An attitude of gratitude gives a boost to health

Being appreciative and thankful for what we have leads to increased happiness, satisfaction and optimism. More...

Posted 5/30/2017 04:00 PM

Zoe is her family’s first mate

Zoe, a tiny Maltese owned by Carol and Mickey Milove, has a title, “Fluffy First Mate” which is a little ironic considering she doesn’t like boating and is afraid of water. More...

Posted 5/30/2017 04:00 PM

Spring has sprung at Corkscrew Swamp

A light blanket of fog slowly begins to lift from the wet prairie north of the exit boardwalk on a spring morning. The calls and songs of songbirds start to fill the air. More...

Posted 4/26/2017 02:05 PM

Sisters go together like PB and J

Looking at puppy photographs on the internet in 2008, newlyweds Kara and Ryan Scofield did a double-take when one picture caught their attention. The puppies were strange-looking and hairless. Intrigued, the couple went to see them. More...

Posted 4/26/2017 02:05 PM

Club Meetings

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Posted 4/26/2017 02:05 PM

Explore five ecosystems of Florida in one spot

Visitors to the Dalton Discovery Center at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida have the opportunity to walk across Florida in just half an hour. More...

Posted 4/11/2017 08:49 PM

Club Meetings

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Posted 4/11/2017 08:49 PM

Heal and grow through the losses in life

Losses are part of life and occur in many forms: the loss of relationships that we cherished, loss of our youth or physical beauty, loss of a job, loss of health, and loss of a loved one. More...

Posted 4/11/2017 08:49 PM

Top 10 things to do at Lovers Key

Lovers Key State Park is teeming with things to do. Pay the entrance fee and obtain a trail guide at the ranger station, then proceed to parking lot No. 1, a good place to: More...

Posted 3/29/2017 02:42 PM

Corkscrew a sanctuary for threatened kestrel

Standing along Corkscrew’s boardwalk, I watched as a small falcon dove rapidly towards the top of a wax myrtle, pulling out of the dive at the last moment. More...

Posted 3/29/2017 02:43 PM

A chat with an Uber driver

I recently took an Uber from a business meeting in Plano, Texas, to DFW Airport. I asked the driver if he minded if I sat up front, and he was agreeable. More...

Posted 3/29/2017 02:43 PM

Which name fits the shelled creature to a T?

Turtles. Tortoises. Terrapins. All different, yet much the same. During a visit to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida you can see all of them and learn about how and where they live and what sets each apart.  More...

Posted 3/14/2017 07:15 PM

WHY COOK: An interactive luncheon at Bonita Y

AT THE NEWEST FUNDRAISING EVENT in Bonita Springs held on March 1, guests participated in preparing an international four-course meal for their table, led by the executive chef at Michael’s On East. More...

Posted 3/14/2017 07:15 PM

Florida bobcat is the strong, silent type

One mammal a lot of the visitors to the Bonita Nature Place wonder if they will see is the Florida bobcat. The bobcat is the next smaller native big cat after the Florida panther. More...

Posted 3/14/2017 07:15 PM

Lawyer strives to make government relevant to students

Neighbor

James O’Leary is doing what he can to ensure that Lee County school students appreciate the important role the legal system and the U.S. Constitution play in their lives. More...

Posted 3/1/2017 02:01 PM

Kijah and friends can surprise with their sweetness

Our Best Friends

Heads turn when Kijah, Mika and Lady arrive at the Bonita Springs Dog Beach. Each is a mixed breed with the defining characteristics of a pit bull. More...

Posted 3/1/2017 02:01 PM

FOLKs have been key to park’s success for 20 years

Contributing to the success of Lovers Key State Park, almost from the beginning, has been a great group of FOLKs. More...

Posted 3/1/2017 02:01 PM

Curious kids find answers in Corkscrew programs

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is dedicated to educating the youth of today. More...

Posted 3/1/2017 02:01 PM

Capoeira is about mastering the craft and mastering yourself

James Green has a hard time viewing his class as a fitness class, even laughing when he is called a fitness instructor. More...

Posted 2/15/2017 06:42 AM

Gray ghosts haunt the Hadad family with joy

Our Best Friends

Two “gray ghosts” are treasured family members in the home of Kim and Lou Hadad. More...

Posted 2/15/2017 06:43 AM

The bald eagle is not bald, and other facts about the U.S. bird

As a volunteer at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Dalton Discovery Center, I have the opportunity to learn facts about our resident wildlife that I never knew — but thought I did.  More...

Posted 2/15/2017 06:43 AM

Peak wine hails from above the valley

Wine lovers know California’s Napa Valley as the place where some of the world’s best wines are made. More...

Posted 2/15/2017 06:43 AM

Scientists disagree on recommended amount of salt intake

Sodium is a vitally important nutrient required by the body for maintaining levels of fluids and for providing channels for nerve signaling. We cannot live without adequate amounts of it. More...

Posted 1/25/2017 11:47 PM

World travels with exotic animals eventually led to Southwest Florida

Neighbor

Baseball, hot dogs and apple pie may be the traditional icons of American life, but if the list were longer and took childhood into consideration, an argument easily could be made for adding Cheerios – and zoos.  More...

Posted 1/25/2017 11:47 PM

Club Calendar

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Posted 5/30/2017 04:00 PM

How safe is your credit card?

Credit card fraud amounted to $16 billion in the United States last year. The convenience of cards over cash has many benefits, but let’s take a few minutes to understand the risks in order to better protect your money.  More...

