Tag Archives: Florida

Why would you write about a pottery store? Punta Gorda, Florida

Some retail outlets are so unusual and successful they become tourist attractions.  Wall Drug in South Dakota comes immediately to mind.  But one is much closer to us: Pottery Express and Bamboo Farm in Punta Gorda, Florida.  As the name … Continue reading

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On the edge of the swamp: Everglades City, Florida

St. Augustine, Florida, founded in 1565, is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the United States.  Nonetheless, portions of Florida were still wilderness into the twentieth century. In 1912, C. G. McKinney, a  Chokoloskee island store owner, wrote complaining that … Continue reading

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Smallwood Store: Chokoloskee, Florida

American history is relatively young.   But even in the U.S., we tend to think of “pioneers” as belonging to the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  However, pioneers were eking out a living in Florida as late as the twentieth … Continue reading

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Helping people get enough to eat: ECHO, North Fort Myers, Florida

Close to a billion people around the world do not get enough food.  “Seventy-five percent of the world’s food is generated from only 12 plants and 5 animal species. ”  So reads a sign at ECHO, in North Fort Myers, … Continue reading

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Birds in our backyard – Cape Coral, Florida

Last week I wrote of the danger of becoming blasé about our surroundings. But I have yet to become indifferent to the birds we see here. Florida residents refer to people who come to visit in the winter as “snowbirds.”   So … Continue reading

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Familiarity breeds indifference.

A week after we married almost forty-eight years ago, my father-in-law sent us a letter urging us to have fun now because soon “the stale familiarity of marriage” would set in. In his own peculiar way, his heart was in … Continue reading

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Dillydallying with Dali: St. Petersburg, Florida

Surrealist painter Salvador Dali produced over 1500 artworks.  Just 96 of his oil paintings plus some prints and drawings are in the St. Petersburg, Florida Dali Museum.   It well worth visiting nonetheless because they are so well presented. Photos are … Continue reading

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