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 November 21, 2014

Cold Snap

Amy Bennett Williams

With overnight temperatures reaching lows in the 40s this week, today’s installment from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams explores how a sub-tropical cold snap can impact our perceptions here in Southwest Florida.

Essays
8:35 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Slow Food

Amy Bennett Williams

  “May suitable doses of guaranteed sensual pleasure and slow, long-lasting enjoyment preserve us from the contagion of the multitude who mistake frenzy for efficiency.”

That’s an excerpt from the Slow Food Manifesto penned in 1989 by Slow Food International founding member Folco Portinari in reaction to the rapid propagation of fast food restaurants seemingly everywhere you look. News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams was only introduced to the manifesto a few years ago, but the Slow Food Movement’s principles of eating local and taking the time to savor a home-cooked meal are ideals she’s long embraced as we learn in this week’s mouth-watering essay.

Essays
8:35 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Palmettos

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This week’s essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams pays homage to one of Southwest Florida’s prolific plant species: the Saw Palmetto. This hearty plant’s sharp spines will most certainly leave their mark on those who venture into a dense thicket of them, and while they’re not conventionally friendly, Williams’ has grown to appreciate the palmetto trails that cradle her rural home.

Essays
8:35 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Morning Soundscape of a Rural Alva Homestead

Nighttime at News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams’ rural Alva homestead is usually a relatively peaceful and quiet place. However, come morning, that quiet soundscape is shattered in a cacophony of dissonant noises from dogs, cats, geese, boys, roosters, horses and other beasts all working concertedly in what can only be described as a barnyard symphony. She takes us there, in this week’s essay.

Essays
8:35 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Morning Along the Caloosahatchee

Riverside Community Park Along the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers
Amy Bennett Williams

This week News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams creates of sense of place and offers a glimpse into Williams’ family life in this vignette of her ponderings one lazy morning in one of her favorite places along the shores of the quirky, yet beloved Caloosahatchee River.

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