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Today's Features

  • Spruce Creek North has been without a reporter for a few years, so hopefully I can fill the job. First of all, where is Spruce Creek North?

    With all the “Spruce Creeks” in the area it is difficult to remember where each one is located.

    We, at Spruce Creek North, are bordered by Oak Run, Cherrywood and Marco Polo Village. Sounds to me like we are in very good company. Our main entrance is right off 103rd Street Road.

    Our community is basically small but we have many activities to keep us busy.

  • What a show! The Oasis did indeed become the USO …  and what a night it was. As mortar and gunfire played through the sound system, the Color Guard representing each branch of the service walked to their places on the stage.

    The audience arose as the stars and stripes entered and was carried slowly and alone to the stage, accompanied by Harry Chambers playing America the Beautiful on his keyboard. A rotating light of various colors had a glowing effect on the flag. Reverently everyone cited the Pledge of Allegiance. The stage then lit up with more than 600 lights.

  • On Nov. 9 the Military Club at Spruce Creek Preserve met to honor the veterans of all services, both men and women. We had in attendance 84, including our guest speaker and her spouse.

    We began our program with the following members of our honor guard presenting our country’s flag and the flags of the different branches of the service: John Mariani, Jim Jones, Pete Mavros, Mac Hendrix, Karl McKeivier, Wendy Vanloozenoord, and Bob Liotta. We all then joined in with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Chaplain John Rando offering the opening prayer.

  • Thanksgiving is next Thursday, a day when we all should be thankful for our life, blessings, and liberty in the U.S.A. We already know what the day will be like.

    Turkeys will thaw in the morning, then warm in the oven to an afternoon high near 190 degrees. The kitchen will turn hot and humid, and if you bother the cook, be ready for a severe squall or cold shoulder.

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    We can learn a lesson from the presidential election. Most anything is possible. You just have to want it enough to work hard.

    To some extent, I feel the message “yes we can” needs to be modified a bit. It takes an exceptional person to reach the heights that Barack Obama has, given the hurdles he needed to overcome. Saying that, it is possible for the average person to push to his or her limits.

  • Part 1 of “Market and Investment Evaluation Methods” reviewed stock market and business basics. Part 2 discussed fundamental analysis including economic, industry, and company analysis. It ended with a definition of “ratio analysis,” a tool security analysts use to measure the investment worth of a company.

    This article will review ratio analysis in more detail. Ratios provide a quick way to measure a company’s financial condition. The rations are derived from information contained in a firm’s income statement and balance sheet.

  • We achieved our goal of raising enough money to dedicate a patient care room in the name of the residents of Oak Run at the Hospice Legacy House. “Hoofin’ it for Hospice” on Saturday, Nov. 8, raised just short of $5,400.

    These contributions, together with the previous years’ “Hoofin” walks at Oak Run allowed us to reach our goal of $30,000, and the checks are still coming in.

  • For about a week I have had this nagging feeling that I was supposed to be doing something but I could not put my finger on it. It was the kind of feeling I have when I know the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage wants me to do something and I cannot remember what she told me to do.

    All I remember is her saying, “If you don’t do it you’ll be sorry.” Well, I’m sorry, and I still cannot remember it.

    This went on for over a week and then it finally dawned on me. Hemingway was right. No matter how dark it might look the Sun Also Rises.

  • Part 1 of 3 parts

    I am a writer and a Jewish woman. I have a story to tell. Usually this column is about the practices and beliefs of Judaism. It is often filled with history, fascinating facts and interesting people.

  • Hippocrites (460 B.C. to 370 B.C.) regarded by many as the father of modern medicine, said, “Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.”

    A modern scientist, Dr. Barry Sears, makes a more powerful statement. He says, “Food may be the most powerful drug you will ever take.”

    Remember: nutritional supplements are food. And Dr. Sears’ statement refers to all components of our food supply. (Dr. Sears should refer to food as medicine, not as a drug. Nevertheless, he makes his point.)