For more than 40 years, Craig Handel has written for newspapers in Wisconsin, Arizona, California, Massachusetts and Florida, with his stories being picked up by newspapers in the United States and beyond. He has covered the highest level of college sports while tracking local athletes in high school, college and the pros. Recently, he has gotten to know Collier and Lee County community leaders through stories on various aspects of health, philanthropy and community service. After taking a buyout with The News-Press after 20 years, Craig started his own business – Handel on Writing. He helps people craft personalized stories for their websites. Besides writing freelance stories for Shell Point Magazine, Craig also coaches writers and is working on a couple of book ideas. In his latest project, he is working with founder Wilson Hawthorne on developing ‘American Business Writers’. The idea is to provide concierge writing services and making writing more concise so businesses can improve their message, which can help them make more money. Craig can be reached at email@example.com.
Raised in Virginia by a Southern lady and a WWII pilot, Tina has a very busy life. She is Veteran Services Charmian of her DAR chapter (Daughters of the American Revolution). She meets once a month with her Kiwi chapter (retired American Airlines flight attendants are Kiwis, birds that don’t fly). Her EAA chapter (Experimental Aircraft Association) at the Naples airport is mentoring Young Eagles to build an airplane. Young Eagles are ages 8 to 17 years old and get to experience flying in a single-engine prop airplane for free. Tina volunteers in the background.
She is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs and enjoys tennis, dancing, and traveling to Cape Cod.
We were amazingly pleased to receive notification that our play, VIZHON, which was world premiered October 2018 at the John McCabe Theatre in Valrico, Florida, was nominated BEST MUSICAL, BEST SCORE AND BEST DIRECTOR for that year. The play was substantially revised, performed by The Village Players, and directed by Nancy Fueyo.
All monies were donated — 1/2 to The Village Players, 1/2 to a young female pancreatic patient in the area who was so thankful upon receiving the gift. We were blessed and honored.
Carmine and Dorayne Lombardo
I am a ghostwriter, editor, and nonfiction writer currently living in Fort Myers, Florida, USA (recently moved from Prague, Czech Republic, where I was working as an ESL teacher). I studied at Indiana University, Bloomington, where I received a master’s degree in ethnomusicology. Before that, I received a bachelor’s in linguistics and folklore. Aside from writing, my interests include reading, traveling, learning about other cultures, languages, history, animals, health, social justice, art, music, and overanalyzing the fantasy worlds in the cartoons my kid watches. Currently, I write mostly nonfiction, especially essays that merge nature and the environment with human issues. I also love writing about music. In the past, I’ve written short stories (one has appeared in Times of the Islands magazine), and I have a still-unpublished horror novella.
Lori’s website: https://lalehtheghost.wordpress.com/
WANTED: Volunteer Tech for non-profit radio station WKDW 97.5 FM open mic radio show, “Writers on the Air” on Sundays in North Port at 12735 US 41 South between 2:00-4:00. Will train. No experience necessary. More than three techs needed so slot can be shared. Details: Linda 941-223-1262
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NPR station WGCU, 90.1 FM will broadcast my Moon Day poem on Friday, July 19, at the following times:
Morning Edition 8:45 AM
All Things Considered 4:44 PM
July 21 is the 50th anniversary of Moon Day and also my 89th birthday.
Click the link below to access the station:
The poem will also be featured in the Tropicalia supplement of the News-Press on Sunday, July 21.
Please join me in sharing the poem and memorable event with you.
Elderly gentleman in South Fort Myers (close to Alico Road) looking for a ghost writer to help him write his memoir.
If interested, email Schwfs@yahoo.com
Hot Fudge Monday
Short and to the point, this collection of fiction, non-fiction, essays, rants and poetry will keep you entertained. A great book to take to the beach or the bathroom.
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In 1987, the city of Chicago hired a former radical college chaplain to clean up rampant corruption on the waterfront. R. J. Nelson thought he was used to the darker side of the law—he had been followed by federal agents and wiretapped due to his antiwar stances in the sixties—but nothing could prepare him for the wretched bog that constituted the world of a Harbor Boss.
Director of Harbors and Marine Services was a position so mired in corruption that its previous four directors ended up in federal prison. Nelson inherited angry constituents, prying journalists, shell-shocked employees, and a tobacco-stained office still bearing a busted door that had been smashed in by the FBI. Undeterred, Nelson made it his personal mission to become a “pneumacrat,” a public servant who, for the common good, always follows the spirit—if not always the letter—of the law.
Dirty Waters is a wry, no-holds-barred memoir of Nelson’s time controlling some of the city’s most beautiful spots while facing some of its ugliest traditions. A guide like no other, Nelson takes us through Chicago’s beloved “blue spaces” and deep into the city’s political morass. He reveals the different moralities underlining three mayoral administrations, from Harold Washington to Richard M. Daley, and navigates us through the gritty mechanisms of the Chicago machine. He also deciphers the sometimes insular world of boaters and their fraught relationship with their land-based neighbors.
Ultimately, Dirty Waters is a tale of morality, of what it takes to be a force for good in the world and what struggles come from trying to stay ethically afloat in a sea of corruption.
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