Amy Bennett Williams' Essays

Fridays @ 8:45am

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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8:45 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Childhood Injuries

Amy Bennett Williams

In last week’s essay, News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams recounted a recent axe injury incurred by her son, Nash, which has also inspired this week’s offering. Most any parent can tell you that the first time their child experiences a serious injury, the emotions attached to that moment leave a prominent footprint in one’s memory. That was certainly the case for Williams’ as she recalls in this week’s essay.

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Essays
8:45 am
Fri January 16, 2015

The Perks of Raising an Outdoorsy Kid

Amy Bennett Williams

For children raised in rural locations like News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams’ Alva homestead, it’s not surprising that they’d develop a comfortable sense of place in wild settings. But for Williams’ younger son, Nash, honing a broad range of outdoor skills has developed into a lifestyle. He’s learned some valuable lessons along the way from sometimes unlikely sources, including the importance of shoes, as Williams’ explains in this week’s essay.

Essays
8:45 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Guide to Life in Southwest Florida

Amy Bennett Williams

Like many Southwest Floridians, News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams came here from somewhere else. And every year, when her newspaper publishes its guide to life in the region, she remembers some of the necessary adjustments to our sometimes startling day-to-day reality.

Essays
8:45 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Farmville (Encore)

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Five years ago, when Facebook was still a relative novelty, the game Farmville was all the rage. In this encore essay from that time, News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams chronicled her own rural Farmville, a place she still happily inhabits.

Essays
8:45 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Sabal Palm

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This week, News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams pays homage to Florida’s state tree: the sabal Palm. Sabal palms can be found all over her rural Alva homestead and can grow in just about any soil making it the most widely distributed palm tree in the state. In addition to its aesthetic beauty, the sabal palm is also useful for food and medicine. And for Florida’s wild creatures it can be both a harbinger of life...and death.

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