While staring at The Sleepy Sandpiper, keep your eyes peeled in the local parks and beaches for artfully painted rocks.  This rock painting/hiding/finding hobby spreads smiles and creativity.

Read more at #VeniceRocks.



Learn and Love Where You Are

Learning Phonics
Practicing phonics and letter formation on the beach.

Worldschooling is on the rise.  Families packing up and traveling, kids learning as they go.  Not all of us desire to uproot our lives completely, and yet we can adapt worldschool ideas to our own families, right where we are.

When you visit the Sleepy Sandpiper, there is so much to explore.  Natural history and science can be experienced through the rhythms of the tides, collecting sharks’ teeth, scouting out turtle nests, visiting Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, exploring the Legacy Trail, and observing the birds in the backyard.

Local history can be experienced during the summer camps at Historic Spanish Point and celebrating the Venice 90th Anniversary.

Look at your hometown, right where you are, through the eyes of a worldschool family.  What can you do to embrace learning and exploring right where you are?


Venice 90th Anniversary Celebration

Just south of the Sleepy Sandpiper at Nokomis beach is the quaint city of Venice, Florida. Incorporated on May 9th, 1927, the city is planning a year-long celebration of its 90th anniversary.

What is so interesting about this Gulf Coast Florida city?  Visit the newly opening Venice Museum & Archives to discover how the Kentucky Military Institute, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the Venice Army Air Field and even Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus play into its history!

Read more in the Herald Tribune.




Venice Theatre

If you love the stage, check out Venice Theatre!

This winter 2016-2017 season brings several plays, musicals, concerts, and comedies!  I’m especially looking forward to Billy Elliot and The Christmas Carol.

If you’ll be in the area for awhile, audition for your favorite show!  I really love the support for the arts in our area.

A Visiting Neighbor

We have so many birds in our neighborhood — not just sandpipers! I believe this is a Great Egret who just walked up the front porch of the beach house.

Visiting Bird July 2016.jpg

My mother posted this picture on facebook the other day, “Our grandson was on our front porch reading his bible and singing hymns and this guy came to visit. Not sure if he’s Presbyterian or just looking for food!”

While I find it fun to identify the birds I see just driving and walking around Nokomis, if you are interested in serious birding, check out the Venice Area Audubon Society and Rookery.

Sea and Stress

A girlfriend sent me this article, which quantifies what we already know: Being near water reduces stress.

Sunset May 3 2016
Sunset, Nokomis Beach, 2016

While it seems to be a “Well, yeah! Common sense!” conclusion, I find it interesting how researchers design studies to quantify things like this.  I also found it surprising that stress reduction was more strongly correlated to living near water in a way that just being near nature wasn’t.

While I’m at the Sleepy Sandpiper, part of my routine is going to the beach for sunset most nights.  Our dinner plans are made to accommodate the time the sun goes down.

Then, barefoot, at the beach, releasing that day’s stress.