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  • Monday is the Fourth of July. Americans will celebrate their independence by enjoying beer imported from Mexico and bratwurst shipped from Germany, and drive their cars made in Korea using gas from Iran to see fireworks made in China.

    America is a great country where we just do things differently.

    Only in America can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.

    Only in America do drug stores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions filled while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

  • In a few days, we will be celebrating Independence Day. Hot dogs will sizzle on the grill, joyful laughter will prevail over countless glasses of sweet tea and flip flops and shorts will be the attire for the day and virtually nobody will be thinking about Moses. Moses? Why, that seems as incongruous as mittens in July but as we will soon see, Moses, has much to do with what we call the American Experience.

  • I do not get as many letters as I used to do, which may be due to the Internet or to the fact that I do not have as many literate friends as I used to. I still like getting a letter, as long as it is a letter and not a bill. Bill used to write me but he was always asking for money.

  • While there are some signs that we are recovering from the great recession, we are now experiencing a downturn. Therefore, house values are still in the cellar. Those heavy investors who once were flipping houses are now flipping burgers. Our trip down Pun Alley takes us to some housing experiences.

    Swamped with good luck

    A couple of months ago Tony entered a contest and won a few acres of low land near the Everglades. Right after that he won a $950,000 house, so naturally he built it on his new land.

  • There is an old saying that to my knowledge nobody has ever taken credit. “A man works from sun up to sun down. A mother’s work is never done.” If I had said that, I would not want any credit for it either.

    Why this anonymous person compares a man with the mother is certainly information that is above my pay scale. It is almost like comparing apples with horses. I like apples and I enjoy riding a horse occasionally, but they sure do not have anything else in common.

  • June has always been the most popular month for a wedding, for it is named after Juno, Roman goddess of marriage. She would bring prosperity and happiness to all who wed in her month. After June, August is next, followed by May.

    May, however, was considered unlucky. “Marry in May and rue the day,” an old proverb goes. But “Marry in September’s shine, your living will be rich and fine.”

    Before the ceremony

  • The running of the Belmont Stakes tomorrow brings to an end this year’s Triple Crown series. While there will be no Triple Crown winner, most fans have been expecting a runoff between Animal Kingdom and Shackleford.

    Since the Preakness I have had my ear to the ground listening for horses but have only come up with some racy stories.

    Give me your answer

  • Most things in life are not always as they seem. For some reason one person will say one thing and the person hearing will hear something altogether different. This appears to be the case between the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly.

    One of the most frequent comments around our residence is, “Did you hear what I just said?”

    Of course, that does not really bother me. What does bother me is when I answer in the affirmative, she will reply by saying, “What did I just say?”

  • Most things in life are not always as they seem. For some reason one person will say one thing and the person hearing will hear something altogether different. This appears to be the case between the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly.

    One of the most frequent comments around our residence is, “Did you hear what I just said?”

    Of course, that does not really bother me. What does bother me is when I answer in the affirmative, she will reply by saying, “What did I just say?”

  • There is a standing Jewish observation about how Jewish people love Asian food. On any given day, the reservation list at a Chinese or Asian Fusion restaurant in any major U.S. city reads like the membership list of a synagogue. The interesting part is, however Jews may love Asian food, you rarely see an Oriental in a kosher deli! While this may not change in the future, at least in South Korea, the study of Talmud, the classic Jewish text of Jewish laws, history, stories and Torah commentary has become a part compulsory school curriculum.

  • I have long been an avid reader of Webster’s New World dictionary of the American language. My well-thumbed copy suggests I have done a lot of reading in it. It is the one book within easy reach of my study. Although I enjoy reading it, it does not have much of a plot.

  • This coming Sunday is National Hot Air Balloon Day, celebrated by enthusiasts filling their balloons with hot air to ascend to new heights and distances. On the ground the day marks an appropriate beginning for hopeful presidential candidates to generate their own hot air.

    Up in the air

  • The College of Central Florida has unveiled its 2011-2012 Performing Arts Series, which features music, dance and more.

                “I’m personally excited about the high quality of these performances. Most of these shows will come to us from an off-Broadway run or fresh off a national tour,” said Jennifer Fryns, director of Visual and Performing Arts at CF.

  • For as long as I can remember, I have always looked forward to Monday. Throughout the years there have been very few Mondays that I have missed, although there are some Mondays I miss. After a long weekend of labor, I enjoy the slow pace that Monday brings with it. I can sleep in as long as I want, do anything my little heart desires and just simply enjoy the day.

  • The granddaddy of all automobile races, the Indianapolis 500, is this coming Sunday, where the racecars go round and round for 500 miles. It’s symbolic of our own automotive experience where we leave home go out and around back to home, sometimes fighting as much traffic and accidents that the racers see.

    Preparation for this year’s race has already seen a number of cars eliminated by mechanical failures and, something new, three were repossessed by Bank of America.

  • Yet another environmental accolade has been added to a growing list of national and state honors earned by On Top of the World Communities with its selection as a finalist in the Sustainable Florida 2011 Best Practices Awards program sponsored by the Collins Center for Public Policy.
     One of just three finalists in the green-building category, On Top of the World, 8445 S.W. 80th St., is the only Florida home builder to reach the finals for displaying “outstanding ... sustainable practice in the built environment.”

  • Do you have what it takes to participate in “The 2011 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest – Fill the Blue Suede Shoes” at the Circle Square Cultural Center on July 9 in Ocala?

  • I am not usually given to protesting much of anything these days. “Live and let live,” is the motto I go by and up until now, it has served me rather well and I have no complaints.

    I must confess, however, that recently I have been challenged in this area of my life. I have tried to keep my cool and have succeeded to a minimal success. I know one of these days I am going to turn into Popeye where he says, “That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands n’more?” Then, look out.

  • Last week I mentioned I was relaxing around the swimming pool contemplating life. Right after that I found out that May is National Meditation Month. So, all week long I have been engaged in thought, contemplation, and thinking about those who engage in transcendental meditation.

    Active Life

    Two middle-aged women met on the street. "How are you?" asked one of them.

    "Fine, thanks," replied the other.