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Today's Features

  • Officially winter is still more than a week away, but we have had our share of abnormal low temperatures for quite a while now with no letup in sight. Perhaps when winter does get here we will have some warmer weather. Then, as Floridians, we can talk about how cold it’s been.

    Many of us were originally from somewhere in the North and can remember a parent or grandparent talking about how cold it was in the old days. They would say it was so cold:

  • Oak Run resident John Zaner is a career Computer systems Engineer and worked on the cutting edge of computer technology for the Department of Defense for more than two decades.  This, and his experience as an FAA licensed pilot, inspired him to write his first novel, Circle of Hope, which chronicles a journey into outer space by modern Noahs building intergalactic arks to save survivors of a doomed earth.

  • He rises up from the mist, a man-like creature formed from the soft clay earth, his birth attended by three learned sages whispering incantations from an ancient text. The creature has a parchment in its mouth, on it is written the ineffable name of God.

    This creature, a humanoid without a soul or personality, is ready to do work at his master’s bidding. The huge monster of a man with an uneven stiff-legged gait stands posed and ready, eager to wield his brute force when prompted.

  • It wasn’t so long ago that many investors regarded dividends as roughly the financial equivalent of a record turntable at a gathering of MP3 users – a throwback to an earlier era, irrelevant to the real action. But fast forward a few years and things look different.

  • Author Stewart O’Nan has sometimes been labeled “the bard of the working class.” And in this 146-page gem of a novel the hero is a 35-year-old manager of a Red Lobster restaurant tucked at the end of a hardscrabble mall. It is five days before Christmas and headquarters has determined that Manny De Leon’s place is not meeting the numbers and must close.

  • Now that Thanksgiving is over I can sigh a deep, well-deserved relief. Being thankful for everything is very hard work. During the Thanksgiving season, I pasted a gratuitous smile on my face claiming to be thankful for everything, but deep down inside somewhere there is a streak of rebellion that struggles with this concept of being thankful.

    I must admit that I am working on it because the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage keeps telling me, “You had better be working on that attitude of yours.”

  • I love fall and Thanksgiving. Here in our part of Florida the air is cooler, the nights have a bit of a nip in them and the trees along the turnpike have a bit of color around the tips. Pumpkin patches seem to pop up everywhere along the rural back roads and festivals and craft shows abound.

  • The Quilt Club raffles at the Cherrywood Craft Show will make the holidays brighter for two local charities. The quilt drawing produced $246 for the food pantry at Interfaith Emergency Services.

    The raffle table of quilted items made it possible to send $113 to Sheltering Arms.

    Democratic Club

  • 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.