Pets of the Week

To adopt or foster a pet  For information: Call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or visit LeeLostPets.com. When calling, please refer to the animal’s ID number. The website updates hourly so you will be able to see which pets are still available.  Adoption hours: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shelter is at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, next to […]

The disturbingly entertaining hell of a dysfunctional family in August


Even the best of families can be complicated at times. The worst of them are even more so. Throw in verbal and physical abuse, neglect, failed relationships, divorce and addictions to pills and alcohol, and you’ve got the makings of a real mess. Unless, of course, you’re talking about a fictional family. In which case you have the ingredients for […]

For women, sex equals power (but we already knew that)

On a recent Saturday night, I had the chance to sit in on a late-night drinking session with a group of male writers in New York. These were guys who have published important books, men with forceful opinions. They spoke with eloquence and depth of world events and literature while I sat sipping my sparkling water, trying not to make […]

From streaming to standup, Tom Green’s comedy is all in the timing

Comedian Tom Green comes to Port Charlotte’s Comedy Zone at Visani from May 31-June 1. Florida Weekly spoke with Mr. Green, a comic and thoughtful performer whose celebrity sprang from his innate gift of storytelling. Originally from Canada, Mr. Green’s home base is in Los Angeles, where he has lived 15 years. When we caught up with him, he was […]

2015 Nancies

THE BUSY WINTER/SPRING SEASON HAS ENDED AND hurricane season (everyone’s least favorite season, by far) is about to begin, which means it’s time for the Nancies, my often irreverent and sometimes tongue-in-cheek annual awards. This year we’ve had doorbells (“Dingdong!” – “The Book of Mormon: The Musical”) and phone calls (“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”), black and white […]

Learn the language of the auction


Every profession has its special language. Doctors discuss broken legs with terms like femur or tibia. School teachers now talk about “core curriculum” while real estate brokers have to know about “land contracts” or “joint ventures.” Collectors have to learn the descriptive words used in auction catalogs and ads like “attributed to,” “mint in the box,” “enhanced” or “pyro.” “Mint […]

Bonita chamber hosts workforce presentation

Southwest Florida’s business owners, human-resource managers and company leaders are invited by the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce to hear a July 22 presentation by Ted Phlegar, senior counselor for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Workplace Freedom Initiative. At the presentation from 7:30 to 9 a.m., Mr. Phlegar will highlight labor and employment regulations, legislation and issues impacting the […]

Last week’s trivia answer

I trace my roots back to Barcelona, Spain, in 1919, when my founder began offering yogurt. In 1973, I merged with BSN, a major industrial glassmaker that had become a top dog in mineral water, beer and infant food. Today I’m a leading global food company, present in more than 130 countries and focusing on fresh dairy products, waters, early […]

The Motley Fool Take

Name Your Own High-Growth Stock

Shares of online travel giant Priceline (Nasdaq: PCLN) dropped recently, as investors reacted negatively to its latest earnings report. Foreign currency fluctuations are hurting the company, but from a long-term point of view, Priceline looks remarkably solid. Gross travel bookings, the total dollar value of travel services purchased by customers, rose 12 percent over the year-ago quarter, totaling $13.8 billion. […]

Discover Southwest Florida this summer (camping not included)


There are many fun and festive things to do during the summer months in Southwest Florida. Camping is not one of them. I was reminded of this last weekend when my husband and I decided, for the first time ever, to tour the Koreshan State Historic Site in Estero between Fort Myers and Naples. It never fails to amaze me […]