A tribute to MY BEAUTIFUL MOTHER Sara Galker

by Dr Judith Friedlan

by Dr Judith Friedland

My mother’s family was like any other large, poor family, or so they thought, living in a small house in Poland just prior to WWII. The family shared household responsibilities, played together, and prayed together. Then
one horrible day, the Nazi Party launched their well thought out plan to spread seeds of hate. The Nazis succeeded in blaming the Jews for anything and everything that went wrong in the lives of the Polish people.

Suddenly their neighbors of years were no longer their friends. Neighbors threw rocks at their windows shattering the glass. Dirty Jew was painted on the walls of their home. Neighbors stopped talking to them and anti-Semitism was on the rise. They had to do something quickly but what, where and when?

Relatives in America were cognizant of their situation and worked endlessly to raise as much money as they possibly could to bring the whole family to America. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough money and time was not on their side. It was decided that my grandmother and six of the youngest children were to be smuggled out first while the rest were to follow soon after.

Sara GalkerDuring the night the family was led to the boat that would take them to America. They were told to go the very bottom of the boat where they could hide effectively from the Nazis. The bottom of the boat was packed with people of all ages along with pigs. The family escaped from Poland on a pig boat.

My mother was the youngest of the siblings. I learned about their story years later by eavesdropping on my mother and grandmother while they whispered to one another at night in our apartment in New York. Each person on the boat had limited space, food and water. Sufficient bathroom facilities were nonexistent. Inwardly frightened the family never thought they would  reach American shores.

Weeks or perhaps even months later, the boat finally reached America. All cried for joy as the boat docked.

My mother was eight years old when the boat docked in America. When the people were allowed to leave the boat, my mother ran ahead of everyone. She wanted to be the first to touch and kiss American soil and she thanked G-d for bringing them to America.

The family settled into an apartment in the tenements of New York. While the older children worked and eventually married, my mother still attended school. My mother was the only one of the siblings who graduated from high school and she was the only  one who didn’t have an accent.

My beautiful mother, who experienced much pain in her life, didn’t talk about the past for a while after my grandmother died, but when I was older she started to confide in me. I felt privileged to be her confidant and I wanted to know everything.

To have known my mother was to have loved her. She was highly intelligent, kind, caring, creative, loving and the list goes on and on. Whatever my mother did she did extremely well whether it was in her family life, or in her business life. We shared so many precious unforgettable moments together. We often went to the library, or the zoo, or to the movies, or to a show on Broadway, or just talked. I loved being with her.

Since I was a good student, my mother encouraged me to further my education on a university level. My mother knew how important that was to me. Prior to her passing, she did see me earn my doctorate.

My mother was my lifelong inspiration and the wonderful example upon which I patterned my life. G-d bless you mom. I love you!

Artis Naples: Baker Museum & Naples Philharmonic

Atis1As Music Director Andrey Boreyko enters his third season as the organization’s artistic leader, his focus continues to be the examination of the communion between visual and performing arts.This season will find programs across series and disciplines that explore the ideas of muses and scale.

“These two themes provide us with several interesting points of comparison throughout the Artis—Naples offerings,” Boreyko said. “The effects of muses on art dates back to antiquity. This season, we chose to explore three dynamic women who influenced countless great artistic minds of the 19th and 20th centuries. For scale, we are excited to show how visual and musical works can be filled with tremendous artistic intensity regardless of size.”

Artistic cross-pollination continues with visiting artists performing in multiple series. The orchestra continues to explore various eras of music with Baroque concerts, a Masterworks appearance by noted early-music expert Bernard Labadie and new works by contemporary composers Gabriel Prokofiev, Giya Kancheli and Nicholas Jacobson- Larson. Our Pops programming celebrates Broadway divas and dives into the unfairly maligned music of the 1980s.The 2016-17 season will also see an increase in the number of dance and Broadway performances from four to five.

And the Naples Philharmonic Chorus will celebrate its 25th anniversary this season. In addition to its part in our annual Holiday Pops concerts, the chorus will sing Handel’s Messiah with the Naples Philharmonic in a stand-alone concert in November and perform Vaughn Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region during Masterworks concerts in April 2017.

THE POWER OF MUSES: CLARA SCHUMANN, ALMA MAHLER AND MISIA SERT

The influence these three women had over the classical arts from the middle of the 19th century through the 1950s is incalculable.  Each held some of the greatest visual and performing artists of the period enthralled by their mesmerizing personal charm. Throughout the season, works inspired by, financed by or written for these women will be performed, often paired with compelling programming from other parts of the organization.

Schumann’s clout appears across several concerts. In addition to performing with the full orchestra in the Masterworks series, pianist Benedetto Lupo joins Naples Philharmonic musicians for a Wang Chamber Music series performance of Brahms’ Piano Quartet in C Minor, which is rumored to have been written as an expression of his affection. Schumann is again the subject of an entire Masterworks performance conducted by Boreyko with works by Mendelssohn, her husband Robert Schumann, and Brahms.

