Jammin’ at Pastry Art’s Open MIC Night

Open Mic night at Pastry Art in Sarasota

Sarasota’s split personality has always intrigued me. As a retirement community, the average age of its residents is well above the national average and even significantly above the Florida average. On the other hand, several universities and community colleges located in Sarasota County, including the renowned Ringling College of Art and Design, infuse the community … Read more

Peace River Wildlife Center – Rescuing Animals and Educating Humans

Peace River Wildlife Center in Punta Gorda Florida

When John Audubon first visited the Punta Gorda area on Florida’s Gulf coast in the early 19th century, he wrote that wading birds were so numerous that thousands flying overhead transformed daylight into darkness. Yet less than 100 years later the profligate population had been decimated. In small part, the decline was caused by homesteaders … Read more

I Am Not A Fan of Bach…Unless It Is Played By Yo-Yo Ma

The first time I ever heard cello music was at a screening of the Chinese film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Although the movie featured astonishing cinematography and mystical martial arts scenes set against a background of exquisite Chinese landscapes, it was the music that made my jaw drop. I stayed for the credits; I had … Read more