• Shakespeare, in Romeo and Juliet, asks: “What’s in a name? A rose by any other name still smells as sweet.” Obviously, Shakespeare did not know much about Jewish names for synagogues, for, as one will discover, names are very important and have a lot to say about a particular congregation.

  • I just learned a new phrase, “opportunity cost.” It means that taking advantage of one opportunity means forgoing another opportunity.


    We clean our homes to save money but in the process our time can’t be spent another way. On the other hand, if we pay someone to clean, we have more time to use in other ways. It can be a difficult balancing act trying to decide which is more important in our situation.

    That goes for so many other areas in our lives. To be happy, we need to mindfully choose carefully among our many choices.

  • The lawns are finally starting to look good after that nasty winter kill we had. I know our new grass plugs and weeds are looking great!


    Homes are selling more and more. Hopefully the people that have to sell for health reasons or whatever the next 6 months should be better and they can move on.

    Feature of the week

    Well, believe it or not, the feature this week is another couple who are married 50 years or more. Beverly and Rich Simmons will be married 58 years on Sept. 24.

  • “In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” Rollo May

    The problem facing many people is being is solitude. If they don’t enjoy their own company, how can they expect others to enjoy being with them.

    Creativity doesn’t necessarily mean writing a book or painting a beautiful picture. There are people who have a wonderful way of furnishing their homes. Some are creative in the kitchen cooking tasty meals.

  • This month we are trying to help two beautiful young cats find their forever home. These young sisters are about a year and a half old and were found homeless and pregnant in a parking lot in Ocala. Both girls were wonderful mothers to their kittens, and most of the kittens have been adopted. Now it’s time for the moms to have a home of their own, too. The moms are currently being fostered by a dedicated cat rescue volunteer, but she can’t keep them. She has, however, had them spayed, microchipped and vaccinated so that all you have to do is give them a home.

  • No, not refurbished, but 100 percent brand new. Our tennis courts look great, having been rebuilt from the cellar upward. From a deep base of crushed limestone on up to the repainted tennis and pickle ball lines under new net systems, it‘s all new. Charlie Mock wants to get the word out that your forehand, backhand and every other swing are welcome on this new playing surface, right now!

    Bowling? Yes, indeed!

  • Sunday is our nation’s birthday, a day associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, baseball games, and other events commemorating how our country was born. We start with my favorite patriotic story.

    Tarzan The Painter

    Frank Buck was the greatest animal trapper that ever lived. The San Diego Zoo asked him to capture a rare hornless rhinoceros.

  • Blood Drive

    Bloodmobiles from Florida's Blood Centers will be at Palm Grove on Wednesday, July 7, from noon to 5 p.m and on Thursday, July 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please bring picture identification. Be sure to eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating. Remember that Florida's Blood Center is the only source of blood for all Marion County hospitals and other medical facilities.

    Fourth of July Festivities

  • Twenty-six years after the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, a group of Jews from Recife, Brazil landed in the Dutch city of New Amsterdam. The year was 1654 and the Jews were Spanish and Portuguese refugees fleeing the persecution of the Inquisition. They left Brazil when the Inquisition reached the South American shores and were seeking a new life here in America.

  • June is the traditional month for weddings; there is no other more romantic month. Many couples have finished their wedding preparations and have walked down the aisle. Two years ago Pun Alley took us down this path of courtship and weddings. Last year we looked at newlyweds after one year. Today we have some tales of those who have been married longer.

    How’s that?

    The flustered father of twins, his first babies, had them out in a carriage when a neighbor approached and asked their names. “Steak and Kidney,” the father answered.

  • The June meeting of the Oak Run Republican Club will take place at the Orchid Club at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30. Once again several Republican candidates for political offices will be there to become acquainted with interested Oak Run residents

  • “Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way…that is not easy.” Aristotle

    Why be angry. At our ages we might be gone by tomorrow. It’s best to accept the excuse and go on rather than upsetting ourselves. The other person certainly has. We should not be repeating childish behavior.

    Holding a grudge not only hurts the person holding it but can also color the life around them.

    Master the Possibilities

  • Just down the road apiece, Preservist Charlotte duChossois submitted the following article for inclusion in this week’s column.

    With all of the grim news we are hearing and reading about, how about a little silliness for a change? Last spring, if anyone recalls, we were flattered to be the “chosen ones” to have two beautiful bluebirds take up residence in our bird house. As it all unfolded, the whole process of them finally settling down was a delight to observe.

  • Bocci League president is active in community

    I know there are a few (maybe more) out there saying it is too hot and humid, so can I remind you of Jan. 9, 2010? Snow flurries and a dusting of that white stuff, plus temperatures that plummeted to 15 degrees or less. So what I am trying to say is, which would you prefer, frozen water pipes and cold or hot and humid weather?

    Feature of the week

  • Brand New Trips for the summer, fall, and winter are here and booking fast:

    Flyers are available for these trips at the Clubhouse on the travel rack. You must call Nancy at 352-861-1432 to get the rates and reserve your seat. Remember you do not need to live in Cherrywood to go on our trips. Just call Nancy to sign up.

    Luncheon Train, Friday, Aug. 27: Come enjoy a two-hour Murder Mystery Luncheon train ride aboard the Star

    Clipper out of Eustis. Includes bus, two-hour murder mystery train ride, complete lunch, all taxes and gratuities.

  • The Blue Crab Festival in Palatka, Florida, was the destination ride for the Oak Run Motorcycle Club on Saturday, May 29. In addition to the good ride, the members enjoyed all the interesting booths and of course the food.

    Our next meeting is Monday, June 21, at 7 p.m. in Palm Grove. We will be discussing our participation in the Oak Run Fourth of July parade which will take place on Saturday, July 3. Line up is at 7:30 a.m. For more information, call Rod George at 352-854-8721.

    Oak Run Travel

  • Living a balanced life should be easier for retirees than working people but that’s not always the case. Some of us are still prone to putting chores before fun. Only having good times can get just as stale as only doing chores and the like.

    It’s important to make time to learn, exercise, keep up with chores, and play, whatever that is for you. We now have the time to engage in hobbies, see the latest movies, but also balance our checkbook and keep our living quarters neat and tidy.

  • Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

    Vacation Bible School will take place Monday, June 21, through Friday, June 25, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5200 S.W. State Road 200. “Planet Zoom” is the theme for this adventure which will be from 9 a.m. to noon for children ages 4-12. Registration began on June 1, to register your child or children, or for more information please call 352-237-2233 before 1 p.m.

    Episcopal Church of the Advent

  • Father’s Day is Sunday. Almost 100 years have elapsed since the first Father’s Day was celebrated. In the 1900s fathers didn’t have it nearly as good as fathers of today; but they did have a few advantages:

    Back then, if a father put a roof over his family’s head, he was a success. Today, it takes a roof, deck, pool, and 3-car garage.

    Back then, fathers could help their children with their school work. Today, fathers rely on their kids to teach them how to work the computer and set the VCR.

  • Board prexy Joe Raffony introduced them as “Jingle,” the man, and “Bells,” his wife, during June Homeowner’s Forum, but somehow forgot to mention the connection; both are ding-a-lings for the Salvation Army’s red kettle. Their community volunteer service includes active membership in Patrol, CERT and Sunshine, Set-Up, Dance and Christmas Decoration committees. You always see them pitching in during breakfast, lunch and dinner events.