In March, the orchestra takes up the mantle of Alma Mahler with another -led Masterworks concert featuring Korngold’s Violin  Concerto—dedicated to her—and her husband Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.4. At the same time, she will be the subject of works  in the Wang series and an exhibition by The Baker Museum of works by her lover Oskar Kokoschka.

Sert, too, will be the focus of Boreyko’s programming with a Masterworks concert featuring works by her teacher, Fauré, and Stravinsky’s Petrushka, the ballet Sert famously saved with a last-minute purchase of costumes for the Ballet Russes’ opening  performance. Various Lifelong Learning series will explore her roles in the music, dance and art worlds, where she was notable for  hosting an influential salon and posing for artists such as Toulouse- Lautrec and Renoir.

CLIMB UP AND DOWN THE SCALE

artis2As Music Director, Boreyko is also delving into the idea of scale as part of the 2016-17 season. At The Baker Museum, a season long exhibition of work from the Olga Hirshhorn collection includes the return of her Mouse House collection of small works from prominent artists such as Picasso, Calder, Giacometti, Man Ray and more. The works were originally the decorations for a small carriage house she owned in Washington, D.C., and have been a favorite of local museum-goers since they went on display at The Baker Museum a decade ago.

Boreyko’s love of short orchestral pieces is being transformed into a Masterworks concert inspired by them. The performance includes newly commissioned works from composers Prokofiev, Kancheli and Jacobson-Larson. Prokofiev and Jacobson-Larson were selected in part because of their previous work with the orchestra, mirroring Hirshhorn’s long association with visual artists.
On the other end of the size spectrum, The Baker Museum along with the Naples Botanical Garden is hosting an exhibition  of monumental sculptures by artist Kevin Box. The works will be displayed on the Artis—Naples’ Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson Cultural Campus and at the garden. Box’s metal sculptures resemble giant origami creations. A work of his unfolded origami models will also be on display at the museum.

BIGGER BROADWAY

The season begins with six performances of 42nd Street, from December 26-29.This tale of a plucky, young Broadway hopeful  who catches her big break by accident has delighted audiences for decades since its Tony winning run started in 1980. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, January 17-22, has taken the theater world by storm during its short, four-year history, winning four Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Don’t miss this hilarious send-up of British aristocracy.

If you love the music of Carole King, then don’t wait until it’s too late to see Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, February 7-12.  Telling the popular singer-songwriter’s story through her own music, this soaring show is Some Kind of Wonderful.

The bumbling Bottom brothers can’t escape the shadow of their more famous playwright counterpart, William Shakespeare, in  Something Rotten!, March 14-19.But a soothsayer named Thomas Nostradamus thinks he might have found their big break in this uproariously funny musical.

The Broadway season finishes with one of the most beloved musicals of all time, Cabaret, April 12-16.A young British cabaret  singer and a struggling American writer fall in love as Nazi Germany begins to rise in 1930s Berlin in this touring version of the 2014 Broadway revival.

SUPERSTAR PERFORMERS, POWERHOUSE POPS AND EXPANDED DANCE

artis3The upcoming orchestra season is heavy with sensational visiting artists, from household names—violinist Joshua Bell and pianist  Hélène Grimaud—to notable younger artists making their debuts with the orchestra—rising conductor Eric Jacobsen and cellist Sol Gabetta. Several Naples Philharmonic favorites return, including pianists Kirill Gerstein, Vladimir Feltsman and Lilya Zilberstein.

Guest conductors include Labadie, Jacobsen and Roberto Abbado.

Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly has another exciting Pops season created to amp up the nostalgia with tributes to Broadway’s best divas, the music of celebrated film composer John Williams and the 1980s. Plus, Artis—Naples is one of the first  venues where Everly is performing a new program with the Doo Wop Project, an a capella group that tracks the lineage of tight  vocal harmonies from the Crests and Belmonts to today’s radio hits. Hayes Hall favorite Stuart Chafetz returns to remember the  ’80s with a spectacular concert.

With the addition of a third Miami City Ballet performance this year, the dance program now provides ballet lovers five nights of  impeccable programming. MOMIX blends dance and illusion into a performance The Huffington Post says creates the feeling “we have just interfaced with genius.” And American dance legend Twyla Tharp continues the celebration of her company’s 50th year with a special performance.

“We are continuing to deepen our artistic scope with the hope of delighting our current patrons and reaching new audiences in  the community,” van Bergen said. “The ever increasing support from Southwest Florida makes it possible for us to explore bold new offerings and expand popular programs and series.”

Have a heart for Mom + Dad

Karen Coney Coplinby Karen Coney Coplin

This is a multiple month issue of Life in Naples. It’s time to enjoy a slower pace as summer approaches. Keep in mind other ‘red letter days’ are around the corner too: Mother’s Day is May 8 and Father’s Day is June 19.

