• When the motorcade carrying Democratic Presidential candidate Josh Hamilton and his Vice-President is ambushed, terrorists are the assumed culprits even though Hamilton had been trailing the Republicans badly and was not expected to win.

    On the day of the incident, Secret Service agent Maria Rivera is on the job and scanning the crowds for anyone suspicious.

  • Adrienne Schneeweiss of Spruce Creek Preserve has read over 7000 books including popular fiction, mysteries, autobiographies, and historicals. When Adrienne attended the Friends spring book sale to replenish her supply, she brought along the list of books she has read and discussed it with library supervisor, Heather Ogilvie. The list is alphabetical both by title and by author. It’s now so large that she keeps a printed copy in a notebook that she carries with her. The master list is on her computer database for easy updating.

  •  Robert Redford made talking to horses an acceptable practice in the Oscar-nominated film, “The Horse Whisperer.” In fact, bona fide horse whisperers have been around for eons, taming even the wildest stallions.

    Today, TV’s popular dog whisperer, Cesar Millan, of the “Animal Planet” channel, helps families learn to correct bad pet behavior by proper communication. Using his advice, Hospice massage therapist Paige Cushman has picked up numerous tips on how to work with pets.

  • Otto Zimmerman, 57, of Southeast Marion County died – but then lived to tell a tale of survival. About 8 p.m. on March 16, crushing pain radiated across Zimmerman’s chest and up his left arm. He became cold, clammy and short of breath. While most people would dismiss these symptoms as heartburn, Zimmerman’s wife, Barbara took her husband’s condition seriously and immediately called 9-1-1. Her call for help and the events that followed changed the Zimmerman family forever.

  • Investment planning during retirement is not the same as investing for retirement and, in many ways, is more complicated. Your working years are your saving years. Typically, a worker’s main source of income is from wages. Wage earners experience some protection against inflation by receiving a raise in pay periodically. Their retirement objective is to grow retirement savings as much as possible. To that end, and because they have time to recover from losses, workers are able to put some money in higher risk investments.

  • On April 3rd in 1860, the first pony express in the United States started. The relay mail service operated between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California, a distance of nearly 2,000 miles.

    Stations where the riders changed horses were roughly 10 miles apart. After a rider had covered about 75 to 100 miles, the mail was turned over to another rider; this continued until the destination was reached.

  • Make plans to attend the Safety Fair on May 2 at the McPherson government complex at the intersection of S.E. 25th Ave. and Ft. King.

    It is the first annual Safety Fair sponsored by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Foundation.

    The event will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

    Come learn about various safety topics to include: boating safety, pool safety, car seat safety, home security safety and much more. We will also offer kinder prints and clowns providing face painting for the kids of all ages.

  • Offering a variety of educational opportunities is one of the goals for those coordinating the classes in the Master the Possibilities classrooms.

    In the latest catalog, April – June, 60 percent of the programs are offered for the first time, said Dan Dowd, the man in charge of finding interesting new classes as the director of education for the On Top of the World communities.

    Dowd is up to the challenge.

  • As far as I am concerned, traveling is a necessary evil. I suppose if I am going to choose some evil, traveling is as good an evil as anything is. Although I would much rather stay home and get my work done, I need to do some traveling.

    My favorite mode of traveling is the airplane. I just get to my seat, buckle up and let somebody else do the driving ... or the flying as the case may be. I do not have to worry about the route or making some wrong turn. Everything is done for me.

  • The world has seen the pictures. 

    Juden Verboten signs in shop windows and in parks, public humiliation of Jewish citizens in the streets of European cities and towns, descecration of synagogues and Jewish institutions.

    The world has seen the pictures.

    “The Final Solution.”  Jews rounded up and forced into cattle cars for a trip into oblivion, the labor and extermination camps, the emaciated prisoners of the camps, more skeleton than human. 

    The world has seen the pictures. 

  • True crime maven Ann Rule digs into her files for this 2008 collection of under-publicized murders involving vulnerable women and sociopaths. Kate Jewell, an attractive thirty- something flight attendant, was not looking for Mr. Right but thought she stumbled on him serendipity. A vibrantly healthy woman, she was feeling unaccountably sluggish when she checked herself into Bayview Medical Group and met John Brandon, a naturopathic doctor.

  • From the first hint of a developing identity-theft crisis to full-blooming chaos, T. C. Boyle’s novel Talk Talk will have you on the edge of your seat or biting your nails. It’s not quite a thriller but more of a fast-moving detective story within an emotional melodrama.

  • One of a series

    If you think Ocala and Marion County has become all about shopping malls, sprawling development and inconsiderate drivers, take a break to learn what life was like in Marion County from the 1700s on into the 1950s by visiting the Marion County Museum of History at the McPherson Government Complex.

    Early history, as well as more recent Florida history, is well-documented with a variety of displays.

  • It’s often been said that death and taxes are both certain. However, death isn’t annual. That national day of reckoning comes again next Wednesday when your income tax is due. Even if you still have to do your tax return, stop and take a trip down Pun Alley. It may be the only chance you get to have a laugh before April 15.


    “Who can tell me what caused the American Revolution to break out?” the teacher asked her history class.

    “Taxation,” replied a student.

  • Investment planning can be important for several reasons. However, any discussion of investment planning is incomplete without a thorough understanding of the applicable income tax ramifications. Tax planning can help you reduce the cost of your investments. Once you’ve created an investment plan to work toward your various financial goals, you should take advantage of the tax rules to ensure that you maximize after-tax return. In other words, your goal is to select tax-favorable investments that are consistent with your overall investment plans.

  • Last week I was going along just fine. Things were being accomplished and I was rather enjoying myself. Dutifully, I was checking off item after item on my “to-do-list.” I love it when a plan comes together. Just at the height of my exuberance, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage stopped me dead in my tracks with a question.

    She is quite famous, or is it infamous, for pulling these kinds of things on Yours Truly. She has a question for just about every event. Most of her questions are beyond answering, at least for me.

  • A private award ceremony was held at the library on Tuesday, April 7, surprising Jonathan Nardino of Majestic Oaks with a Certificate of Excellence, a button-pin, and a Best Buy gift certificate.

    Queen Heather of Freedom Public Library graciously dubbed the young man Sir Jonathan Nardino. “For his dramatic representation of literature and television personality, Curious George,” saith the Queen, “we, the Staff and Administration . . . do hereby award this Certificate of Excellence . . . naming Sir Jonathan our Performer in Residence.”

  • Feeling the impact of the economy and want to do something to feel better? Imagine what it is like for an elderly shut-in person who lives alone? Often, the simple act of receiving a healthy, nutritious meal can have a huge, positive impact both emotionally and physically for these individuals. For many clients, this is the only daily contact that they will receive. Meals on Wheels Meal delivery takes so little time — as little as one to 1-1/2 hours a day and the end result is that everyone feels better!

  • Shalom Park Yoga begins on Saturday, May 2 at 9 a.m. We will meet on the first Saturday of each month up to and including November. Join us for this sacred practice in the beauty of the Peace Park, located 2½ miles north of S.R. 200 on S.W. 80th Avenue. Bring your curiosity to explore and find balance in body, mind and spirit.

  • As may be expected, Easter is one of my favorite holidays. Although I prefer to call it Resurrection Sunday, I am not easily offended by words. Remember the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break your bones but words will never hurt you.”

    It is amazing to me how some people get all bent out of shape when it comes to words. I think it is impossible to keep up with the political correctness that some people insist upon. I have never known a single day or an hour in which I have wanted to be politically correct about anything.