• During my high school career I was no thespian, however, I could act the fool when called upon. My friend was the thespian and starred in our senior high school play, “Finian’s Rainbow.” One of the musical numbers was, “When I’m not near the girl I love,

    I love the girl I’m near.”

  • By Rev. James Snyder

    At times, it seems as if there is absolutely no justice in this world, and then something wonderful happens making up for almost everything. This past week I was fortunate enough to experience one of those rare jewels of life.

    I must say not all weeks are like this. My weeks usually range from bad to worse to when will this ever stop?

  • It has taken me quite a while to get adjusted to this idea of “Spring Forward” and “Fall Backward.” I get the idea falling backwards, but I do not know what it means to spring forward. Moreover, why can’t we spring backward and fall forward one year? After all, there is this issue of equal rights.

    It has taken me a while to get adjusted to these kinds of time changes.

  • African Violets were on display and on sale at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion last weekend.

  • One day this past week, I got up a little earlier than usual and to keep from waking up the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage I got my coffee and went to the back porch to enjoy a quiet early morning.
    As I sat on the back porch drinking my coffee and taking in the early morning atmosphere, I noticed a bunch of birds sitting on the fence in the backyard. They were squawking at me as though I was the worst person in their world. I believe what they were screaming about was that I had not filled the bird feeder yet.

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • By Dick Frank

    With the end of the holiday season, clearance sales of all kinds have been taking place. Lots of good items that just didn’t sell earlier and specials that didn’t fit in with buyers’ plans are being cleared out.

    Here in Pun Alley the situation is similar. Good stories that didn’t fit in any of the themes of last year’s columns have accumulated. Today you get to read them in our own clearance event.

    A needle in time

  • Dr. James L. Snyder

    The New Year festivities have died down quite a bit and everything seems calm in our blissful domicile. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is back to her routine of organizing and straightening everything up. Her motto is: "A place for everything and everything in its place."

    She is quite faithful in her New Year's resolutions. For years, she has tried to get me involved in New Year's resolutions and I only halfheartedly get involved. It does not seem to work for me though.

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • By Dick Frank

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • By Marcia Blomer
    Special to the Citizen

  • The magical musical Mary Poppins opened Thursday, at Ocala Civic Theatre.
    In the autumn of 1910, the Banks family of 17 Cherry Tree Lane in London is in for a jolly holiday when “the perfect nanny,” Mary Poppins, mysteriously arrives. With Mary Poppins around, “anything can happen if you let it,” as children Jane and Michael soon discover: an outing in the park where the statues come to life, a visit to a magic gingerbread shop, an exuberant dance across the rooftops with a crowd of chimney sweeps, and a journey through the starry heavens.

  • By Patricia A. Woodbury, RN MSN

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • By Dick Frank

  • Beginning Sunday, May 3, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will present Judaism Decoded: The Origins and Evolution of Jewish Tradition, a new six-week spring course which will uncover the unique formula that has sustained Jewish tradition for millennia. Rabbi Yossi Hecht, director of The Chabad Jewish Center of Ocala and The Villages, will conduct the six course sessions in Ocala for six Sundays, starting May 3, 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at The Chabad Jewish Center and in Lady Lake, for six Tuesdays, starting May 5, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at The Lady Lake Public Library.

  • By Patricia Woodbury RN MSN

  • By Rev. James Snyder
    I was rearranging some bookshelves to make room for a few new books when it happened. I was in for a surprise and did not quite know it. There behind some books on my bookshelf was an old family photo album I had not seen in years.
    When I say old, I mean these were pictures taken when cameras were really cameras with film in them. Nobody knows what those cameras were like today.

  • By Patricia A. Woodbury