Archive for March, 2006

03/1/2006

Bright Lights

The item: A Verdura Byzantine-style necklace of lavender amethyst, pink tourmaline, peridot and gold, priced at $33,000. The Byzantine theme, which is used frequently in Verdura jewelry, stems from a trip that Duke Fulco Verdura took with Coco Chanel when he was her jewelry designer in the 1920s. What makes it special: Rarity, eccentricity and […]

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03/1/2006

Homefront

COUNTER POINTS The most sought-after countertops in new or remodeled homes are going back to nature as more and more savvy homeowners study their options. "Our clients see a variety of granite, stone and marble applications for counters everywhere from model homes to decorating publications and televised programs," says Jim Butler, president of CCS Cabinetry. […]

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03/1/2006

Street Talk

NOISEMAKER SHARP SHOOTER Photographer Luca Guarneri takes aim at social issues. Luca Guarneri uses no words to tell compelling stories; instead, his black and white photography tells tales about Italian immigration in Brazil, tourists around the Coliseum in Rome and poverty in Newtown. His photos capture the journey from his native Sicily through Europe and […]

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03/1/2006

Walking on Water

As I traveled south though Charlotte Harbor this summer, a mirage emerged on the watery horizon. Heat waves danced across grass flats toward the featureless mangrove shoreline. In the distant shallows, what looked like rooflines on the water shimmered into focus and then disappeared. Near the southern reaches of Cayo Costa I veered east into […]

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03/1/2006

Our Brothers Michael

My brother Michael, the oldest of the seven children in our family, died of cancer when he was 14. He had leukemia; today, doctors can save most children who develop the disease, but back in the ’50s it was nearly always fatal. Medical facilities were limited in Fort Myers, where we lived; and my parents […]

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03/1/2006

Letters to the Editor

INFAMOUS IS THE WORD Our most famous citizen is on the cover of this month’s issue? Infamous would be a better word to describe Mr. Springer. I can name 10 other famous people who live here who would have been far more acceptable folks to tout. I’m ashamed to live in the same town as […]

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