• In the summer taking a cruise ship to the Bahamas or other hot destinations is a lot cheaper than in the winter. In addition, you are more likely to run into unexpected adventures such as a hurricane or a spreading oil sheen. Pun Alley leaves the pavement and takes to the seas today.

    Deferred ruling

  • “Bingo and Dogs” is the theme (hot dogs that is, served with all the fixings, plus soda and iced tea). Members of the Canine Club and guests are invited to attend this night of fun on Thursday, July 22, at the Island Club at 6 p.m. Admission will be $1 for members and $2 for guests. Bingo cards will be 10 cents each, plus there will be a 50/50 drawing. RSVP to Marsha at 352-237-1342 or Elsa at 352-291-2458 by this evening, Friday, July 16.

    Blood pressure clinic

  • Hospice of Marion County Thrift Stores have partnered with Interfaith Emergency Services to


  • The last Saturday in June found several dozen resident lads and lassies born during June or July being feted at our S&R Committee’s monthly birthday bash before redecoration shuts down the Lifestyle Center for two months. This committee keeps coming up with unique and wonderful entertainment for these monthly birthday parties and this natal day celebration was no exception. Everyone enjoyed the songs and services of Singing Waiters extraordinaire; Bob Fink, Gordon Herrick, Bob McGrath, Charlie Mock, Karl Petersen, Jim Pohlers, Les Rowe and Bob West.

  • Recently when I had to have my eyes examined I found an optometrist right on Pun Alley. The sign in the window read, “if you don’t see what you want, you’ve come to the right place.” I went in and heard plenty before the doctor got me to see better. If you can see, read it all now.

    What a sight

    A woman walked into the store to return a pair of eyeglasses that she had purchased for her husband a week before. “What seems to be the problem, madam?”

  • Just down the road a piece, Preservist Teri Parker submitted the following for inclusion in this week’s Preserve column, concerning a Preservist remembered through a memorial scholarship:

    During a recent church service, the widow of Harvey Washington was recognized for the establishment of a financial assistance scholarship to church members who are enrolled in college.

  • There will be more than just donuts, coffee, tea and orange juice tomorrow, Saturday, July 10, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Orchid Club. The Photography Club will display the winning photos from their year-end competition and the library will be having a book sale (beginning at 8:30 a.m.) There will be hundreds of VHS tapes and DVD's at great prices. The proceeds fund the library. Let's keep the Fourth of July spirit going by wearing our red, white and blue one more time.

    Showcase of Stars

  • 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.