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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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.

Essays
8:35 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Tadpoles

Credit John Tann via Flickr

Southwest Florida’s warm wet summer weather creates ideal conditions for frogs to begin breeding. And on News-Press story teller Amy Bennett Williams’s rural homestead, that’s resulted in a flooded field covered in a blanket of tiny tadpoles. But as those pools of water recede, taking with them chances of survival for most members of that mass of ectoderms, it invokes a reflection on the precarious nature of life itself.

Essays
8:35 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Making Ice

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A cold drink is a great way to beat Southwest Florida’s sultry summer heat. And whatever your beverage of choice, ice is, of course, quintessential. That got News-Press story-teller Amy Bennett Williams thinking about how exactly ice is made. In this week’s offering, she takes us back to the 1800s and the story of one notable Florida doctor who held the first U.S. patent for mechanical refrigeration.

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5:15 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Ortona Indian Mound Park

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This week’s offering from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams takes us to a little known park west of Lake Okeechobee, that now plays host to weddings, family reunions and other visitors seeking a spot of serenity in nature. But before the efforts of a former Glades County property appraiser, the site was little more than a garbage dump and it’s also been discovered as one of Florida’s most significant archeological sites.

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