Archive for February, 2003

02/1/2003

Guest Stars

It takes a certain aplomb to look fabulous at a wedding and not show up the bride. Here are a few tips on how to succeed. But a word of warning: Follow these tips closely and you’re bound to be invited to every wedding on the calendar. Wedding Guest Fashion Trends for Her (from Kim […]

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02/1/2003

This Thing Called Love

Medically speaking, it’s safer to be in love than out of it. The Rand Center for the Study of Aging tracked more than 4,000 men over 22 years and found that married men in their 50s, 60s and 70s have lower mortality rates than their single counterparts. Their research indicates this is due to a […]

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02/1/2003

Homes With A High IQ

"Hello, Hal." "Hello, homeowner." "I’m having a dinner party tonight, Hal." "Fine. I’ll arrange the lighting and draperies, adjust the air conditioning and play your favorite CD in the dining room." "My guests might enjoy a movie later." ‘I’ll prepare the plasma screen, with Dolby Sound, lights off, blinds closed, and cushioned leather seating in […]

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02/1/2003

Taking the Cake

The bride may be at the center of her ceremony, but the undeniable star of the reception table is the wedding cake. Today’s cakes are anything but traditional. Couples want their cakes to reflect their unique personalities and relationship, says Rhonda Shinn of A Slice of Heaven, who has inscribed song lyrics and poetry on […]

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02/1/2003

Good Mornings

The Richard Ericksons of northern Michigan envisioned sunny mornings sipping coffee and reading the newspaper, surrounded by the natural light and tropical foliage of their Longboat Key vacation home. The modest ranch-style dwelling they purchased offered a waterfront location and serene setting, but tiny windows and a dark foyer impeded views; and the interior begged […]

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02/1/2003

Out of Blight

At the point where Route 301 and Route 41 merge to form Bradenton’s First Street is a striking new development. In what used to be a blighted neighborhood sandwiched between the busy junction, a rail line and blocks of dilapidated houses is a stunning enclave of 160 brand-new townhouses exuding urban Southern charm. Olive and […]

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02/1/2003

Mr. Chatterbox

As many of my regular readers probably suspect, being Mr. Chatterbox is just a "day job" for me. I have a whole other career. And, no, it’s not delivering the Herald-Tribune from 2 to 6 a.m.; that was a temporary situation and has been over for six months now. I am referring to my position […]

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02/1/2003

Sarasota Romance

For most, the story of Bird Key extends back to the late 1950s, when Arthur V. Davis’ Arvida Corporation bought the John Ringling holdings and set upon the task of redefining Sarasota. Through a massive dredge-and-fill operation, the key was enlarged to accommodate 291 waterfront and 220 off-water lots. Bird Key was and continues to […]

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02/1/2003

Addicted to Love

Reproductive Medicine Sarasota gynecologist Dr. Joe Corcoran reports that despite the media hype, couples choosing in vitro fertilization still face only about a 25-percent success rate. Those diagnosed with "unexplained infertility" can expect only a 15- percent to 20-percent success rate. Still, he maintains that many factors can skew these numbers one way or the […]

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02/1/2003

Happily Ever After

"There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage," Martin Luther wrote in 1569, and that enduring ideal made this special issue about Sarasota weddings a delight to work on, as couples shared tender stories of how they met, wedding pros inspired us with their ideas and photographers […]

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