Non-Fiction

A Quiet Moment For A Sunrise Tellin

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By Victoria Foyt
Seashells represent many things to different people. Throughout history in different cultures, shells have been used as money or ceremonial objects or ornamentation. If you shore off the tip of a Queen conch, you can even use it as a trumpet. Some island cultures have used the makeshift musical instrument to spread news or send urgent warnings.

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Sailors' Valentines

My Love Affair With Sailors’ Valentines

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I don’t recall the first time I saw a Sailors’ Valentines, but I do remember the feeling. It was like falling in love. First, let me explain that I love handicrafts. In high school, when time was easy, I often sewed pretty clothes and created hand-built ceramic pots. I come from a long line of women who knitted or tatted or embroidered or sewed beautiful things, many of which I still own.

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Sailors' Valentines

The History of Sailors’ Valentines

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Sailors’ Valentines are magical. Their story of origin evokes images of lonely—sometimes lovestruck—sailors passing the hours during long sea voyages by creating these gifts for their loved ones. These painstakingly handcrafted pieces made the perfect gift for sailors’ loved ones when they returned from their journeys. Sailors’ Valentines are a form of shell art that…

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magical realism books

Nature, Antidote to Stress

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By Victoria Foyt In our shifting times of change with polar political ends, rising economic inequality, alarming climate change and the loss of communities, where can we find solace? You might try a yoga class or mindfulness app or even a gourmet marijuana edible to calm your ever-growing anxiety. At best, the re-entry of our…

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magical realism

The History of Sanibel Island

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Sanibel Island is a magical place known for its exquisite beaches and an abundance of seashells that wash ashore from the Gulf of Mexico. Located in southwest Florida, it’s an extremely popular tourist destination due to easy causeway access, opportunities for shelling and incredible wildlife refuges. The stunning beauty of Sanibel Island makes the perfect…

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Sailors' Valentines

The Basics of Shell Collecting

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Sandy beaches and warm weather have attracted people to the ocean for centuries. While many flock to activities like surfing, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving, just as many are drawn to a favorite pastime of all ages: collecting seashells. Shell collecting is defined as the practice of finding and identifying mollusk shells. It’s a hobby…

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magical realism book

The Queen Conch

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The Queen conch is the name of a popular, mythical seashell and the large marine mollusk that it houses. It is also called a Pink conch due to its beautiful rosy hue. The term “conch” and “true conch” refers to a variety of medium to large-sized shells that house marine gastropod mollusks from the Strombidae…

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Sailors' Valentines

5 Tips for Finding Seashells

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Seashell collecting is a beautiful, meditative hobby that people of all ages enjoy. It may seem like finding seashells is simple—but there’s much more to it than just going for a walk on the beach. While certain beaches—including Sanibel and its sister island, Captiva—are renowned for their abundant shells, it’s important to take weather, tides…

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magical realism

The History of Magical Realism

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Magical realism is a unique genre, one that is as fun to write as it is to read. It’s a mystical, sometimes ambiguous or even esoteric genre that offers a reprieve from reality. Whether the movement is fantasy or realism is often debatable, but we can be sure that magical realism is not your average…

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romance novels

3 Benefits of Reading Romance Novels

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If you’ve ever had a friend roll their eyes or felt a judgmental look thrown your way when you opened a romance book, rest assured that those throwing shade are missing out. Reading almost any genre is good for you, but some romance novels can have a positive impact that rivals even the best self-help…

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