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History Sunday: Hemingway’s Cats – Revised Cuba Edition

Despite popular belief, according to son Patrick, Ernest Hemingway did not own cats when he and his second wife, Pauline, and their two sons, Patrick and Gregory, lived in Key West at 907 Whitehead Street. According to an article written by Mark Burrell in the Miami Herald on August 21, 1994, Patrick Hemingway stated that  >> READ MORE

Gardening Saturday: Florida’s Best Fruiting Plants

The common elderberry is widely distributed throughout the eastern United States, ranging as far north as Nova Scotia and as far south as Miami. It frequents ditch banks, roadsides, fence lines, and low hollows. TREE DESCRIPTION The elderberry is a deciduous shrub, attaining a height and spread of from 6 to 14 feet. It is  >> READ MORE

Nature Friday: Stalking the Plumed Serpent

My hand recoils as if I have touched a hot skillet. I look down and see a ruby-red jewel of blood welling up from the pinprick where a fang pierced the skin on the top of my right index finger. I feel a little sting from the puncture wound. More alarmingly, only seconds after the  >> READ MORE

Florida Keys Thursday: A New Guide to Old Florida Attractions

There are many places to stop and see on the way to Key West, and one spot, in Islamorada, is Robbie’s Tarpon Feeding. You wouldn’t think that a place that feeds fish would be all that popular, but tarpon aren’t just any fish. They can reach more than six feet in length and live up  >> READ MORE

Ghosts Wednesday: Best Ghost Tales of South Carolina

As the carriage slowly progressed toward the church, the weather conditions worsened. As he looked out the window, the young man hoped his family would be able to make it. They were coming later in the day, with hopes the heavy rain would slacken by then. The father had tried to get the son to  >> READ MORE

Travel Tuesday: Best Backroads of Florida: Coasts, Glades, and Groves

Slow travel through the Everglades and the adjoining Big Cypress Swamp on Tamiami Trail (US 41) can be a memorable experience. The Everglades saw grass is an awesome sight, stretching from horizon to horizon like a shag carpet. There is a fearsome aspect to such grassland, as you’ll see when you stand before the memorial  >> READ MORE

Fiction Monday: The Bucket Flower

Beth had no idea whether or not Matthew had made it safely through the storm. He might have been stuck aboard a boat on the way to Fort Myers or Key West when the tempest struck. Her efforts to record the flora of the Big Cypress had been destroyed again. Her notes might have been  >> READ MORE

History Sunday: The Edisons of Fort Myers

Except for the “chief weed stalkers,” the Fort Myers laboratory staff of seven men had arrived on January 16, 1929, ahead of the Edisons. The weed stalkers were on their way, after scouring the landscape in New Mexico and Arizona for plant specimens. Mrs. Edison planned a surprise for her husband and secretly had a  >> READ MORE

Gardening Saturday: Gardening in the Coastal South

Thyme: Two plants that have given me as much pleasure as any of the others are members of the thyme clan. Both grow in a sunny bed near the street at the outer edge of the sprinkler system’s area of coverage. Both are Thymus praecox cultivars and are tiny, creeping thymes. One of them hugs  >> READ MORE

Nature Friday: Florida’s Birds

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) Other names: Sparrow Hawk, Killy Hawk Description: Small; russet back and tail, two black facial stripes Habitat: Xeric scrub; dry prairies; mixed pine and hardwood forests; urban environments; pine flatwoods; sandhills; agricultural environments Range: statewide The American Kestrel is our smallest and most colorful falcon, typically about the size of a  >> READ MORE