HERE’S A LOOK AT THE ABCs OF CELEBRATING FAMILY LIFE IN NAPLES:

A is for Art: the United Arts Council helps publicize local events with a “Best Bets” email – sign Mom and Dad up at CollierArts.
com.

B is for Breakfast in Bed: Usually a Mother’s Day staple, but Dad’s hungry, too. Brunch options abound – what’s your favorite
spot?

C is for Coffee (or caffeine). Does Mom or Dad have a favorite place for a cup o’ joe? Many local favorites hold their own against
the national powerhouses.

D is for Dog Park – Big dogs, little dogs and every dog in between can run, sniff and play at 99 Riverside Circle, opposite Central Ave. at Goodlette Road. Visit NaplesDogPark.com or call 239.213.7120. Pets are very much a part of family life – let them enjoy some ‘pack’ time!

E is for (Mother) Earth – The Conservancy of Southwest Florida suggests many innovative (and cost-free) ways to help protect our natural resources – visit in person or www.conservancy.org (I found “14 Simple Steps To Avoid Harming Wildlife” an invaluable guide – please share!)

F is for Friends – Maybe someone you know doesn’t have a mom or dad. Maybe you know someone who’s been like a mom or dad to you! Whatever the circumstances, a little cheer and kindness might be just what this person needs for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or any day.

G is for Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples – Treat your kids to an outing at this world-class facility on 15080 Livingston Road. Visit online at www.CMON.org, or call 239.514.0084.

H is for Happy – This one is directed at both Mom and Dad – what makes you tick? Is there a part of your daily routine you can’t
live without, or, maybe it is time for some changes? Take stock.

I is for Invent – Ah, they said necessity was the mother of invention. Let’s not forget the fathers of invention, too. The City of Palms (Fort Myers) is home to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. www.edisonforwintersestates.org.

J is for Jungle Larry’s – now known as the Naples Zoo. Local resident specials and many other educational and fun opportunities for family time await you: www.NaplesZoo.org.

K is for Kids – “Every day is children’s day,” my mom once opined, when I asked her why there wasn’t a “Kid’s Day.” It is a good reminder that Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are special for very dear reasons: give those reasons a hug, play a game, ride bikes, or, if they’re grown and away – why not break with tradition and call them first?

L is for Laughter, the best medicine – A study revealed that kids laugh more than 300 times a day, whereas adults laugh less than 20 times, on average. Comedy club anyone?

M is for Muscle (or, for aching muscles, massage) – Give stand up paddleboarding a whirl if you haven’t; or, maybe aerial yoga is for you? Maybe kite boarding?! Treat Mom or Dad to a massage afterward.

N is for NaplesOriginals.com (locally owned dining options in Naples) – The new “hot spots” are always popular; but, keep those time-tested restaurants in mind, too. Visit the website for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day specials, cooking classes, or discounted gift certificates.

O is for the great Outdoors –It’s getting warmer, but, still time to enjoy many activities outdoors: early morning walkers, runners,
cyclists, are in abundance (some with dogs or strollers – or both – in tow). Have you been to the Garden of Hope and Courage at NCH downtown? www.Gardenofhopeandcourage.org.

P is for Play – Many live stage performances can be found at the Norris Center (www.GulfshorePlayhouse.org), the Sugden
Community Theatre (www.NaplesPlayers.com) and the Community School of Naples (www.TheatreZone-Florida.com).

Q is for Queen (and King) for a day – Readers, let me hear your suggestions to show Mom and Dad the royal treatment. Here’s a
chance to be inventive and creative with your gift-giving ideas.

R is for Radiant – Is there any other way to describe the vivid beauty of the Brazilian Garden at the Naples Botanical Garden?
A visit to the charming Children’s Garden is in order too. www.NaplesGarden.org. Dogs welcome too, on some “dog days.”

S is for Splash – if not a day at any of our great beaches, then why not Sun-N-Fun Lagoon? This water park is a C’MON neighbor
at 15000 Livingston Road, with an enticing array of slides, water features, and lazy river. www.Napleswaterpark.com

T is for Thoroughbreds – The most exciting two minutes in sports happens May 7 at Churchill Downs in Kentucky. Get Mom a
hat; she and Dad can make a friendly wager (or a real one – www.NaplesFortMyersDogs.com has simulcast racing and betting
options) – or opt for the more genteel tradition of a mint julep. The premier Kentucky Derby party in Naples, the Naples Junior
Women’s Club’s ‘Derby Dash,’ is held at Ridgway Bar and Grill.

U is for Understanding – Moms and Dads need this in abundance, plus kindness, empathy, patience, humor, + hands-on involvement.

V is for von Liebig Art Center – something arty is always afoot, so visit NaplesArt.org to learn about local upcoming summer camps and more.

W is for Wishes (and Wine) – The Naples Winter Wine Festival has raised millions of dollars to benefit local children in need through grants. The ‘wish’ is that every child is loved, nurtured, comforted, challenged, and cared for as if they were your own!

