Sunday, April 26, 2015

Age is No Barrier (Continued): 12. Sandra

Sandra -- who goes by "Mom" -- is Edgard's wife and mother of three running daughters.  
She greets customers, takes orders and handles the cash register at the Neighborhood Cafe.  

Sandra is nearly 80 years old.  Back in the 1980s, Mom was one of the family runners who ran across the USA on two successive years.  She still runs distance races, though she says
she is slower these days.  See all the race numbers behind her?

Like everyone else in the family, Mom was originally a teacher.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Age is No Barrier (Continued): 11. Edgard

Edgard -- age 80 -- is the cook at the Neighborhood Cafe and father of Leigh, Lynda and their sister.  Edgard is a former physics, biology and physical education teacher and soccer coach who
has written a book about coaching soccer.  He still consults to soccer coaches.

In addition to the two runs across the USA described yesterday, Edgard was in the Guinness Book of World Records for running 101 marathons in one year.  (That is a Guinness belt over his shoulder.)
When he was 61, Edgard went back to Ashland College in Ohio and made the football team.
He became the oldest man ever to play college football.  That is his Ashland football helmet.

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Neighborhood Cafe

Leigh makes sandwiches at the Neighborhood Cafe.  Her sister, Lynda, is the barista.  (A third sister wasn't there at the time.)  They are both Brazilian-born ex-teachers who work in the family cafe.

In the 1980s Leigh and Lynda were part of a five-person family group that ran south-to-north across the entire USA from Naples to the Canadian border, four at a time, with the fifth driving the van.

The following year Leigh and Lynda and the other family runners ran east-to-west across the entire United States from Ocean City, Maryland, to San Diego, California.  This time they ran relay style, four runners each day.  The family ran about 60 - 70 miles a day.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Winnie and Carmelita

Winnie and her mother Carmelita are from Mexico.  They make colorful jewelry that they sell
in flea markets and crafts shows.  Winnie is wearing a necklace she made.
Winnie also has a regular Saturday night gig singing in the lounge
of the Ritz Carlton hotel in Naples.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Rod is Kelli's husband.  He has run 38 marathons, but after Kelli had surgery on her knee,
they both stopped (for now).  Rod's expertise is in project management, operational
excellence and lean business processes.  Kelli and Rod are starting up a consulting firm
combining her leadership expertise and Rod's project management knowledge.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Kelli was a serious runner for three decades, running numerous marathons and half marathons.  
A couple of years back, she developed knee problems requiring surgery.  So, 
her running days are over, but she swims, bikes and works out instead.

Originally from northeast Ohio, Kelli moved to Naples a year ago.  She spent a career in
talent development, leadership and executive coaching at a variety of nonprofits and educational institutions.  Today Kelli and her husband are developing a small consulting firm.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Buffalo Chips

"Florida's favorite upscale dive."
(With the emphasis on "dive.")

Today's post is linked to Monday Mural.