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Today's Features

  • Adapting to a new bodily feeling and letting go of how it used to be is to live in the present. Rather than wanting the old feeling back, when you live in the now you understand that the old feeling is gone and a new feeling is here, and it’s simply a new way of feeling.

    When you adapt to the inevitable changes in life you are more at ease and content. Know that the majority of our problems come from preconceived thoughts. In order to be joyous and peaceful, you must be completely open to a new way of thinking.

  • Steve Berry brings us a chilling treasure hunt based on a true historical treasure stolen by the Nazis at the close of WW II in 1945. The Amber Room was a collection of priceless panels made of Baltic amber and once belonging to the Catherine Palace in Russia.

    The book hovers between fiction and non-fiction with the author in notes at the end pointing out which chapters have absolutely accurate information. The ending, he admits, is his own invention.

  • Treasure hunting is a fascinating occupation and finding artifacts from Florida’s historical past adds an element of wonder. The Mid-Florida Historical Research and Recovery Association has found many common items such as coins, buttons and jewelry, and have also unearthed military pieces from several wars as well as weights, eating utensils and chopping implements.

    The group travels to various locations, visiting turpentine ghost towns, battle sites and even the beach. Metal detectors come in handy when searching for relics of the state’s past.

  • I’m writing this article on Jan. 21, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s. birthday. As you remember, he spoke to our spirit when he proclaimed, “We shall overcome,” and, “free at last.” He was addressing the pain of racial discrimination. Here, we are talking about protracted physiological pain.

  • As we begin a new year let’s review some fundamentals relating to attainment of optimal health. The first item is one we normally don’t think about.

    When nature gave human cells their biochemical programs, our forebears were hunters and gatherers. Virgin, fertile land produced fresh, wholesome food — loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

    People drank clean water directly from lakes, streams, and springs. The air had no industrial pollutants — and it contained more oxygen than our present atmosphere.

  • The next Cherrywood community event will be our Valentine's Dinner Dance on Feb. 9, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now - see Nancy at Bingo - this has always been a sellout. Cost is $12.50 per person.

    Marty Carroll will entertain and the menu is of baked ziti and meatballs, smothered chicken, scalloped potatoes, vegetables, salad, rolls and beverages - and our sweet table.

    Keep your eye on the Chirp for news about the upcoming Luau.

    Until next time, be safe and most important be happy, Linda Hallermeier and the team.

    Sock Hop

  • Just down the road apiece last month’s Christmas holiday was assuredly made merrier for a good many preservists by a group of Spruce Creek Preserve volunteers. This spirited group, intent on sharing their Christmas cheer, prepared and served a most delectable Christmas dinner to a special gathering of Preserve residents in the Community Center ballroom.

  • Learning the ropes was as much a part of the job as printing and delivering production manifests at the General Motors assembly plant in Doraville, Ga. Part two concludes my first memories of my entry job with the automotive manufacturer.

    Grease was used liberally and frequently to keep the wheels of the assembly line rolling smoothly, and without any undue friction. Lubriplate was the brand name and a sticky concoction it surely was.

  • Nobody enjoys privacy more than Yours Truly. I confess I am not a very happy camper when that privacy is compromised in any fashion. Recently, I endured a tremendous trespass on my privacy.

    One day last week, I got up as usual and tottered off to the bathroom for my accustomed routine. It was then I got the shock of my life of which I am not over as of yet. I am sure this experience will be with me many years down the road. I am not sure I need counseling – but maybe a day or two at a rehab center just might do the trick.

  • Australian writer Jeanette Turner Hospital has given us a haunting tale that keeps on resonating even after the last page. The title, Due Preparations for the Plague, is taken from a 17th century work of Daniel Defoe who as a child witnessed the horrors of the Black Death, an ironic title in that the premise of both his work and Hospital’s is that there is no way to prepare for a plague.

    Hospital’s plague is terrorism which chooses randomly saints and sinners alike.