X is for Kisses and Hugs – For Mom and Dad, of course – let’s not forget their moms and dads – grandparents have earned their
parenthood stripes and can be celebrated, anytime, in my book! Let’s share a hug with these special folks.

Y is for Young at Heart – the heart of it all is the irreverence and innocence of children – embracing this spirit for a day (or more)
can do wonders.

Z – or zzzz – time for bed – but beforehand, take in a sunset. The Naples Pier is an iconic spot to gather (be sure to linger after the sun drops below the horizon) to enjoy the stunning collaboration of soft waves, color, and beach breezes.

Karen can be reached via email at: NaplesKCC@gmail.com with responses posed by her questions, or, to suggest a charitable organization to be profiled here in a future issue.

Talk straight

by Erick Carter

by Erick Carter

Summer can cause a frizzy mess, so let’s talk straight. When we blow dry and iron hair, a physical change is made by reshaping the hydrogen bonds. It’s these same bonds that can cause frizz in the humid summer.
The right products can help but it will take some experimenting on your part.

When hair is frizzing it happens due to the hair absorbing the moisture in the humid air. You need to give your hair the moisture it desires prior to leaving your house. However not all moisturizing hair products work for everyone your hair texture will be a major factor. Another product to consider is argan  oil, which takes less experimenting. I recommend Rusk Deep Shine Oil it’s a high quality product for the price, it can be applied on wet or dry hair and repeated throughout the day.

hairIf you are flat ironing, I recommended using a heat protective spray. Not only will it protect your hair, it also makes your task with the iron easier and helps hold the style longer. Always start ironing the most fragile section of your hair at a low setting.

Turn the heat up when working with more resistant hair. Use the protective spray when ironing, doing this section by section will help give you salon results.

For questions or comments
contact me at Erickcre8u@gmail.com or call
Salon Zenergy, 239.777.2380

Kitchen Investment

by Clay Cox

    by Clay Cox

 

I am often asked if remodeling a kitchen will help sell a home. The answer is simple.

Absolutely!

We at Kitchens by Clay are aware that over the last decade or so the average buyer has become much more educated regarding kitchens. This information comes from a myriad of places. The internet certainly plays a large roll, neighbors and friends who have remodeled before a sale and the many television programs that focus on remodeling are some of the areas to name but a
few. Where the education comes from doesn’t matter. The end result is that the buyers are looking for a well maintained, top condition property and the kitchen should not be the exception.

Some of the reasons for remodeling your kitchen are as follows:

  • Buyers know the importance of a new kitchen but they may not want to do it themselves.
  • A new kitchen will give your home the competitive edge.
  • You can address any problem areas such as dark corners and dead spaces making it more comfortable and functional.
  • A new kitchen will help support a top dollar price.

kitchenTo ensure your kitchen appeals to many potential buyers keep your kitchen design simple and with clean lines. The transitional look that is so popular now is perfect for buyer acceptance and satisfaction. Use neutral color selections with soft finishes.

White or light cabinetry and countertops are the order of the day in Southwest Florida. Added buyer incentive can be achieved by that “special touch” with some select features such as a beautiful tile backsplash and new stainless steel appliances.

Also, when determining the budget it is best to consider your new kitchen as an investment that will be returned to you when your home sells. The added value will have great results.

Please E-mail Clay with your questions or comments at
clay@kitchensbyclay.com.
Enjoy your remodel,
Clay Cox

SNOWBIRD CERTIFIED

Lois Bolinby Lois Bolin
Old Naples Historian

Value, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. If the beholder’s eye is that of a tourist related business or that of a local resident, the value of the Snowbirds can be disproportional and fluctuates throughout the year.

The term Snowbird has been in use since the late 1600s, but it has only been applied to humans since the early 1900s when northern laborers would flock south just as the cold, harsh winter set in up north. Today, all kinds of Snowbirds, from vacationers to retirees, set their sights southward when the first frost appears.

Naples was established to attract Snowbirds to this “never-never land of impossible charm,” where birds of a feather flocked together to enjoy the other types of birds that were plentiful along Naples shoreline and her swamps.

BIRD SANCTUARY

Pioneers’ affinity for wildlife was so great that when the Town of Naples Charter was established, section 26.4.b made the city of Naples a sanctuary for birds thus declaring the city to be a bird sanctuary.

Nowhere did I see the term Snowbird. Yet, like clockwork, Neapolitans are imprinted with the signs of their initial arrival in October when the habitual nest fluffing begins followed by the full onslaught in mid-January, which signals that it’s open season for galas and charity events.

While some see Snowbirds as travel time impediments or trespassers on their claim to their favorite restaurant, we know, in our heart of hearts, that Snowbirds are a lifeline to our area’s economic stability.

OFF SHOULDER SEASON

Tropicool, one of Naples first events to celebrate the end of tourist season in the 1980s, has been replaced with CityFest, a tribute to the closing (May) and opening (October) of season with the focus on activities for both locals and visitors alike.

EVENTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO MAY – JULY ARE:

  • May 1 Taste of Collier (36th)
  • April 24-May 8 Arts World Festival
  • May 14 Great Dock Canoe Race (40th)
  • May 25 SWFL Veterans Alliance Lunch*
  • June Third Street’s Farmers Market (Every Saturday)
  • July 4 City Parade

SNOWBIRD CERTIFIED

One business in Naples has taken their value for Snowbirds to a whole new altitude by designing a prototype educational program for their agents and collaborating agencies around the country. McQuaid Company & Real Estate Services, the same company that brings you Taste of Collier and Rockin’ the Point concerts, reaches out to let Snowbirds know that they don’t just talk the talk – they walk – or fly it as well.

As a McQuaid agent and resident Old Naples historian, I can attest that values, community, fun and service is the fabric of Tiffany McQuaid’s company, which is stitched together with the golden threads of creativity – lots of creativity. One needs only to peer through the windows of McQuaid’s offices at Bayfront and Coconut Point or check the comparative standings of this unique boutique real estate company to see how true my words are.

We love telling Snowbirds that through word of mouth, since 1890, when Walter Halderman first began promoting his dream community through the Louisville Courier, Naples has attracted Captains of Industry and Captains of Boats and those who wanted to see what this little bend in the road was all about. It’s with great pride when we share that thanks to them, Naples has been named the #1 Best Destination for Luxury Travelers (USA TODAY’s 10 Best travel section); the #1 Small Art Town in the country (John Villani, The 100 Best Art Towns in America, 2005); America’s Best All-Around Beaches; Top American Cities for Food and 30 Best Small Cities in America by readers of Conde Nast Traveler; and the lists go on and on.

Yes, we love our Snowbirds – especially when we understand how much value they bring to our community in supporting our local charities and tax base through tourists tax. Yes, we love when Snowbirds take their northern flight but we also love when their hearts are filled with a yearning for warmth and return to this land of impossible charm hoping that maybe this will be the year they will clip their wings to make this place their forever home.

*Jerry Yellin, Pilot who flew the last mission of WWII. Call 239.777.2281 for details.

Focus

Allen Weissby Allen Weiss, MD, MBA, FACP, FACR
President and CEO, NCH Healthcare System

Paying attention matters. Willpower matters. Feedback matters. All three can save your life or at least improve your life, according to psychologist Daniel Goleman in his most recent book, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence.

People who excel and are nimble in focusing their attention thrive. Those who are “out to lunch” or inattentive to their own feelings or surroundings typically do not do as well as those who are in touch with their environment.

Smart practices such as mindfulness meditation, focused preparation, recovery from setbacks, continued attention to the learning curve, and positive emotions and connections add new skills, develop good habits and are able to sustain excellence.

All of these good habits are like muscles which strengthen when used. When not used, these habits wither away. Using the term “clueless” is shorthand slang for someone who is not in touch with either themselves or the world around them.

focusPaying attention to ourselves (inner focus) attunes us to how we think, our personality, our values, and how we make decisions.
Many people believe early childhood from birth to preschool is the time of greatest development for this inner awareness. A classic experiment involving marshmallows was performed in the 1970s at Stanford University by psychologist Walter Mischel. It makes the point about the importance of the early years.

Preschool 4-year-olds were invited into a room one by one by a friendly preschool teacher. The room had no distractions. The child was asked to sit down at a small table with a tray containing one marshmallow. The teacher then said, “You can have your treat now, if you want. But if you don’t eat it until I come back from running an errand, you can have two then.”

The children were observed though a one-way mirror. About a third grabbed the marshmallow on the spot, while another third or so waited the endless 15 minutes until they were rewarded with two.

The others fell somewhere in-between. Mischel observed that some would “cover their eyes with their hands or turn around so  that they can’t see the tray, others start kicking the desk, or tug on their pigtails, or stroke the marshmallow as if it were a tiny  stuffed animal,” while others would simply eat the marshmallow as soon as the teacher left.

Willpower is a form of focusing. The ability to wait 15 minutes turned out to be an excellent predictor of success in later life. Ten  years later, the two marshmallow kids were reported to be more competent and did have higher SAT scores. A 2011 brain imaging  study of a sample from the original Stanford participants when they reached mid-life showed key differences between those with
high delay times and those with low delay times in two areas: the prefrontal cortex (more active in high delayers) and the ventral  striatum (an area linked to addictions) when they were trying to control their responses to alluring temptations, according to a  Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences paper 40 years later.

An outer focus lets us navigate in the environment around us. This is not just the physical setting; it also means connecting empathetically with those around us. Helen Keller was asked which was worse—loss of vision or hearing. She said hearing loss  was worse as this handicap separates you from people, whereas blindness separates only from things.

