Barbara Marshall

Barbara Marshall writes profiles of interesting people and stories that tug at the heart strings, as well as features about Florida travel and local history.

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Artist illustrated President Trump tweets to help “understand him”
 Shortly after President Trump’s inauguration, cartoonist Shannon Wheeler  was trying to put together a book of his work that had been published in “The New Yorker,” “Mad” magazine and “The Onion.” “But my heart wasn’t in it,” said Wheeler, who said at the time he was...

Posted: 22 hours ago

Shortly after President Trump’s inauguration, cartoonist Shannon Wheeler  was trying to put together a book of his work that had been published in “The New Yorker,” “Mad” magazine and “The Onion.” “But my heart wasn’t in it,” said Wheeler, who said at the time he was...
Local Haitians, politicians denounce Trump’s use of the ‘S’ word
 Haitian-American pastor Jean Bruny feels betrayed, sad and angry. “President Trump told us he was our champion when he was campaigning,” said Bruny, the head of the First Haitian Church of God in West Palm Beach, referring to a meeting candidate Trump had in Miami’s Little Haiti in September, 2016, when he told Haitian-American...

Posted: 5 days ago

Haitian-American pastor Jean Bruny feels betrayed, sad and angry. “President Trump told us he was our champion when he was campaigning,” said Bruny, the head of the First Haitian Church of God in West Palm Beach, referring to a meeting candidate Trump had in Miami’s Little Haiti in September, 2016, when he told Haitian-American...
Missing fisherman: Why did search take so long? Lake O is really big
 Just how vast is Lake Okeechobee? Those following the search this week for missing fisherman Nik Kayler, whose body was found Wednesday, might have wondered why the effort to find him was so difficult and took six days. After all, it’s just a lake, not an ocean. Why did it take so long? Lake Okeechobee, Palm Beach County’s avocado-shaped...

Posted: 6 days ago

Just how vast is Lake Okeechobee? Those following the search this week for missing fisherman Nik Kayler, whose body was found Wednesday, might have wondered why the effort to find him was so difficult and took six days. After all, it’s just a lake, not an ocean. Why did it take so long? Lake Okeechobee, Palm Beach County’s avocado-shaped...
How did Boca Museum get one of last works by this famous artist?
 Boca Raton Museum of Art assistant curator Lanya Snyder didn’t know what to expect when she visited sculptor and ceramicist Betty Woodman in her Chelsea studio in Manhattan last spring. Artists, after all, can be aloof. And Woodman’s career had been a formidable one. She was a feminist force in the once-macho world of ceramics...

Posted: 8 days ago

Boca Raton Museum of Art assistant curator Lanya Snyder didn’t know what to expect when she visited sculptor and ceramicist Betty Woodman in her Chelsea studio in Manhattan last spring. Artists, after all, can be aloof. And Woodman’s career had been a formidable one. She was a feminist force in the once-macho world of ceramics...
Why are President Trump’s Tweets going on display in West Palm Beach?
 What would it look like if Donald’s Trump’s tweets came with pictures? Cartoonist Shannon Wheeler took on that challenge in his book, “My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump, ” whose actual title is prefaced by a word we can’t use online that can be roughly translated as “stuff.&rdquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

What would it look like if Donald’s Trump’s tweets came with pictures? Cartoonist Shannon Wheeler took on that challenge in his book, “My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump, ” whose actual title is prefaced by a word we can’t use online that can be roughly translated as “stuff.&rdquo...
West Palm man’s dream garden still recovering from Hurricane Irma
 Gene Joyner gingerly leads the way through the tangle of rare plants and trees known as Unbelievable Acres, his private botanical garden that’s still recovering from a brutal punch by Hurricane Irma. He shuffles slowly these days since diabetes began numbing his feet, yet he can’t stop educating visitors about the...

Posted: 13 days ago

Gene Joyner gingerly leads the way through the tangle of rare plants and trees known as Unbelievable Acres, his private botanical garden that’s still recovering from a brutal punch by Hurricane Irma. He shuffles slowly these days since diabetes began numbing his feet, yet he can’t stop educating visitors about the...
Trump, Tiger, clown killer: Top 10 Palm Beach County stories of 2017
 Storms were major news in Palm Beach County in 2017, from the glancing blow dealt by Hurricane Irma to the tumult surrounding visits from our most famous part-time resident, President Donald Trump. The county’s top ten stories of the year include an arrest in a sensational 27-year-old murder case and the prison sentence that put an...

Posted: 19 days ago

Storms were major news in Palm Beach County in 2017, from the glancing blow dealt by Hurricane Irma to the tumult surrounding visits from our most famous part-time resident, President Donald Trump. The county’s top ten stories of the year include an arrest in a sensational 27-year-old murder case and the prison sentence that put an...
The activity that helped a disabled Boca man, 77, re-energize his life
 Arms cranking, leaning into it, Gary Elsner flies past, illustrating the art of the possible in sweat, swiftness and a three-wheel handcycle. “Speed is my thing,” he says, catching his breath after a few sprints around his Boca Raton condo community. “I like a hint of danger and adventure.” It’s a gutsy...

Posted: 30 days ago

Arms cranking, leaning into it, Gary Elsner flies past, illustrating the art of the possible in sweat, swiftness and a three-wheel handcycle. “Speed is my thing,” he says, catching his breath after a few sprints around his Boca Raton condo community. “I like a hint of danger and adventure.” It’s a gutsy...
PHOTOS: Check out this stunning West Palm Beach show house makeover
 When the local Red Cross chapter last year pulled the plug on its designer show house after 40 years, it opened a vacancy in the world of wishful thinking and aspirational home envy. Into the breach stepped the 44-year-old Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club Decorator Show House, a New York City institution since 1973. The day after...

12:30 AM Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017

When the local Red Cross chapter last year pulled the plug on its designer show house after 40 years, it opened a vacancy in the world of wishful thinking and aspirational home envy. Into the breach stepped the 44-year-old Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club Decorator Show House, a New York City institution since 1973. The day after...
Why does Mounts Botanical Garden have all these ‘trashy’ sculptures?
 From a distance, Priscilla shimmers in shades of turquoise, blue and orange, just like a parrotfish should. The large-scale 1,600-pound sculpture, with its Margaritaville colors, seems lighthearted, floating above what looks like a tropical reef, placed against a bower of flowering plants at Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach...

12:15 AM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

From a distance, Priscilla shimmers in shades of turquoise, blue and orange, just like a parrotfish should. The large-scale 1,600-pound sculpture, with its Margaritaville colors, seems lighthearted, floating above what looks like a tropical reef, placed against a bower of flowering plants at Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach...
Restaurants with a view: 15 of the most beautiful spots in the county
 There’s just something about Palm Beach County…. The palm trees perfectly lining the streets, the pops of pink and yellow in the trees, the ocean waves acting as the perfect soundtrack to date night or family night conversation.  Whether you’ve got family and friends coming into town this holiday season,...

2:44 PM Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

There’s just something about Palm Beach County…. The palm trees perfectly lining the streets, the pops of pink and yellow in the trees, the ocean waves acting as the perfect soundtrack to date night or family night conversation.  Whether you’ve got family and friends coming into town this holiday season,...