BY JULIANNE GREENBERG - Everywhere you look, all around us, there’s so much natural beauty. Our environment is filled with picturesque scenery and delightful images.
I’ve always been jealous of those who can magically transform a blank canvas or paper into an image that actually resembles something artistic and beautiful.
Whether it’s our awe inspiring sunsets, blush pink early evening clouds, stunningly vibrant Bougainvillea or the shells that wash up on our beaches. There are so many vistas, images and faces that beg to be captured through art.
If you need a little instruction to get you creating something, there are several groups, clubs and classes that can get you going in the right direction.
BY LIZA STROUT - Michael Miller was born in Peoria, Ill., the second of seven children. His father was a carpet layer, his mother a homemaker.
As he puts it, “We were relatively poor. Not middle-class, but poor.”
When he was a child, he went to work with his father. Back then, you didn’t iron carpet to join them at a seam, you used to whip them. Sew them together with surgical needles. Work became a habit that has lasted his whole life.
I realized something at dinner Wednesday night. Sitting at the table with my four children, spending an hour urging them eat their food, pleading and yelling for the green beans and other healthy food to disappear, I found that I was watching a metaphor in progress.
You see, my kids have been sick lately. All of them. For what seems like a very, very long time. So when I went to the grocery store this weekend I took special care to spend a little extra money to get healthy food that they would, theoretically, enjoy.
Everything in theory sounds great, doesn’t it?
BY LIZA STROUT - It started as a whisper, and over the last few months has gathered steam. Word on the street is that the island real estate market is recovering by leaps and bounds.
While 2011 sales numbers showed the Charlotte County market was up by 11 percent and Sarasota was up by 17 percent, Gasparilla Island is up by 57 percent.
Gourmands and wine enthusiasts are invited to The Gasparilla Inn & Club for the historic resort’s most anticipated culinary event, the Sixth Annual Food & Wine Weekend.
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