Self-confidence also matters in terms of success. Here is just one of many inspirational stories of folks who stuck it out and eventually succeeded. It’s the true story of a near high school dropout who also was involved in a near fatal car accident just before high school graduation. This science fiction buff went to a local community college as he was recovering from the auto trauma and developed an interest in film making. His college film project caught the eye of a Hollywood director who hired him as an assistant.

Moving up in his career, this creative and self-assured young man learned the bitter lesson that his creative talents would be  subjugated to the financial interests of the studio bosses who had ultimate creative control. But he believed in himself. He put all  his money into his own creative film to avoid interference from the studios, and realized his dream.

Star Wars was released by George Lucas with incredible success. He had the self-confidence and didn’t get intimidated or  distracted by others.

Paying attention to feedback is also critical to success. Psychologist Daniel Kahneman, in his best-selling book Thinking Fast and Slow, relates two examples of not believing the evidence when the culture of your industry is under attack.

Kahneman was given a treasure trove of eight years of financial performance information from an investment firm which advises very wealthy people. The advisors were rewarded with big bonuses at the end of the year based on performance.

Shockingly, the analysis of the data showed none of the advisors was consistently any better than chance in managing the money  of wealthy clients. Obviously an upsetting conclusion if accepted by either the advisors or their clients. Nonetheless, nothing changed and life continued. It is just so hard to accept analysis which is not congruent with what you have believed in and have been accustomed to doing. It is embarrassing to admit that you give or receive “voodoo” financial advice.

The subprime derivative meltdown—which was largely responsible for the most recent recession—comes to mind as another example of group think and lack of feedback. Group think and avarice are the causes for otherwise smart people buying collections of mortgages which ranged from the best of the worst to the worst of the worst. When asked by one of the originators of the scheme as to who would buy these instruments, his reply was: “Idiots.”

Paying attention, willpower, and feedback are all three attributes necessary for success of any individual or organization.

The good news is they can be developed with practice and discipline. It is never too late to improve our focus.

NAPLES ACCELERATOR JUMP ONBOARD

naples acceleratorby Claire O. Murphy

Finnair would like to be the first to welcome you to Miami International Airport.

All too familiar words to one of the busiest entrepreneurs in the Naples Accelerator as he makes frequent trips to his home-country of Finland.

Oskari Kariste, Chairman of Ilme, M Room and Local Greens and father of three pre-teen daughters, spends his summers in Finland, “so the girls have close ties back to Finland” but moved to Naples permanently in 2014 after being a vacationer here for three years prior.

“It’s all about happy accidents,” Oskari said when describing his start with the Accelerator.

Oskari was looking to do business here in Naples and was introduced to the Accelerator through local businessmen before it even came into existence. Then, once the Naples Accelerator was ready to add companies, he jumped onboard.

boardroomOskari recognizes the benefits of being in the Naples Accelerator because of the easy access to local business networks and “introductions to potential partners and investors that can support your business, which is especially important for international companies,” Oskari explained. The Accelerator gives companies the stamp of credibility that investors and customers can feel good about.

There is also, of course, a draw to Naples in particular, beyond the beauty southwest Florida has to offer, “it’s the overall business
climate, not just the weather climate but the business climate is very supportive, very friendly, very encouraging,” Oskari explained about his decision to move his family and business headquarters to Naples.

Supportive, friendly and encouraging are important adjectives in Accelerator Executive Director, Dr. Marshall Goodman’s book for international companies. “In many cases they’re not start-ups, they’re transplants, they’ve been successful in their country, with proven products and experience,” Marshall explained, “bringing a company to this environment can be a shock…we can help ease them into our culture and our preferred method for doing business.”

The international culture continues to grow at the Naples Accelerator with current international companies: Airfi from London, HyperTeam from Hungary, RUMM from the United Kingdom, and Active Asset Allocation from France, and with the approval of $2 million from the State of Florida and the implementation of the Adrenaline Venture Fund, the accelerator is poised to grow even more.

conferenceDr. Goodman loves the cultural perspectives these international companies bring, “innovation rarely occurs in monolithic cultures.

There is a hyper-diversity here,” Marshall exclaimed.

With the increased funding and growing interest from local and international companies, Marshall has clear plans for better technology, more equipment and infrastructure in the Naples space and feels the Immokalee Accelerator is on the horizon.

“We hope to bring high-tech to the food processing world and we are very excited about the collaboration with FGCU and UF,”  Marshall described, “and we look forward to student engagement and involvement throughout the process in Naples and Immokalee.”

Oskari reflects Marshall’s vision with his company, Local Greens, “we know agriculture is one of the main business fields in the state of Florida,” he explained, “which gives us opportunity to introduce the latest applications in high-tech agriculture through our unique, enclosed, entirely organic, greenhouse production.”

Oskari felt being in Florida has a distinct advantage with the University of Florida’s existing ecosystem, massive demographic and distribution potential, and highly successful tourism. Moving his companies to the Naples Accelerator is a decision Oskari feels good about and is confident his latest company, Ilme – a high-end advertising and marketing company – will do just as well.

