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Today's Features

  • An item on the evening news pointed out a growing problem with many people, which they called sleep deprivation. I never heard of this before and until recently, I was never interested in this subject. Now, I find I am part of a big company.

    Whoever said misery loves company has never suffered from sleep deprivation. It does not comfort me in the least to know that other people have the same difficulty going to sleep at night. What would comfort me is a good night’s sleep.

  • In their ground-breaking biography of the world’s best known preacher, Billy Graham, and his relationship with 11 sitting presidents, two highly acclaimed journalists have recorded hundreds of hours of personal recollections. To his credit, Graham demanded no preconditions and asked only for fairness.

    The authors pick up the amazing trajectory of Graham’s career as a magnetic evangelist in the year 1949. At this time, Graham was essentially resurrecting something dead for years — tent revivals.

  • In 1737, Irish immigrants began observing St. Patrick’s Day in Boston and held the first parade in New York City in 1766. Now, the tradition continues with almost everybody wearing green, being honorary Irish, and eating corned beef and cabbage.

    In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, on this coming Monday, Pun Alley is decked out in green and will have some Irish fun.

    Taken to the Cleaners

    Patrick O’Reilly was lucky. Since the day he had found a four-leaf clover, everything good seemed to come his way.

  • March is Pet Nutrition Month so let’s explore what your pet needs to thrive. Wild animals manage to survive on what they find to eat but their life span is far shorter than our domestic pets.

    Today’s manufactured pet foods are carefully formulated to keep all of our pets’ biological systems functioning well at all times, but there are so many choices that it can get confusing. What about home cooking? Should you supplement with vitamins?

  • With all the hype and hoopla concerning our non-existent immigration policy and the resistance of our so-called illegal immigrants’ failure to use our native tongue makes me remember several instances that were both humorous and informational. Early in my career with General Motors in Doraville, Georgia we had the occasion to become friends with the morning watch commander of the Doraville Police Department.

  • The Jewish holiday of Purim (which occurs this year on March 21) celebrates the Jews’ deliverance from the hands of the wicked Haman in ancient Persia. It is customary to masquerade, poke fun, write satire and have a good time. In honor of the holiday, I offer the following.

    In the news:

    A herd of Texas longhorns escaped from a ranch into the woods along Route 44 in Hernando. When asked about the incident, the owner, James Maverick, explained it was all a big miss-steak.

  • On this day in 1876 Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone. When seniors think about telephones, the image of an old antique crank wall phone comes to mind, while the younger generation considers an antique telephone to be a black thing having a dial with numbered holes.

    Now, telephones are so tiny that most people carry them around. Obviously, telephone lines run through Pun Alley with some phoney stories.

  • For as far back as I can remember (which may not be very long in real time) I have been getting messages from eHarmony.com. I do not mind getting e-mail because that is what the Internet is all about. If I happen to get an e-mail I do not like I simply press “delete” and, presto, it is gone.

    Some e-mail senders are more persistent than others are. After a while it crosses that invisible line called “being downright pesky.” Such has been the case most recently for Yours Truly from eHarmony.

  • After seven years in scheduling we experienced a time period known as “reduction in force.” This means we were losing a shift due to slow car sales.

    A new experience awaited me as we were laid off in sequence of our seniority and called back on an “as-need” basis. For some reason still unknown to me, I was called back and placed in Plant Security as a vacation relief security officer.

  • Life has its challenges. No matter how diligently you engage in diet, mental activity, and exercise you are destined to encounter adverse circumstances. You could consume a toxin in your food. Or you might develop a hernia, or cancer, or fibromyalgia, or etc., etc.

    There are so many evils around us, it’s impossible to predict when one of them will target a specific person. However, all is not negative.