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 March 27, 2015

Heavy in the Bag

Amy Bennett Williams

It’s a sensation most of us are all too familiar with: that sense of being overwhelmed by the tasks and responsibilities on our plates, and feeling guilty over things we haven’t gotten to, or that we’re worried we’re not quite doing right. It’s a sensation News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams is all too familiar with herself, as she explains in this week’s essay.

Essays
8:45 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Splendor In The Grass

Amy Bennett Williams

I almost stepped on the thing before I yanked myself back at the last minute. Whatever the thumb-sized object was, it appeared to be fashioned of gold.

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8:45 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Taxonomical Context

Clyde Butcher

News-Press story teller Amy Bennett Williams not only loves tromping around in wild places – she also likes to be able to place wild things in their proper taxonomical context. But in this week’s encore essay, she discovers that not everyone has the same need or appreciation for detail.

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8:45 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Amy Bennett Williams Spotlights Her Beloved 'Burrito'

Amy Bennett Williams

The myriad of animals living on News-Press story teller Amy Bennett William’s rural Alva homestead frequently add context or humor to her essays. This week’s offering, though, places one particularly charismatic creature in the spotlight.

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8:45 am
Fri February 27, 2015

A Day in the Caloosahatchee River

Amy Bennett Williams

The Caloosahatchee River is a treasure for both residents and tourists alike and serves as an iconic landmark here in Southwest Florida. The river and its estuary are vital for a broad spectrum of the region’s flora and fauna. The Caloosahatchee’s once narrow winding oxbows have been dramatically altered throughout history by dredging and development, but nonetheless, News-Press story-teller Amy Bennett Williams tells us, the river can be a great place for a mother and her sons to spend an afternoon swimming, splashing and exploring.

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