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 April 24, 2015

Hats

Amy Bennett Williams

Hendry County may be a sparsely populated and mostly rural region, but it also holds a wealth of historic markers. In this week’s encore essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams, we visit the LaBelle Ranch Supply store, where among the bags of deer pellets, cattle cubes and hog feed for sale, she discovered a historic treasure marking the lives and hard work of the region’s cattlemen who’ve passed on.

Essays
8:45 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Culinary Adventures

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From her earlier years traveling and exploring Mexico to family life today on her rural Alva homestead, a healthy curiosity and sense of adventure have followed News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams throughout her life. That sense of adventure most certainly extends into the culinary world as exemplified by her passion for peppers. But the penchant for all things spicy doesn’t necessarily extend to everyone in the Williams’ household; at least not yet, anyway.

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8:45 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Ethical Concerns Raised In Gyrocopter Coverage

A police device rolls toward a copter device, right, that landed on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday.

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 12:06 pm

Ethical questions are being raised about the Tampa Bay Times' coverage of Don Hughes, the Ruskin man who flew a homemade gyrocopter onto the grounds of the Capitol.

The Times first reported on Hughes' flight close to the time he took to the air on Wednesday.

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Essays
8:45 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Petrichor

Amy Bennett Williams

In consideration of the factors that create one’s sense of place, it can be easy to overlook one powerful characteristic: the smells. In this week’s essay, News-Press story teller Amy Bennett Williams takes us on an olfactory journey through some of the common and not-so-common scents associated with the Southwest Florida experience including her favorite; a smell named by geologists in the 1960s.

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8:45 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Catkins: Once Upon A Childhood Experience

Amy Bennett Williams

News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams and her son Nash recently took a hiking trip through the trails at C.R.E.W. Marsh relishing in nature’s tell-tale signs of Spring here in Southwest Florida. The outdoor sights and sounds, though, also got her thinking about all the characteristics of nature that defined her own childhood and lamenting what some no longer considered worth knowing in a modern day childhood experience.

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