Not surprisingly, the trunks of the fiddlewood trees (Citharexylum spinosum) are used to make fiddles. The name comes from the Greek, where “k…

Rain smells differently wherever it falls. The spring rain that melts the last of the smog covered dregs into the slowly dripping gutters and …

Fiction can be broadly divided between literary and commercial categories. The lines between these two have been blurring. One reason is that …

Remember the famous line “Birds do it, bees do it, even orangutans in trees do it!” This week I learned how bees fall in love.

The first thing I do when I start writing a column is to research my subject. When I Googled desert rose shrub (Adenium obese), this is what c…

From time to time as I ponder topics concerning authors and books, I have debated with myself how often does a fledgling writer uses his best …

The fickle and fascinating orchid family has defied understanding for generations. Although it is one of the largest family groups with more t…

I was prepared to either really like this book or really dislike it. After spending most of my adult life in the financial services industry, …

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You are what you eat. Or as Hippocrates intoned thousands of years ago, “Let food be your medicine.” It was repeated again this week when my d…

Growing old gives a person a far different perspective on life. My growing old resulted in a seizure and a recent visit to the Lower Keys Medi…

When Roy Schmidt was growing up on Long Island, he fantasized about living a self-sufficient life on an out-of-the-way island in the tropics. …

Color isn’t real. It is how a substance reflects light. If the light is eliminated, like at night, the colors change. So I took a picture of a…

Give your valentine the jewels of the garden, the popular pentas shrub (Pentas lanceolata). These treasures can be admired year after year. Th…

“Old Money” is the third book in Bobby Cole’s series about Jake Crosby. In this book, Jake gives up his career as a stockbroker to realize his…

As she lowered her body into the hot water she would exclaim, “Oh, my aching bones.” Things have changed since the days of using a coal-burnin…