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  • Yield is a flexible term. One of the most important things to know when you’re considering a bond investment is its yield. However, there are several ways to measure a bond’s yield, and some are more useful than others for understanding a bond’s true value.

    When someone tells you a bond yields, say 5 percent, you should make sure you know exactly what they’re referring to.

  • Some people might call me a skeptic. Maybe I am but I am in agreement with good old Benjamin Franklin, who reputedly said, “Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.” This philosophy was probably a result of inventing bifocals.

    My personal history has shown that every time I get my hopes up they are soundly dashed to the ground in disappointment. I often refer to myself as an optimistic-pessimist; I know for sure things are going to go wrong. And, I am rarely disappointed.

  • Most people know that hospitals, universities, and schools are accredited. In fact accredited organizations are usually sought out for enrollment and services. But did you know that law enforcement agencies are also accredited?

    I reported and some of you were involved in our recent journey to achieve the Sterling Award. We are the first stand-alone police agency to achieve this award in the state of Florida and we are very proud.

  • They are characterized by their distinct mode of dress and ultra-conservative approach to Judaism. They are often the brunt of prejudice and scorn but their influence extends even to pop culture. They are the Hasidim and their story is a fascinating one.

    Hasidism (from the Hebrew word meaning “pious ones”) was born in the late 1700s. It was founded in Poland by Israel ben Eliezar, more commonly known as the Baal Shem Tov or Master of the Good Name.

  • Paul Harvey, the radio icon, is quoted as saying, “In times like these, it’s helpful to remember that there have always been times like these.”

    Who doesn’t want to forget 2008? By all measures, it was a really rotten year for the economy, credit markets and the stock market.

  • On this day in 1920, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages, went into effect. During Prohibition the manufacture, transportation, import, export, and sale of alcoholic beverages were restricted or illegal.

  • An incident happened this past week in which I am still scratching my head. Have you ever known you had something but for the life of you could not find it? I will accede to the fact that occasionally, I do have a streak of absentmindedness running through me. At times, I wish it would just walk.

    I was fairly certain I had an extra $20 in one of my pants’ pockets. It was what I affectionately refer to as my "mad money." My wife would be mad if she knew I had it. I do not remember where it came from but my real problem was, I could not find those pants.

  • The timing of this book is remarkable in that it concerns a 25-year-old man who is fat, broke, and in debt after a decade of binging – bringing to mind unregulated financial binging that has Americans today reeling in shock.

    Sam MacDonald’s memoir is clear about the motivation for his drastic changes. It comes not from a sense of shame but rather from a threatening IRS letter and a bad transmission he couldn’t afford to fix.

  • Members of the Ocala Big Sun Chorus are off to a brand “New Year” with much to look forward to and so much to be grateful for.

    Stella and Peter (that’s me) Musella are happy to be home in sunny Ocala after “dashing through the snow” and slush – in four-part harmony – celebrating Christmas with our children and grandchildren (9). We even tolerated the gloomy cold weather in New York, New Jersey, Long Island, and Brooklyn to be with family during the Christmas holidays.

  • 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?"

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The marathon holiday season starts with getting stuffed at Thanksgiving, continues with buying presents and decorating which culminates with Christmas, then ends with the New Year’s celebration. With the holidays now over, our waistlines are bulging, not our wallets, and our lives have returned to “normal.”

    Pleasant memories linger on of parties, celebrations, and attending church or temple. By now we have returned those gifts that don’t fit or are the wrong color and have stored the things we will “re-gift.”

  • Did you get a new puppy for Christmas? Is it a little daunting to try to think of all the things that you need to do for your new pet? Well here is a short list that will go a long way toward keeping your little one healthy and happy.

  • Friends of Freedom Public Library invite Corridor residents to the annual meeting Saturday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. in the library meeting room, because we are going to have a fashion show.

    The immediate business, voting in the new officers, will be attended to first as required in the by-laws. Candidates will be presented to the membership: Patricia (Pat) Babski, president; Kermit Clark, vice president; Joan Richards, secretary; Janet Wise, treasurer. After nominations are heard and accepted from the floor, voting will proceed.

  • Here it is, another New Year, and for most of us we are glad the old one has passed into history. Gone is the craziness of the holiday season and its excesses. We are left with the stark reality of the times and how we will  manage our lives in the coming year.

    In the Jewish tradition the whole celebration of a New Year is completely different from the secular one. There is no kissing of strangers at midnight or the wearing of funny hats. Nobody gets so drunk as to need designated drivers and nobody has hangovers the next day.

  • Bob Waite rhymes with stained glass. Well, of course it doesn’t, but 50 years ago Bob Waite did discover stained glass making in his first and only class during an adult education program at Canton, in way, way Upstate New York. From then on he just read a lot of books, corrected a lot of mistakes and bandaged a lot of cut fingers.

    Ironically Bob wound up teaching stained glass at the Brasher Falls, N.Y. high school some years later.

  • There was a delightful response to my Sadie column. Even Sadie remarked, “Did I do all those things?” God love her. Thanks so much to all who called and e-mailed such nice compliments.

    The featured group in this column is the Billiard Boys. They have been very patient, especially because their picture was taken weeks ago.

    The “boys” have an 8-ball bunch, who play from 2:30 to 5 p.m. This is “open billiards” and is played Monday through Friday. Residents and non-residents are welcome but no one under the age of 18.

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