Ongoing Coverage:

Amy Bennett Williams' Essays

Fridays @ 8:35am

Amy Bennett Williams touches our hearts each week with a special Essay. From the beauty found in Southwest Florida to heart-warming stories of family, friends and neighbors, her essays take us around our community and often into our past.  Her commentaries extol the beauty found in the commonplace objects and places – and are delivered with a touch of tenderness.

Williams is a long-time writer for The News-Press who started emptying ashtrays and writing obits and now has the coolest job title she can imagine: Storyteller. She's also author of the pictorial history book, "Along the Caloosahatchee" and is at work on another. She and her husband, Roger, also a writer, live in rural Alva with their two sons and way too many animals.

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Essays
8:30 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Rodeo

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This week’s encore offering from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams takes us out of the realm of shorts and flip-flops and into one of boots and wrangler jeans at the annual Cracker Days Rodeo in North Fort Myers. It’s a remembrance from her early days living in Southwest Florida and her nerve wracked participation in an all journalist barrel race.

Essays
8:35 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Cecropia

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On a recent bustling day mired in chores, responsibilities, and too much to do at work, News-Press story teller Amy Bennett Williams had a couple of moments that broke the cogency of running from task to task. The first involved an encounter with an exotic fruit more often found in a South American rainforest than in the subtropics of Southwest Florida.

Essays
8:35 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Jury Duty

Showing up for jury service, while an important civic duty, often involves staving off boredom while waiting for one’s name to be called. News-Press story teller Amy Bennett Williams recently experienced this challenge. And while sitting with other potential jurors, she couldn’t help notice the bland waiting room that erased all signs of Southwest Florida and her sense of place in it. That preys on a fear of Williams’ that our region could one day lose the unique and quirky characteristics she’s come to love about life in Southwest Florida.

Essays
8:35 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Kingfisher

Plate 77 of Birds of America by John James Audubon depicting Belted Kingfisher.

Part of the wonder of Southwest Florida’s wild spaces includes the vast array of bird varieties that live among us. And one species in particular recently caught the attention of News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams. Between their energetic flight movements, crested heads and piercing call, the Kingfisher is hard to mistake for anything else.

Essays
8:35 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Pier

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It's just as possible to fall in love with a place as it is to fall in love with a person. At least it is for News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams in this encore essay - especially if that place is Fort Myers' Tarpon Street Pier around sunset.

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