Posted 5/30/2017 04:00 PM

Pity the vegan

My wife and kids went vegan on me. As a wine lover, this hits especially hard. Sure, I love fruits, dark leafy greens, whole grains, beans and peas. More...

Posted 5/30/2017 04:00 PM

Visitors find flounder flatly fascinating

As visitors walk through the Florida ecosystems displayed at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Dalton Discovery Center, they encounter saltwater tanks containing various species of crabs, mollusks and fish. More...

Posted 4/26/2017 02:05 PM

GPS now is about the journey, too

There are two basic types of GPS most used today: in-car navigation (the kind that’s built into the dashboard), and smartphone apps (Google Maps, Apple Maps and Waze). I’ve used them all extensively. More...

Posted 4/26/2017 02:05 PM

Don’t judge a wine by its label

Perhaps you’ve been told to avoid wines with birds or reptiles on the labels. Or with embossed labels, or strange or nasty names? I used to obey that rule. Not anymore. More...

Posted 4/26/2017 02:05 PM

Snicker had a secret

Our Best Friends

For five years, Darcy and John Ault believed their dog, Snicker, was a white goldendoodle. They purchased him from a breeder as a puppy, sent him to puppy school and have thoroughly enjoyed his loving disposition and intelligence over the years. More...

Posted 4/11/2017 08:49 PM

What’s good for The Goose

The Goose Wine Estate is in a valley by South Africa’s Outeniqua Mountains, where Retief Goosen and Dr. Werner Roux have been producing some of the region’s finest wines since getting started at the turn of the century.  More...

Posted 4/11/2017 08:49 PM

A day for the tortoises

Did you know that gopher tortoises are found in parts of all 67 Florida counties? They are frequently encountered in neighborhoods, along roadways, and in many of Florida’s public parks and forests.  More...

Posted 3/29/2017 02:43 PM

Little Girl goes wandering and touches hearts

Our Best Friends

Little Girl is a rescue dog who recently was rescued a second time. The first time, she found the arms of Sayles Johnston, 88, a recent widower in North Dakota. More...

Posted 3/29/2017 02:43 PM

Club Meetings

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Posted 3/29/2017 02:43 PM

Maggie most often is along for the ride

Our Best Friends

Martin Wallerstein and his wife, Grace, searched for a whoodle, a soft coated Wheaten terrier and poodle mix, for quite a while. More...

Posted 3/14/2017 07:15 PM

Stay healthy as you age with simple strategies

Yes, we can add years to our lives, and we can choose to stay young and healthy. Often in conversations with other doctors I hear a common frustration. Most people want a quick fix and pill to solve their health problems. More...

Posted 3/14/2017 07:15 PM

Club Meetings

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Posted 3/14/2017 07:16 PM

Malbec has made a name for Argentina

Pick up any bottle of malbec and the chances are pretty good it’s from Argentina. Developed in France, the malbec grape found a second life in the South American country that now exports the majority of the Malbec consumed in America.  More...

Posted 3/14/2017 07:16 PM

Free up storage space by deleting iPhone photos

How often have you tried to take a photo or video with your phone and received a nasty message that you don’t have enough storage memory left? Many iPhones still in use have only 8GB of main memory. More...

Posted 3/1/2017 02:01 PM

Antique engines, quilts on view at historic site celebration

A special weekend is planned this month at the Koreshan State Historic Site. Experience the sounds, sights and smells of antique engines running, and view gorgeous and intricate handmade quilts set against a historic home built in 1905.  More...

Posted 3/1/2017 02:01 PM

Club Meetings

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Posted 3/1/2017 02:01 PM

Spotlight Medical Directory

Dental  Bonita Estero Dental Group  Owen F. Feeney, DMD Claudie I. Delgado-Feeney, DMD 24940 S. Tamiami Tr., #202, Bonita Springs bonitaesterodental.com 239-948-4886  Family Dentistry of Bonita   More...

Posted 2/15/2017 06:42 AM

Lower your score with a few practical tips

“I wish I could play better golf.” Lowering your golf score is a simple numbers game. Here are some suggestions for how to do it.  More...

Posted 2/15/2017 06:42 AM

Club Meetings

If your club meets regularly and would like to be included on this page, please email the info to club@swspotlight.com  B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples   More...

Posted 2/15/2017 06:43 AM

How to keep the love you found

Valentine’s celebrations give us an opportunity to appreciate the love we have in our lives. However, it takes more than one day a year to make your love grow and prosper. More...

Posted 2/15/2017 06:43 AM

Spotlight Medical Directory

Dental  Bonita Estero Dental Group  Owen F. Feeney, DMD Claudie I. Delgado-Feeney, DMD 24940 S. Tamiami Tr., #202, Bonita Springs bonitaesterodental.com 239-948-4886  Family Dentistry of Bonita   More...

Posted 1/25/2017 11:47 PM

Healthy eating is tasty with lentils on the menu

Nutrition experts advise us to include more legumes in our diets. Legumes, such as lentils, can provide a healthy and satisfying meal.  Lentils are a high-fiber food, low in calories and high in nutrition. More...

Posted 1/25/2017 11:47 PM

Feel the difference to change your motor patterns

Golfers sometimes are reluctant to make refinements in their golf swings. Some feel that their playing may get worse before it gets better. More...

Posted 1/25/2017 11:47 PM

Audubon’s crested caracara shows its adaptations

Early morning light silhouetted a raptor’s form as it emerged from the scattered cabbage palms. It landed atop a short pine snag, surveying the wet prairie in front of it. More...

Posted 1/25/2017 11:47 PM