Amy Bennett Williams' Essays

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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 essays 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.


Dec 8, 2017
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Living among the vast menagerie of animals that live on News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams’ rural Alva homestead can be a labor of love, but the work, care and patience involved can also pay off in dividends.  That turned out to be especially true from Williams, when years ago she took in a mare she named Rocinante.  The horse’s previous owner had opted for euthanization over the cost of surgeries and medical care she required and that’s where Williams entered the picture.

Thanksgiving (ENCORE)

Nov 17, 2017
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Thanksgiving is officially now less than a week away, which means preparations for the holiday should be well underway.  If you’re stressed because you haven’t found the time to begin preparing your home for visitors, to brine a turkey or to select all the items for your table spread, you’re in good company.

As generations of people and even civilizations come and go, it’s a mere geologic second for the visible stars in our skyscape.  What we see today hasn’t changed much from the time of the ancient Greeks and we still use the names they gave to identify constellations and map the night sky. In this week’s encore essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams, she considers our human fascination with celestial bodies and perhaps how other cultures throughout the ages have interpreted the stars.  


Oct 20, 2017
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The expanse of woods surrounding News-Press story-teller Amy Bennett Williams’ home makes the perfect spot for adventuring or just a secluded walk through nature.  Unfortunately, those woods are also known as a popular spot for derelict pet owners to abandon animals, which is how many members of her family’s motley mammal menagerie came to take up residence there over the years.  This week’s essay pays homage to one of those animals; a particularly charismatic kitty who was in her family’s life all to briefly.

Digital Ethnography

Oct 6, 2017
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Longtime listeners and readers of News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams are likely well aware of her penchant for old stories, history and historical artifacts and records.  That interest recently had her musing about the sort of historical documents we’re leaving behind and the story’s those documents will tell future generations about us.  Given that so much of what we record today only exists in digital form, what historical records will even survive?