Young victim of abuse knows life is short — and precious

Amanda Linna’s future is in a holding pattern until she can walk again. She’s determined to find her way back to the life she led prior to Sept. 21, 2007. On that autumn evening, her boyfriend turned on her in a drunken rage, rattling her brain inside her skull. By December, she couldn’t breathe on her own. For three weeks, […]

New York, New York

Actress Debi Guthery recounts her big leap from Southwest Florida to The Big Apple

Debi Guthery went to New York to pursue her dream. After acting locally and around the state of Florida, she wanted to see what the city might hold for her.   She was in her mid-40s, which some naysayers might claim is too old to start following your dream. Her only stage experience was in community and regional theater, and […]

BoogieMen play to benefit back-to-school carnival

Sometimes a band is so great that you just can’t sit still. That’s why the upcoming BoogieMen concert is appropriately titled “Dancin’ in the Aisles.” This concert is a collaborative event between the band and the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, and is a benefit for cultural center’s Back To School Carnival. The concert will be held from 7:30 p.m. […]

Picture clocks surprise and delight admirers


One of the more unusual clock styles made in the 19th century is the “picture clock.” It is a clever novelty, and a few modern versions are being made by Swiss clock companies. An artist paints a village scene or seacoast town that includes a tower or church. The oil painting can show people working or resting and enjoying the […]

Carlton Country means loving the land


“This Nearly Was Mine: A Journey through Carlton Country,” by Dr. Barbara Castleberry Carlton with Barbara Oehlbeck. Great Outdoors Publishing. 392 pages. $34.95. In this delightful, passionate book, Dr. Barbara Carlton assembles the story of one of Florida’s premier families, sharing their multi-generational contribution to the economy and to the responsible stewardship of Florida’s agricultural heartland. The book’s folksy flavor […]

The girl who’s mystified why those books are popular

Can 6 million people be wrong? That’s the number of copies of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy — “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and the just-released “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” — sold in the United States so far. And in an enviable literary hat trick, the books simultaneously top three lists […]

2009: It’s officially over


Father’s Day has already come and gone, but I do want to thank my dad for giving me this week’s topic, which I’ll explain. My dad is an avid college football fan and I noticed in the bookstores this week the first wave of college football magazines Naturally, I bought one to send to him. As I waited in line […]


¦ CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Be careful not to allow differences of opinion to create unpleasant feelings, especially in the workplace. A neutral observer could check out the situation and suggest a resolution. ¦ LEO (July 23 to August 22) While the Lion’s Den is the center of attention this week, with family matters dominating much of your […]

‘Toy Story 3’


In a summer full of tired and redundant sequels, “Toy Story 3” is, in the very least, a redundant sequel. When Andy’s devotion to the toys is questioned, the toys are separated and need to find/save one another before they’re taken away for good. Been here, seen this with this franchise. But thankfully, the film has enough of the charm […]


The A-Team … (Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson) When an elite team of Army Rangers is framed for a crime it didn’t commit, the four soldiers go rogue to get to the bottom of the conspiracy. This is how you adapt a TV series for the big screen. Co-writer/director Joe Carnahan (“Smokin’ Aces”) very nicely captures the spirit […]