Archive for June, 2005

06/1/2005

Get on the Bus

The test for any civic architecture is its functionality. Design excellence is important, to be sure, but handsome modern architecture that doesn’t accomplish the purpose for which it was commissioned is worse than useless-it’s a hollow monument and a waste of money. Private commissions such as residences, corporate offices and commercial businesses are often the […]

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06/1/2005

Shall we dance?

Observing snowy egrets on a recent trip to Sanibel Island’s J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge was like watching a choreographed dance on water. These birds cannot swim and generally hunt for food by walking in shallow water, but on this day they were fishing in greater depths. The snowy egrets took turns flying just […]

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06/1/2005

Mr. Chatterbox

Wasn’t it strange the way everybody important died at the same time? The Pope, Sandra Dee, Prince Rainer, Terri Schiavo. It’s almost too much to absorb. Do you think God is trying to tell us something? Or was he just getting backed up? One of the things on God’s agenda is clear-get a Living Will. […]

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06/1/2005

The Medical Maze

This "Top Doctors" issue, which includes medical researchers Castle Connolly’s listing of the best local specialists, always generates inquiries from readers; and after trying to help my mother navigate a recent medical crisis, I know why. We all realize that finding the right doctor can mean the difference-literally-between life and death; and most of us […]

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06/1/2005

Working on the Railroad

After 20 years of championing the restoration of the Venice Train Depot, Rollins W. Coakley, 83, received a fitting honor this spring: The 3.25-acre public park surrounding the depot was named the Rollins W. Coakley Railroad Park. "I feel a great sense of pride and humility" over the honor, says Coakley, who retired with his […]

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06/1/2005

SARASOTA’s 10 Best Spa Treatments

1. The Ritz-Carlton Members Spa Club. Emphasis: pampering. "Spa" is an acronym for sanitas per aquas, or health through waters, and The Ritz offers a full complement of hydrotherapy and other luxuries. The Aromatic Algae Soak and Hydro Massage can relax, detoxify, slenderize or just plain revitalize. And then there’s a massage with hands that […]

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06/1/2005

A Beach Too Far

Before the civil rights cause awakened much of the country, a unique clash over segregation and integration played out right here in Sarasota. At the center of the story were a brave black war veteran and a famous local author. To many readers, the language and tone used in this story may seem biased and […]

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06/1/2005

Top Docs-The List

America’s Top Doctors ($29.95 for softcover) may be ordered from its publisher, Castle Connolly (which provided Sarasota’s regional list of top doctors) by calling toll-free (800) 399-DOCS or by visiting the company’s Web site, www.AmericasTopDoctors.com. THE PROCESS Castle Connolly’s physician-led team of researchers follows a rigorous screening process to select top doctors on both the […]

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06/1/2005

Things we Love

Grab a seat The upholstered banquette has come back, and it looks great in breakfast areas, especially paired with a rectangular glass-top table. And designers are placing window seats at the end of a hallway with a mirror or window above, in the gallery library or in bedrooms under windows and in game rooms. Plush […]

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