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 essays 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.

Labor Day ENCORE

Sep 1, 2017
Courtesy of the News-Press archives

For many Americans the upcoming Labor Day holiday is little more than a chance to relax and enjoy a three-day weekend, but its historical intent is to recognize the creation of the labor movement and the social and economic achievements of American workers.  This week's encore essay from News-Press story-teller Amy Bennett Williams recounts her unlikely friendship with a prominent international labor organizer who helped create the United Auto Workers Union back in the 1930s, and who happened to spend part of the year here in Southwest Florida. 

Beatles and Crickets

Aug 30, 2017
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This month marks 48 years since the Beatles finished recording what would be their last album as a band, “Abbey Road.”  Along with the album’s iconic cover, songs like “Come Together” and “Here Comes the Sun” are firmly etched into the memory of our collective culture and continue to transcend generations of new listeners. 

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Raptors at the Calusa Nature Center in Fort Myers recently won a reprieve from potential euthanasia as state wildlife officials have given the Nature Center more time to complete construction of new aviary habitat for the birds, who are too severely injured to ever return to the wild.

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News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams is perhaps best known for her news reporting, feature stories and distinctive and descriptive prose.  In this week’s essay, she dives into the world of poetry writing, and shares an original composition in the style of American Modernist Poet Wallace Stevens, paying homage to a favorite subtropical fruit.

Passion Flower

Jul 28, 2017
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A tell-tale sign of warmer weather here in Southwest Florida comes in the form of the stunning purple blooms of one of nature’s most exquisite and complex flowers: the passion vine.  This Florida native grows prolifically and its eye-catching blooms attract both butterflies and people alike.  In this week’s essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams, she waxes poetic about this distinctive piece of Florida flora and explores the history behind its many common names.