Venice Train Station by Liesl Walsh

Memorable Moments with Liesl Walsh

Liesl Walsh is a fine art photographer who enjoys capturing memorable moments from her hometown Venice and other places around the world. The former art teacher from Pennsylvania has won awards for her photos of historical sites, tropical scenes, Florida architecture, pink flamingoes, and other subjects. You can see some of her exquisite photos at…

Rod and Sylvia O'Reilly

Meet Dr. Rod O’Reilly with O’Reilly Chiropractic

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Dr. Rod O’Reilly, the owner of O’Reilly Chiropractic located in the Historic San Marco-KMI Building on Venice Island. Please call 941-445-3265 to make an appointment. The normal business hours are 8am to 5:30pm Tuesday through Friday. Learn more at Photo shows Dr. Rod with his wife Sylvia. Rod, when…

Provision Laser Eye Center

My Experience with Cataract Surgery

By Daniel Flinn – “You have cataracts,” my ophthalmologist announced. “Great,” I replied. “When can I get those new lenses implanted?” I’d done my homework and realized the new lenses would correct nearly all the astigmatism interfering with my vision. A few weeks later, I had nearly 20/20 vision without my glasses. I still wear…

Linda Best

Venice & North Port Spirit Award Winners Announced

By Randy Moore, Publisher & Editor – I’m very pleased to announce that Linda Best, the owner of Venice Island Gallery (photo), and Traci Dalrymple, the owner of Kokokahn Pure Essential Oils, are the first two recipients of our Venice and North Port Spirit Awards.      Linda is being recognized for her dedication in promoting…

Dr. Scott Thompson Family

Dentist Profile: Dr. Scott Thompson

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Dr. Scott Thompson, one of the owners of Tarpon Shores Dental with offices in Venice, Sarasota and Englewood. He also manages the Venice office at 1314 East Venice Ave. Please call 941-488-7910 for an appointment. Learn more at What’s the history of Tarpon Shores Dental? The creation of Tarpon…

Power of self compassion

Amy Scholten on Self-Compassion

By Amy Scholten, M.P.H. – How do you treat yourself when you feel inadequate, make a mistake, or are having a difficult time? Many of us have been conditioned to criticize ourselves, but research shows that self-compassion promotes happiness and resilience while reducing anxiety, depression and stress.      Self-compassion involves acknowledging our suffering, faults, and…

Dr. Kondrup Family

Gynecologist James Kondrup, MD Joins GCMG

Editor’s Note: Dr. James Kondrup is a board-certified gynecologist and teacher with 30 plus years of experience. He’s accepting new patients at the GCMG Women’s Health & Wellness Center located at 8431 Pointe Loop Drive in south Venice. Please call 941-207-5330. Dr. Kondrup, where did you work previously and what brought you to this part…

Suzanne Sinclair

Meet Suzanne Sinclair with the YMCA

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Suzanne Sinclair, the Wellness Director for the Sky Family Venice YMCA located at 701 Center Road. She’s originally from South Africa. Please call 941-492-9622. Learn more at What are some of the programs and events you currently manage?I manage the group fitness department (130 classes per week), the personal…

Erica Nabers Family

Health and Balance with Erica Nabers, AP

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Erica Nabers, an Acupuncture Physician and owner of North Port Acupuncture located at 14888 Tamiami Trail in North Port. Please call 941-423-1500 for a free consultation. Visit How did you get involved with acupuncture and natural health? I was in the nursing field previously using natural health approaches when…

Art by Jodi Rose

Artist Profile: Jodi Rose of Venice

     Jodi Rose of Venice loves painting with watercolors. It’s a passion that has helped the 63-year-old cope with the difficulties of living with Hashimoto disease. This autoimmune disorder causes the immune system to create antibodies that attack the thyroid gland. The gland produces hormones that support vital body functions, but it becomes severely disrupted…


Elizabeth Massey Encourages Resilience

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Elizabeth Massey, the CEO and Founder of HealWell & Thrive. She’s also a regular vendor at the Englewood and Venice Farmers Markets with her partner Chef Craig Chasky. Visit Elizabeth, what’s your mission how do you help your clients? To reinforce one’s resilience to successfully adapt and navigate losses…