virtues I’ve always celebrated in Americans. Once I associated them with cowboys and veterans, which included my father and my uncles. But they appear across the board in our culture, I learned, firing up in city boys and country boys alike. In clerkified offices and on jackhammer job sites. In big and rugged or little […]


The patriot vote

So a South African woman named Sonya Lubner shows up in the United States with her husband, Clive, they become Americans, they open a business on the southwest coast and they raise some whippersnappers, educating them in the region’s fine schools. They even fly American flags on July 4 until her children become adults. So far so good. And then […]


The need for humans to explore is innate

I’ve always been fascinated by space. It’s an attraction that has gripped people throughout history and once more is opening a grand national adventure. Growing up in Juno Beach in the late 1950s and early ’60s, at night I saw the fiery trail of rockets from Cape Canaveral. In the 1980s, I applied for the Journalist in Space program to […]

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