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  • By Grandma

    Even today in 2019, a trip to the moon still seems outrageous to most people; however, in 1969, that feat really seemed unreal. Yes, it was unbelievable; but it happened thanks to the vision of President John F. Kennedy and the 400,000 people who worked endless hours to accomplish what seemed totally unbelievable.

  • Dr. James L. Snyder

    In our house, thunder has a variety of meanings. Some not as good as others, but that is another story. Either way, I am not a fan of thunder.

    Recently, some heavy thunder visited our area along with rain and lightning. I was beginning to understand how Noah felt during his first night in that Ark. Some of the thunder was so loud it seemed like it was inside our house.

    Thankfully, I lost my heebie-jeebies a long time ago.

  • By Dick Frank

    On July 23 1829, William Burt patented a forerunner of the typewriter. The typewriter as we know it, came into being after further development. Even though the typewriter is now history, there are some interesting stories about those who pounded on the keys.

    In the early days, the girl who operated the typewriter was also called a typewriter. “I say, Tom,” said the young business man to his friend, “Where do you buy your typewriter ribbons?”

  • By Patricia A. Woodbury RN, MSN

    Ever wonder what tai chi is all about? This ancient Chinese practice has proven to be one of the most powerful ways to improve both your physical and mental health.

  • By Dick Frank

    Today is National Bike to Work Day, right in the middle of National Bike to Work Week. Even if you are retired get out on a bicycle. If you don’t have one you can rent from a bicycle shop on the greenway and enjoy paved and dirt trials away from all the traffic and noise. If you can’t bicycle anymore, just ride down Pun Alley for a little humor.

    Up and down

  • By Paula Gajewski

    Gracie is celebrating her first birthday. She got a new groomer style this past week. This sweet girl will claim your heart when you meet her. Call Paula 352-300-1072 or send an email spca.marion.county@gmail.com for information.

  • By Bob Garver

  • By James L. Snyder

    The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were dining out at a very nice restaurant. We had been on the road for two days and were weary of travel. At least, I was.

    Nothing I hate more on a vacation than travel. But this time it was not so bad because my wife was doing all the driving. She’s an excellent driver because she had the world’s best teacher. I admit that I was her teacher.

    We were seated and began looking at the menu. Then my wife said, “You don’t take very many things seriously, do you?”

  • By Patricia A. Woodbury RN, MSN

  • By Patricia A. Woodbury RN, MSN

  • By Dick Frank

  • Dr. James L. Snyder

    As circumstance would have it, and I like to give circumstances due credit, I was visiting my grandchildren without the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage.

    Normally, if there is such a status, my wife travels with me when we visit the grandchildren. However, when she is along I do not have a chance. I will not say that she hogs the grandchildren, she does, I just will not say so. As a husband, I know when to speak my mind and when to mind my speaking. The inexperienced husband does not know the difference and pays for it.

  • By Bob Garver

  • Dick Frank

    Today is the last day of school. Teachers breathe a sigh of relief while parents foresee more work taking care of their children while waiting for the reopening of school. Tales being told out of school have already found their way to Pun Alley.

    Teacher frustrations

    Teacher: The story you handed in called “Our Dog,” is exactly like your brother’s. Pupil: Of course, it’s the same dog.

    Teacher: What does “coincidence” mean? Pupil: Funny, I was just going to ask you that.

  • By Pat Wellington

    This novel is a prequel to Kelly’s runaway best seller “Lilac Girls,” in which Caroline Ferriday was a main character. In this story, however, she’s a mere child. The story’s focus, instead, is on her mother, Eliza, who reaches out to Russian nobility being brutalized during World War I and the Russian Revolution.

  • Dr. James L. Snyder

    Like many people, I try planning and arranging my week so I can accomplish as much as possible.

    For example, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage on Monday morning hands me her “honey-do-list” to complete by the end of the week. When she hands it to me, I smile and underneath that list I have concealed from her my “to-do-list.”

    It is not that I ignore her list… well, maybe I do. But, I don’t do it on purpose… well, maybe I do.

  • By Dick Frank

    Today is National Bike to Work Day, right in the middle of National Bike to Work Week. Even if you are retired get out on a bicycle. If you don’t have one you can rent from a bicycle shop on the greenway and enjoy paved and dirt trials away from all the traffic and noise. If you can’t bicycle anymore, just ride down Pun Alley for a little humor.

    Up and down

  • By Pat Wellington

    “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone”

    By Lori Gottlieb

    Here’s a non-fiction book that pulls back the curtain on the therapy process.  Psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb helps patients looking for answers like the egotistic television producer, the newlywed with terminal cancer, and a senior citizen contemplating suicide.

    In her down time Gottlieb seeks help herself of a specific kind. She wants to find a therapist who will agree with her that the lover who recently dumped her is a beast.

  • Patricia A. Woodbury RN, MSN

    Americans like their breads. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that at least half of your breads and other grain-based foods, including cereals and energy bars, should be whole grain. Whole-grain breads you find in supermarkets differ by the relative amount of whole grain, the sodium content and the amount of added sugars.

  • “I Remember Mama”

    Surely I’m not the only one who remembers that wonderful television program from years ago (the days of black and white TV).  It was called “I Remember Mama,” and it was a very nostalgic and lovely show about a sweet lady with her hair up in a bun working in the kitchen with the full apron cooking up something that you would swear you could smell drifting from that old small screen TV set.