Amy Bennett Williams' Essays

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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.

Summer Holiday

Aug 7, 2015
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Southwest Florida’s sweltering summer heat is upon us and while we wait for reprieve from milder fall and winter weather, that’s got News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams thinking about the nature of the winter holiday season and how out of place it can seem here in the subtropics. In today’s essay, she proposes that a summer celebration is what we need now. The only question is, “What should we call it”?

Like Mudder Like Son (ENCORE )

Jul 24, 2015

Summer’s seemingly constant rainstorms have long been a fact of life here in Southwest Florida. And besides helping to replenish groundwater stores, it creates the perfect conditions for something that’s a virtual magnet for kids of all ages: MUD. That’s the topic of this week’s encore essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams, for which we dug DEEP into the archives. It features Amy's eldest son D.P. back when he was just a ten years old boy.

The Trouble with Mangoes ENCORE

Jul 10, 2015
Amy Bennett Williams

The sweltering heat of sub-tropical summer has taken hold here in Southwest Florida. On the bright side though, it’s the time of year when delicious mangoes abound. While our taste buds may relish their juicy sweetness, the fruit comes with its perils. Many people either have or can develop an allergic reaction to the skin of mangoes and their sticky sap. News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams is among them as she tells us in this week’s encore essay, but she’s still quite passionate about the fruit.

Beloved Bovine

Jul 3, 2015
Amy Bennett Williams

From dogs and cats to chickens, goats and donkeys, News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett William’s home is a bustling menagerie of animal life. In this week’s essay, she tells us the story of Luciana, a former resident of the Williams’ Alva homestead that would ordinarily be considered livestock, but this beloved bovine definitely fell under the category of pet.

Walk-Ins Welcome

Jun 26, 2015
Amy Bennett Williams

This week, News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams takes us back to a day when her youngest son was just a toddler. The day didn’t start out too memorably or very good at all really, until a chance encounter illuminated just how insignificant our minor inconveniences can be, and how important other seemingly insignificant things actually are.