Tag Archives: Florida

Keith Goodson, mural painter: Lake Placid, Florida

Click on photos to enlarge. Sometimes our most interesting experiences are unexpected ones, the ones we stumble upon, the surprises. Lake Placid is an interesting town.  That is true whether you are in the New York Adirondacks [site of the … Continue reading

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Swamp Buggy Races, Naples, Florida

Click on photos to enlarge. Collier County, Florida has the highest per capital income in the state.  The 2017 Forbes billionaires list includes five people from Naples.  Forbes doesn’t list the top redneck events  but if they were to do so, Naples … Continue reading

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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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