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 July 25, 2014

Making Ice

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A cold drink is a great way to beat Southwest Florida’s sultry summer heat. And whatever your beverage of choice, ice is, of course, quintessential. That got News-Press story-teller Amy Bennett Williams thinking about how exactly ice is made. In this week’s offering, she takes us back to the 1800s and the story of one notable Florida doctor who held the first U.S. patent for mechanical refrigeration.

Essays
5:15 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Ortona Indian Mound Park

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This week’s offering from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams takes us to a little known park west of Lake Okeechobee, that now plays host to weddings, family reunions and other visitors seeking a spot of serenity in nature. But before the efforts of a former Glades County property appraiser, the site was little more than a garbage dump and it’s also been discovered as one of Florida’s most significant archeological sites.

Essays
8:35 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Entropy: Finding Peace in Chaos

This week’s encore offering from News-Press Storyteller Amy Bennett Williams is inspired by the daily deluge of rainfall that’s typical of our Southwest Florida summers. Despite the precipitation’s life renewing qualities, it can wreak havoc on an aging rural homestead, which has got her thinking about energy, the perpetual progression toward disorder and most importantly, finding peace in the chaos.

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8:35 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Green Fatigue

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The tell-tale signs of a subtropical Southwest Florida summer are upon us including the almost daily deluge of rainfall. That prompts the prolific growth of the regions flora and an overabundance of the color green on the landscape. In this week’s offering from News-press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams, she extolls the broad spectrum of sources and shades of green that color our region and the inspiration it can provide.

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8:35 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Striped Mullet

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Striped Mullet are a prolific fish species in Florida waters most easily spotted through their habit of leaping out of the water. Their good vision and speed can make them a challenge for rod and reel anglers. News-Press Storyteller Amy Bennett Williams hadn’t given the fish much thought, until a recent family canoe trip through the mangroves brought her up close and personal with one.

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