Arts and culture

A Full Kitchen

Jul 21, 2017
Amy Bennett Williams

This week’s essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams includes her musings about the centrality of the kitchen to family and home life.  It’s not always the cleanest or best-organized room of the house, but even alone in the kitchen, the space can feel overwhelming and full with the recipes, traditions and totems of close friends and generations past.  

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A group of about 30 activists marched through downtown Fort Myers on Flag Day Wednesday. Activists around the country held similar marches. Their message: art matters and so do the lives of the marginalized. 

Courtesy of Clyde Butcher

Internationally renowned photographer and environmental advocate Clyde Butcher suffered a stroke in early May on the left side of his brain, which has affected his right hand and arm as well as his right leg.  For more than 30 years, Butcher has hiked deep into Big Cypress National Preserve, the western Everglades and other natural Florida locations to capture his iconic black and white photographs of our region’s pristine wild spaces. 

Amy Bennett Williams

Along U.S. 27 in Palmdale, which was once a major transportation artery, stands what remains of one of Florida’s lost tourist attractions:  Tom Gaskins’ Cypress Knee Museum. 

This month’s Versed in Florida is with poet Kelly Canaday of Naples. She’s a student at Florida Gulf Coast University where she’s majoring in English and minoring in Creative Writing.  She’s also co-president of FGCU’s Creative Writing Club.  In today’s selection, Canaday draws from the works and style of writers including John Updike, Piers Anthony and Jim Morrison to explore post-modernist themes on the way our minds work and how we perceive reality and meaning.  We began our discussion exploring a bit about the writing process itself and how the audience comes into play in the mind of the writer when first putting pen to paper.