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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • 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.