• If you missed the first three art shows at the library, you can still catch the last one. Tuesday, Oct. 27, features the Freedom Writers Group of Florida Writers Association, and Creative Memories Scrapbookers.

    Several of the Writers Group authors will have their books on display while others will be on hand to sign books and personally discuss their projects. Fill out a door prize ticket and drop it in the writer’s box. You could win one of their books.

  • A while back one Pun Alley reader mentioned to me that I should be arrested for some of the puns I put in the column. That got me thinking about police and their arresting behavior.

    They arrested the hockshop owner for indecency. He was selling pawnographic materials.

    A policeman was arrested when they discovered he was a cannibal and was grilling his suspects.

  • Bev Bewley is a very special person in our community. Through her volunteer work in Palm Cay, she makes a difference for many people. The best way to meet Bev is through her own words. When asked what her volunteer jobs are, she said: “If you need a prayer to be said to help you through a tough time in your life, give me a call. I feel that prayer is the best solution to so many of our problems, whatever they may be. See “In Your Prayers” in the monthly Palm Cay Sun. I also send greeting cards from the Palm Cay community to our neighbors as the need arises.

  • Tales of bosses as we honor their day

    Today is National Boss Day, a day when employees can honor their bosses with a greeting card, gift, or some other token of appreciation. It can be a fun day for both bosses and employees. Our travel down Pun Alley shows that the rest of the year can be vastly different.

    What gave you that idea?

    The boss and his wife attended a National Boss Day party thrown by the employees, where he may have had one or two more than he should have had.

  • Sometimes finding a job through the traditional paths just doesn’t work out, especially during a recession.

    For years, Joni Love McMahan, 48, worked at home marketing health care benefits but her business dwindled as the economy went into a downward slide. Hearing stories from her many contacts, she knew others were feeling the crunch, too.

    Many of the stories she heard came from women; women who had worked for years in the same job but then were laid off. Many are older workers.

  • Critical decisions, such as buying a home, getting married or having children, require deliberate, thoughtful consideration. Indeed, the outcome of any one of these decisions can irrevocably change your life for better or worse. But, delaying the purchase of life insurance can be a costly mistake for you and your loved ones. Waiting just a few years can have a negative impact on several key areas of a life insurance policy.

    Whole Life Insurance: Financial Protection Plus Cash Value Accumulation

  • The Boer War began in South Africa on tomorrow’s date in 1899. Today, Pun Alley starts its own bore war for fun, beginning with some boring stories.

    The banker was bored because he lost interest in everything.

    There are some people who not only keep you from being lonely, but also make you wish you were.

    Readers who are don’t like Pun Alley humor can be enrolled in our Witless Protection Program.

    Some people can stay longer in an hour than others can in a week.

  • The Friends of Freedom Public Library invite you to celebrate Art in the Library. Each Tuesday in October from 3 to 7 p.m. several groups who meet at the library will display their creations for all to enjoy.

    Oct. 13 - Artist Club of Oak Run.

    Oct. 20 - The OTOW ShutterBugs Photograph Club.

    and Ocala Decorative Artists.

    Oct. 27 - Freedom Writers Group of Florida Writers Association and Creative Memories Scrapbookers.

    You won’t want to miss this fine art display in its many varied forms.

    Friends say “Thank You”

  • There are so many activities popping up for the fall schedule. The cooler weather has been a delight after a long, hot summer. Halloween parties are being planned everywhere.

    Feature of this week

  • I am a breast cancer survivor. My story began last June when I was diagnosed with DCIS, ductal carcinoma in situ. Because the cancer was found in two sections of my breast it was necessary for me to have a mastectomy. I elected to have reconstruction surgery because I felt it was the best option for me and because I wanted to feel whole again. The following is my story of moving on, how I was able to cope with the diagnosis and aftermath and the journey I took on the road to reconstruction.

  • Hikers on an interpretive hike from the Land Bridge Trailhead learned about different oak trees, heard the songs of different birds, took a whiff of several leaves, saw footprints in the sand and traffic on I-75.

    The footprints were left by a bobcat, said Jim Buckner, a naturalist and leader of the hike organized by staff of the Marion County Parks and Recreation.

    On a recent kayak trip along the Ocklawaha River, paddlers at the front of the group saw a bobcat standing on the bank of the river, said Terry Rou, also with county parks and recreation.

  • Sukkot is one of the most joyous of Jewish holidays. Celebrated five days after Yom Kippur, the festival commemorates the Israelites’ dwelling in little booths or huts (sukkot) during their 40-year wanderings in the desert. It is a Biblically- mandated holiday and in ancient days was one of the three pilgrimage festivals when our ancestors would travel to Jerusalem to make special sacrifices at the Holy Temple. It is also the holiday of the harvest and is the inspiration for our American celebration of Thanksgiving.

  • Legalized gambling has been increasing all over the country. Even though there are opulent casinos in many states, Las Vegas remains the internationally known major resort for gambling and entertainment.

    Belying the expression “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” Pun Alley takes us down the path to some stories from Vegas.


    Betty was having a bad day at the roulette table. Down to her last $50, she exclaimed, “What rotten luck! What in the world should I do now?”

  • The Friends’ three-day fall book sale runs through Saturday, Sept. 26. If you haven’t yet gone, there are plenty of bargains available and, of course, special offers on both Friday and Saturday.

    While you’re there, pick up a Friends application and become a member who actively supports our Freedom Public Library. Forms will be available at the sale and inside the library.

    Ryan Bailey personal appearance

    at Open House for the Disabled

  • Some jobs carry with them a lot of prestige, glamour and worldwide recognition. A few people, however, are not too interested in those sorts of things. We do not care who knows what we do, as long as we know what we are doing and why we are doing it, which is all right with us.

    Our entire country honors the military forces; we should, for the fine job they do protecting our country. In just about every community, emergency personnel are honored for the wonderful job they do in keeping our homes safe.

  • Thank you to the veterans who came to our last meeting to see what we were all about. We hope you now have a better understanding of who we are and what we are trying to do for our veterans.

  • While waiting in the express lane at the grocery store I became rather upset when I noticed the woman ahead of me had a cart piled high with groceries. As the cashier beckoned her to come forward and looked into the cart, she asked sweetly, “So which ten items would you like to buy?” Sometimes, there is justice.

    When I got to checkout the cashier mentioned to me some of the interesting things that happen to them every day, all of which are worthy of Pun Alley.

    Wide eyes


    The Life of Lucie de la Tour du Pin, Witness to an Era

    By Caroline Moorhead

  • New Beginnings Rosh Hashanah message 2009

    The Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashanah, is a time of new beginnings. As it has been since Biblical times, it is a time set aside to take stock of oneself and to think over the events of the previous year.

  • Traditionally, the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is a time of new beginnings. For Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala, this year is an especially auspicious one for the newly formed congregation as it conducted its first Rosh Hashanah service starting on Friday, Sept. 18, Rosh Hashanah Eve, and continuing on Sept. 19, Rosh Hashanah day.

    For the first time in 35 years, a new congregation has been formed expressly for the purpose of serving the needs of the Jewish community of Southwest Marion County and environs.