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When employees are anxious, there are ways to show them you care


AS THE PANDEMIC CHURNS ON, YOUR employees may be getting somewhat settled into their strange new routines. But don’t be fooled: Even as they get acclimated with Zoom meetings or working in masks, their anxiety hasn’t gone away. If anything, it’s just gone underground. That’s why Deb Boelkes says it’s up to you as the leader to remind them just […]

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FOSSILS…FLORIDA’S PAST UNEARTHED-ONE FIND AT A TIME



TANDING IN A DESOTO COUNTY CREEK near the Peace River in mid-April, when the water is near its lowest annual point, Ken Follmann sifted through the gravel in his screen. A large shark’s tooth emerged from the grit. This nearly 3-inch fang from the creek bed conjured Florida’s ancient past, a lost world that seems almost mythical now with 20-foot […]

Police look to treatment, not jail, for mentally ill



Law enforcement officers had to deal with him first, before he ever got to a prison where the Florida Department of Corrections allegedly failed to provide adequate mental health treatment. What finally happened was reported this way by the news site Politico, in 2018: “A schizophrenic inmate in Florida with a history of self-injurious behavior was unmonitored when he bit […]

Breezy Buddha delivers flavor, comfort

CULINARY CORNER


There is always a buzz when a new restaurant opens in Key West. But when a new restaurant opens quietly, on the precipice of an impending global crisis, that buzz, unfortunately, tends to fall on distracted ears. Breezy Buddha Fusion Kitchen opened its doors at the end of February, which would normally be the perfect time for a new business […]

Step up and do the write thing



Welcome to the second week in Round 1 of the 2020 Florida Weekly Writing Challenge, which invites you to craft short stories based on photo prompts selected by our editors. You have until 5 p.m. Sunday, May 10, to send us your original fiction inspired by the photos shown here. Next week, we’ll introduce two new photo prompts for Round […]

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EARTH ACTION

COALITIONS WORK TO MITIGATE THE EFFECTS OF CHANGING CLIMATE


A FEW SHORT MONTHS AGO, stories about changes in the Earth’s climate were grabbing the big headlines. Students in several countries were mounting Friday school strikes in order to protest. Time magazine named Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who led the movement, as its Person of the Year. Today, those headlines have been displaced by news about the COVID-19 crisis. […]

One woman’s journey to spread love, one country at a time

FLORIDA WRITERS


“The Only Book I’ll Ever Write,” by Jenny Robinson. 238 pages. Paperback, $19.95. The armchair travel industry has never been as necessary as it is in these days of self-quarantine and social distance. Trips have been postponed, vacations truncated or canceled entirely, and wanderlust is starting to set in, in a big way. And because we can’t hop on a […]

A transformation mindset positions companies to succeed after the crisis


Many businesses are reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, and while some may return to business as usual once the crisis is over, others may need to alter the way they think and operate in order to survive. Many global leaders think the pandemic will transform the world in significant ways, and companies with leaders who already have a transformation mindset […]


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