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Today's News

  • Lawmakers are in session, keep a hand on your wallet

    Florida legislators have a tough job ahead of them, dealing with the newest budget crisis and the projected $2 billion shortfall in revenue. They are meeting in a two-week special session to decide just how to deal with shrinking state coffers.

    The housing market slump is one of the many reasons there’s a shortfall but a significant one, with home construction being one of the state’s largest industries. When buying a house, homeowners buy documentary stamps in proportion to the purchase price of the home.

  • Hard Freeze on the way

     

     

     

     

    The coldest air of the season, with widespread freezing conditions, is expected to affect much of the central portion of the state tonight and Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

  • Organization isn't all it's stacked up to be

    So far the New Year and I have gotten along quite famously. If the rest of the year goes as well as the first week it will be a wonderful year. I love it when a plan comes together – especially when it’s mine.

    Then the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage disrupted my amicable muse. She emerged from my office and said most defiantly, "You need to be more organized. I don’t know how you find anything in that office?"

  • Solana Rojas fits evil to a 'T'

    Although never a real fan of Sue Grafton, I have over the years picked up one or two of her novels which I often found underwhelming. But her latest, T Is for Trespass, has to be tops in the alphabet series because in Solana Rojas she has created evil incarnate.

  • Is religious speech "second class?"

    For 88 years, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and its allies have fought for legal rulings that censor America’s Christian history and heritage to overturn our traditional values. Now it has taken this intolerant campaign to the next level by increasingly demanding jail for Christians who won’t comply.

    In Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, a private individual prayed before a school event and the ACLU issued a startling threat. “Their refusal to comply, (the censorship of religious speech) should and must result in their removal from society.”

  • All can 'Master the Possibilities'

    There is an interesting article in the December issue of Experience Life magazine that I’d like to share with you. True health and happiness are woven together. We need both.

    For optimal health, a person needs enough satisfaction, passion and pleasure. We need this for a good quality of life and a sense of well-being. Of course, some pleasurable behaviors have the opposite effect, such as smoking, drinking too much or overeating.

  • Bloodmobile coming to clubhouse

    Please come to the blood drive Thursday, Jan. 15. The Florida’s Blood Center bloodmobile will be at the Clubhouse from 7:45 a.m. to noon.

    The supply is low and the need is great. For more information, call Jackie George at 873-3609.

    Cherrywood Breakfast

    The next Cherrywood breakfast will be Saturday, Jan. 17, from 8 to 9:15 a.m. Juice, fruit cup, French toast, sausage, coffee and tea is $3 per person.

  • Will retirement portfolio provide enough income?

    Your retirement lifestyle will depend not only on your assets and investment choices but also on how quickly you draw down your retirement portfolio. The annual percentage that you take out of your portfolio, whether from returns or the principal itself, is known as your withdrawal rate. Figuring out an appropriate withdrawal rate is a key issue in retirement planning and pre-sents many challenges.

  • Lockheed target of anti-war protest

    They came from all over to voice their stand on war. And, it wasn’t hard to hear message loud and clear.

    Members of groups from Marions for Peace, Veterans for Peace, the St. Augustine People for Peace and Justice and others, gathered outside of Lockheed Martin in Silver Springs Shores to protest the current war between Israel and Palestine. The demonstration was in conjunction with protests staged nationwide on Dec. 30, 2008.

  • Become an instrument of love

    Primitive tribes throughout the world have great reverence for the Earth and a deep connection to the Source of All Life. We, on the other hand, are so sophisticated that we have forgotten who we are.

    We’re so caught up with our ego-self and getting and spending; greed has consumed us and no one is ever satisfied. We criticize and judge and create disharmony within and around us. This impacts our immune system.