Amy Bennett Williams' Essays

Fridays @ 8:35am

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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8:35 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Artichokes

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This week’s offering from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams derives from her love of food. In particular, we hearken back to her first taste of what’s become her favorite flower: the artichoke. The careful process and ritual of preparing this garden delicacy is also a point of familial connection to William’s grandmother and memories of the Italian matriarch working in the kitchen on a culinary labor of love.

Essays
8:35 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Stone Crabs

Andrea Westmoreland

For our neighbors to the north, October is typically associated with leaves changing color in the brisk fall weather, but here in the subtropics it’s a time when we begin to indulge in a tasty Florida delicacy: Stone crabs. The recreational and commercial stone crab harvest season begins October 15 and runs through May 15. While anglers, restaurateurs and diners alike look forward to the season, News-Press Story teller Amy Bennett Williams says, she’ll take a pass.

Essays
8:35 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Rain

Amy Bennett Williams

As we look toward the cooler weather of autumn, here in Southwest Florida that also means our summer rainy season is also coming to an end. That’s got News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams pondering the great variety of rainstorms in our region and how we experience them.

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Essays
10:30 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Rattle Snake

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News-Press story-teller Amy Bennett Williams regularly brings us tales of her encounters with the wildlife of Southwest Florida that also call this region home. Such encounters often inspire curiosity, a connection with the natural world and even awe. Of course, when it’s a rattlesnake advancing on a pair of children, protective instinct throws all of that out the window. But the encounter provided an opportunity for an impromptu anatomy lesson, and even in that, Williams tells us, she’s able to find the beauty.

Essays
8:35 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Watermelon

Amy Bennett Williams

This week’s offering from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams pays homage to that staple fruit of summertime picnics and cookouts: Watermelons. Despite the juicy mess these sweet melons can leave behind, it’s an indulgence loved by all at William’s rural homestead from kids down to the livestock.

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