History and beauty abound on ‘ugly jars’

“Ugly jar” is just one of the names for an antique memory jar — and it often is an accurate description. But a homemade memory jar is of interest because it tells a story. The jars can be any shape, but the most popular with collectors today are jars made from 19th-century jugs or bottles. The jug or bottle was […]


A semi-private war against terrorism continues in a fast-paced thriller

¦ “Unit 400: The Assassins” by T.L. Williams. First Coast Publishers. 298 pages. Trade paper $14.50. Former Navy SEAL Logan Alexander’s semi-private war against Islamic terrorism continues in this high-energy novel that grows smoothly out of its 2012 predecessor, “Cooper’s Revenge.” Now running a maritime consulting business in Boston, Logan is soon involved in payback for payback. A year earlier, […]


Pompeii .. (Kit Harington, Kiefer Sutherland, Emily Browning) With Mt. Vesuvius about to erupt in the ancient city of Pompeii, a slave-turned-gladiator (Mr. Harington) fights for the hand of a noble lady (Ms. Browning) whose family is caught in political turmoil. The effects are hit-and-miss, the acting is mediocre, and the story is predictable. Rated PG-13.


‘Muppets Most Wanted’

One of the great things about the Muppets is their willingness, nay, insistence, on making fun of show business and themselves in a playful way. Accordingly, “Muppets Most Wanted” begins with a song called “We’re Doing A Sequel” that includes the following line: “We’re doing a sequel/That’s what we do in Hollywood/And everybody knows that the sequel is never quite […]


¦ ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes isn’t easy for you. But if you do it, you’ll gain a better perspective of what you need to do to achieve your goals. Be open to new ideas. ¦ TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) There are still some problems you might have to deal with […]




House Hunting:

15 Bunker Lane, Rotonda West

This waterfront home is situated on one of the most scenic streets in Rotonda West. The horseshoe-shaped street is lined with beautiful homes, mature trees and lush grass carpets. Encircled by golf course fairways and lakes, the freshwater canal provides backyard fishing, free irrigation and plentiful bird watching. The home has 1,962 square feet of living space with three bedrooms […]

Thornberry showcases ‘modern historic home’ in Punta Gorda

Thornberry Custom Builders recently hosted an open house at the Perisho residence in Punta Gorda. The “modern historic home” concept is one of Thornberry’s approaches to customizing homes to homeowners’ exact specifications. The open house was held to introduce the company’s construction to the real estate and construction industry, chamber members and friends and neighbors. The brand new home was […]

Screen on!

Fourth annual Fort Myers Film Festival brings fresh, edgy, indy films to SWFL ... again

THE SCRAPPY AND TENACIOUS FORT MYERS Film Festival celebrates its fourth year this month. The festival opened March 19 with “Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory,” a documentary that examines the powerful effect of music on those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Screenings of shorts, feature films and more documentaries continue through Saturday, March 22; an awards celebration […]