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  • By Dr. James L. Snyder

    During a recent lottery shindig, everybody was watching to see who was going to win all that money. Even I got all caught up in the excitement and was on the edge of my seat too.

    “Why,” the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage said, “are you so interested in that lottery?”

    “Well,” I said as soberly as possible, “what if I win all that money? Wouldn’t that be tremendous?” Then I flashed a gracious million-dollar smile at her.

  • By Dick Frank

    Labor Day was first celebrated in New York City in 1882 when the Central Labor Union held its first parade to show the spirit of its trade and labor groups. Now Labor Day is largely a time for family togetherness and relaxation with cookouts, barbecues, and leisure activities. The holiday also signals the unofficial end of the summer season.

  • By Rev. James Snyder

    I have just celebrated my birthday, my wife’s birthday and our wedding anniversary. I am not sure how old I am or how long we have been married and I won’t even go to my wife’s age. I’m old enough to know better.

    I have long past the idea of candles on my birthday cake representing one candle per year. The fire department will not give us a permit to do that.

  • Today is World Daffodil Day. While primarily celebrated in Australia to raise funds for their Cancer Council’s research, prevention programs, and support for those affected by cancer. It’s a great idea for us too! Your contributions can be sent to the American Cancer Society.* Most of Pun Alley’s flowers have been washed out by the rain, but there are a few flowery tales to start with.

    Chickened out

  • 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