Today's Features

  • Many of us transplanted from the North tend to dismiss Florida history, thinking it refers to a few Seminole raids, Henry Flagler’s railroad, and the creation of Disneyland. But in Patrick Smith’s A Land Remembered we are given a rich history predating trendy beaches and cheap souvenirs.

  • Some things I absolutely refuse to do. However, when I am coerced into doing one of those things I remember why I usually refuse to do them and swear a solemn oath never to do them again.

    It is not things that I hate to do, necessarily, but things that get me into trouble.

    For example; I positively refuse to sing in public. I love singing but my respect for human dignity, not to mention the delicate nature of human ears, restrains me from this kind of public display. It is perfectly all right for me to sing in the shower.

  • The Freedom Quilters group consists of 30-plus members. Over the course of six months and unimagined hours, they created a work of art in the chicken scratch quilt which they donated to the library as a fundraiser.

    On behalf of the library, The Friends and Quilters Group working together will have tickets available at the library for a minimum donation of $2 per ticket or three for $5. Stop in and get your tickets from Monday, March 16, to Saturday morning, March 28.

  • When you lend money to someone you want some assurance from the borrower that the debt will be repaid. You get that assurance by knowing whether and how a bond is secured, or backed.

    In some cases bonds are backed by a legal claim on specific assets that can be forfeited to the lender if the debt is not repaid. One of the most common examples of s secured bond is a mortgage.

    Your mortgage is secured by a lien against your house. If you don’t make your mortgage payments, the lender has the legal right to the house. The house serves as collateral for the mortgage.

  • Well, they are at it again; criminals have developed another way to try to get your personal information. This scam, which is making the rounds again, works by the criminal calling an unsuspecting victim. That caller claims to be a jury coordinator, making you think you missed a jury summons.

    If you protest, telling the caller you never received a jury summons, the caller asks for your Social Security number and date of birth so he can “cancel the arrest warrant” that he infers may be issued for your arrest because you failed to answer for jury duty.

  • Big Red Bus stops

  • Some people have a hard time with nothing. They get all jittery and nervous and don’t know what to do with themselves. I, on the other hand, enjoy nothing better than anything I can think of. Of course, right now I’m not busily engaged in thinking. I’m saving my thinking for when I really need it.

  • I have a lot of spiders around my place. It seems like there are more this year, maybe because we had a nice, wet winter. The spider I particularly like is the spiny orb weaver (Gasteracantha cancriformis), a Florida native. These spiders look like little flat crabs with white shells, with black spots and six-pointed red spines around the outside edge. That’s why their common name is “crab spider.”

  • State Road 200, just east of I-75, has long been known as “restaurant row.” In today’s economy it has four restaurants in a row out of business, two more nearby closed and even a fast-food place shuttered.

    Driving through this section of highway brings forth memories of having dined on great food and enjoying good fellowship with others at most of these closed establishments.

  • A mind is a terrible thing to waste, especially when there are ways to save it. Although everyone experiences some degree of mental decline as they age, the good news is that there are ways to delay – and even prevent – it, according to Raymond Crowel, Psy. D., vice president of mental health and substance abuse services at the National Mental Health Association.

    Am I Losing my Mind?