There is great opportunity at the Naples Accelerator,” he said.

For more information, visit naplesaccelerator.com

Smart phone battery draining fast? These tips will help it last!

Anyone can make a few simple changes to their phone’s settings, or to their own behavior, that can have a significant effect on how much power a device uses.

USE THE SCREEN LESS— OR AT LEAST TURN BRIGHTNESS DOWN

The screen is what uses the most battery on any portable device, so the longer the screen is on, the faster the battery will drain.

A quick and easy change is to shorten the delay until your phone automatically turns its screen off. On an iPhone, go to “Settings” then “General” then “Auto-Lock;” on an Android phone, go to “Settings” then “Display” then “Sleep.” Alternatively, you can manually put the phone to sleep whenever you’re done using it.

Most phones offer an auto-brightness mode that automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness based on ambient light: In bright environments, the screen gets brighter, in dim environments, it gets dimmer. In other words, enabling auto-brightness will save most people a good amount of battery life compared with setting it to a bright level all the time, though not as much as if you kept
the brightness down all the time; the advantage of auto-brightness is that the screen will remain easily readable in all environments.

USE AN AD BLOCKER

Much of the debate around using this kind of software, which is designed mainly to prevent certain kinds of ads from loading while you’re browsing websites, focuses on revenue (for publishers) and annoyance (for readers). But ads, just like any other form of online content, use resources: Your phone must download the ad images and video and then display them (often running browser scripts too), and these tasks use energy.

SWITCH FROM PUSH TO FETCH EMAIL IF YOU HAVE MANY ACCOUNTS OR GET LOTS OF EMAIL

A feature called push automatically delivers new email, new or revised calendar events, and updates to your contacts list (such as
from a Gmail or iCloud account) to your smartphone whenever such changes occur on a central server. Although push is convenient, the feature can use a sizable amount of power, as it requires your phone to always be listening for new communications from your account provider. Most phones let you configure them to use “fetch” instead, where the phone polls a server on a schedule—say, every 30 minutes—or only when you manually tell the phone to do so.

If you have a single email account and you don’t receive much email, you won’t see a real difference in battery usage between push and fetch. But the more accounts you have on your phone, and the more messages and events each of those accounts receives,
the more energy your phone will use, as it has to communicate with those account servers continually.

STORE MUSIC LOCALLY

Streaming services— such as Pandora, Spotify and Apple Music— require your phone to maintain an active wireless connection—Wi-Fi or cellular—to the service you’re using to stream music. This active connection consumes a significant amount of power in comparison with playing that same music if it were stored locally on your phone.

CONSULT YOUR PHONE’S BATTERY-USAGE SCREEN TO FIND THE BIGGEST OFFENDERS

Both phone platforms provide a simple way for you to see which apps are using a lot of battery power. For example, on an iPhone running iOS 9, go to “Settings” then “Battery,” and scroll down to “Battery Usage” to see a list of the apps using the most battery power, sorted by the amount consumed. By default, the list shows battery use over the past 24 hours, but you can tap “Last 7 Days” to see data from the past week, which is often more useful; be sure to tap the little clock button to reveal information about
how much of your battery life each app is consuming when you’re actively using the app (“screen”) versus when you’re not (“backg…” or “background”).

On Android, you can see a similar list by going to “Settings” then “Battery;” here, too, you’ll see a sorted list of the items that are using your battery power. “Screen” is just that, your backlit display, while “Google Play Services” is a catch-all label for many apps background actions. Tap on an app, and you’ll see detailed statistics. You’ll find the most useful information in the “CPU total” and “CPU foreground” timers. The “foreground” figure refers to how much time you had the app open; subtract “foreground”  from “total,” and you’ll know how much time the app has been busy in the background.

Using this list, you can quickly see which apps are the biggest battery-use offenders. You’ll likely find that the apps with the highest battery usage also have the longest on-screen time—in other words, they’re using a lot of battery because the screen is on most of the time you’re actively using them. You won’t be able to do much about those apps other than to use them less.

BATTERY SAVING MYTHS MYTH: TURN OFF WI-FI

A similarly common suggestion for extending battery life is to disable Wi-Fi. However, if you’re in range of a strong Wi-Fi signal,
your phone uses less energy to connect to the Internet with a Wi-Fi connection than a cellular one. In addition, if you regularly use apps that rely on your location, having Wi-Fi enabled helps your phone determine its location without relying solely on power-hungry GPS features, so it actually helps your phone’s battery last longer.

Unless you’re at the edges of a Wi-Fi network, where your phone is struggling to get a solid connection, and you have a good cellular data connection—in other words, your phone is keeping both Wi-Fi and cellular active, and switching between the two—you’re usually better off keeping Wi-Fi enabled.

MYTH: CLOSE OR QUIT INACTIVE APPS

There’s a good chance you’ve seen this “tip” for extending battery life: Close (or force-quit, as it’s commonly called) apps that you aren’t currently using. (On Android, you press the task-switching button and swipe an app to the side to quit it; on an iPhone, you double-press the home button and then swipe an app’s screen upward.) The theory here is that apps running in the background are using your phone’s processor, memory, and other components, so quitting them will use less energy.

Although that may sometimes be true on a computer, smartphones are designed differently: Once an app is no longer in the foreground— meaning you aren’t actively using it—most or all of its processes are frozen. While an app may still be loaded in RAM (temporary memory), the app is unlikely to be doing stuff in the background to drain your battery. Your phone’s operating system also automatically closes apps in the background when it needs RAM for other tasks.

Finally, quitting apps can actually have drawbacks: When you force quit an app, that may purge all of its code from your phone’s RAM, which means that the next time you open the app, the phone has to reload all of that code—which, of course, requires energy.

IF YOU STILL NEED MORE JUICE: BATTERY PACKS

These accessories, which can take the form of a bulky case with a built-in battery, or a separate battery that connects to your phone with a cable, provide the power you need to last an additional few hours at the end of the day, or even to fully charge your phone’s battery.

Jeff Bohr
Naples Mac Help
239.595.0482 | jeff@jeffbohr.com

LACROSSE takes off in Naples!

Mark Klym

Mark Klym

by Mark Klym

The sport of lacrosse is the oldest sport in North America, originally played by Native Americans who referred to  it as “the Creators Game.”

In the past 10 years lacrosse has seen tremendous growth among girls and boys in Naples. This is not surprising  given the fact that youth lacrosse has been one of the fastest growing sports in the United States since 2001.

lacrosse2According to the US Lacrosse 2014 Participation Survey there were 253,931 people playing lacrosse in 2001 which has grown to 772,772 in 2014. In the same survey Florida ranked as one of the top ten states for increased participation in lacrosse – so it’s not surprising that Naples is seeing growth in youth lacrosse participation as well.

In Collier County seven out of eight public high schools have varsity boys and girls lacrosse teams. The only exception in Collier County is Lorenzo Walker Technical Institute.

Victor Konopik who is the President of the Collier County Lacrosse Association, Inc. (“CCLA”) believes that “the players who field the boys’ varsity lacrosse programs are becoming more skilled and more experienced each season due mostly in part to the experience they are getting by playing in CCLA leagues and clinics.”

CCLA is a non-profit boys youth lacrosse organization that has been in existence since 2004. CCLA provides spring, summer and fall boys youth lacrosse clinics and league play. The recent spring CCLA season which just finished their championship weekend, had over 125 boys ages 6-15 playing lacrosse against teams from Fort Myers, Port Charlotte, Estero and Lehigh Acres.

CCLA also offers introductory programs for new players in the summer and fall as well as clinics for beginners to advanced players.

Lacrosse is a relatively new and growing sport in the State of Florida. Collier County is fortunate to have many coaches and supporters of youth lacrosse who call its sunny shores home. These include Ed Calkins who won an NCAA Division I National Championship with Princeton University.

lacrosse4Calkins served as the Chairman for the US Lacrosse Foundation from 2010-2015. During his tenure as Chairman he was instrumental in helping the Foundation make significant strides towards reaching its goal of raising $15 Million for a new national
lacrosse center in Sparks, Maryland. Calkins is also a past president of CCLA and a lacrosse coach for the league.

When asked about why lacrosse is growing so rapidly in popularity in Naples, Calkins comments that “the sport’s growth is a combination of what the sport offers – a fast-paced, high scoring, game – along with its overall increased popularity and visibility across the country. ”

Recently Collier County’s Gulf Coast High School scored big with the addition of Brett Queener as their varsity boy’s head lacrosse coach.

Coach Queener is a former NCAA men’s lacrosse standout at the University at Albany – SUNY and a current goalie for the Florida Launch of Major League Lacrosse. Coach Queener has hit the ground running by organizing clinics for local youth players through his 23 Lacrosse club and quickly becoming a local ambassador for the sport. Coach Queener is joined in his efforts to grow the game locally by other area coaches like Trent Carter who has coached the Barron Collier High School boy’s lacrosse team for several years and also runs a local youth lacrosse travel program called Madlax.

lacrosseOne thing is for certain, there can never be too many qualified lacrosse coaches at the youth level. This means that if you are reading this article and you have experience at the youth, high school or college level either coaching or playing lacrosse, the Collier County Lacrosse Association would welcome your assistance coaching at the youth level. If you would like more information on how you can help with youth lacrosse in Collier County please contact Mark Klym at mrklym@gmail.com.

Boys who are interested in playing lacrosse in Collier County should go to www.collierlax.com or email Mark Klym  at mrklym@gmail.com to find out about their spring, summer and fall programs for beginning to advanced players.

Girls who are interested in playing lacrosse in Collier County should go to www.napleslacrosseclub.com for more information  on their programs for beginning to advanced players.