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  • Hippocrites (460 B.C. to 370 B.C.) regarded by many as the father of modern medicine, said, “Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.”

    A modern scientist, Dr. Barry Sears, makes a more powerful statement. He says, “Food may be the most powerful drug you will ever take.”

    Remember: nutritional supplements are food. And Dr. Sears’ statement refers to all components of our food supply. (Dr. Sears should refer to food as medicine, not as a drug. Nevertheless, he makes his point.)

  • Ann Rule is at the top of her form in this latest true crime venture about double murders carried out 14 years apart by a respected dentist, Bart Corbin. I have been a Rule fan for years, but what makes this book different is that she’s avoided using every bit of her laborious research, which often burdens the reader with more detail than needed or wanted.

    No indeed, this time she moves fast to her conclusion with a page-turner you can read in a single afternoon.

  • There are all kinds of studies done by people who have nothing more important in the world to do. It is amazing how they come up with these various topics and studies. There must be somebody, somewhere, being paid to come up with the most ridiculous studies they can think up.

    Normally I do not pay much attention to these studies. I have more important things to do ee like living. However, one caught my attention right away. The title of the study was, “Women Live on Average Four Years Longer than Men.”

  • In Part I we reviewed some exceptions that allow early distributions from a traditional IRA without incurring the 10 percent income tax penalty. This article will cover other important information about traditional IRAs.

    Should you take distributions from your traditional IRA before age 59? You are allowed to take distributions from your traditional IRA whenever you like in any amount you choose.

  • Summer is a fun season, but there are numerous pitfalls and potential hazards for your pet. This article is geared to make you aware of them so you and your pet can avoid summer mishaps.

    Last month we went over the things you need to know about traveling with your pet, so now we’ll cover many of the everyday things you need to consider.

    First, and foremost, is the heat. It’s best to keep your animal indoors in air conditioning, if possible, during the hottest part of the day. If that is not possible, you must provide plenty of shade and water.

  • A fine exhibit of replica tanks and trucks, planes and racecars by members of the International Plastic Modelers Society (IPMS) is on display this month. You can almost hear the rumble of the little motorcycles by Carol Caputo and Paul White.

    And how about the Super Modified asphalt racer? This little gem was completely rebuilt by Mark Box from a 50-cent garage sale find.

    If you have an interest in joining the model-making group or would like more information, call Joe Caputo at 629-7929 or Tony Ivone at 237-6259.

    Seminar Tonight

  • We readers like our favorite authors to stick to what they do best – like John Grisham’s legal thrillers. But authors have a way of wanting to try something different. I picked up Jane Smiley’s attempt at satire in a book set in a Midwestern agrarian university fondly called Moo U.

  • Father’s Day is Sunday. Almost 100 years have elapsed since the first father’s Day was celebrated. In the early 1900s fathers didn’t have it nearly as good as fathers of today; but they did have a few advantages.

    Back then, if a father put a roof over his family’s head, he was a success. Today, it takes a roof, deck, pool, and three-car garage.

    Back then, fathers could count on children to join the family business. Today fathers hope their kids will soon come home from college long enough to teach them how to work the computer and set the VCR.

  • The great biochemist, Dr. Roger J. Williams, assures us:

    Each person has a distinctive brain.

    There never was anyone like you.

    There will never be another.

    Ref. (The Wonderful World Within You, Bio-Communications Press / June 1987.)

    Your brain and thought patterns are totally yours. No other brain has the same cellular structure or arrangement of neurons. Your brain function and talents are unique.

  • This week’s business spotlight is on Glady’s Cleaning Service, residential and commercial.

    Q. How long has your business been in operation?

    A. Ten years.

    Q. What date do you consider your business anniversary?

    A. March 1998.

    Q. What is a typical day like at your business?

    A. Scheduling of accounts to offer the best service; supplies are checked and ordered.

    Q. What do customers like best about your business?

    A. The personal customized service – we treat our customers like family.

  • Today is National Bike to Work Day. Celebrate by getting out your bicycle and riding it to work – or someplace. By continuing this every day you will be in great physical shape and save a bundle of gasoline money at the same time.

    Bicycle stories and thoughts about gasoline permeate today’s Pun Alley.

    Up and Down

    Panting and perspiring, two blondes on a tandem bicycle at last got to the top of a hill. “That was a steep climb,” said the first blonde.

  • She was born on May 14, 1948 and her birth was anxiously awaited for 2,000 years. The official announcement was made by David ben Gurion. In a tableau reminiscent of the famous John Trumbull painting depicting the signing of the American Declaration of Independence, David ben Gurion, standing beneath a picture of the father of Zionism, Theodor Herzl, announced to the world that the Jewish people have a land of their own.

  • I am often asked about telephone solicitations from various “charities.” Some charities claim to support various groups such as “fallen police widows” or “firefighter’s widows.”

    People want to help but how can you be sure the charity is legitimate? I found some tips from the National Consumers League that might help.

    If you are approached by an unfamiliar charity check it out. Most states require charities to register with the Better Business Bureau and require reports on their fundraising efforts and how that money is used.

  • Freedom Public Library’s “Read on the Green” festival in Liberty Community Park was as much fun as it was successful. The day began with Marion County Park Ranger Harold Ernsberger, and his crew of three, directing festival workers over the newly-laid and very loose rock in the parking lot. They did a fine job, losing no vehicles to the shifting, undulating undertow.

  • One of the great joys the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly indulge in is attending our grandchildren’s softball games. The downside to all of this is being forced to watch other grandparent’s grandchildren play. Not to say they are not good, however, they do not quite measure up to our grandchildren. It is not their fault. After all, children cannot pick their grandparents.

  • In 1737, Irish immigrants began observing St. Patrick’s Day in Boston and held the first parade in New York City in 1766. Now, the tradition continues with almost everybody wearing green, being honorary Irish, and eating corned beef and cabbage.

    In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, on this coming Monday, Pun Alley is decked out in green and will have some Irish fun.

    Taken to the Cleaners

    Patrick O’Reilly was lucky. Since the day he had found a four-leaf clover, everything good seemed to come his way.

  • Have you gone shopping for CDs and DVDs and viewed all sorts of formats? The question is which one to buy.

    First, let me talk about CD RW and DVD RW. These allow you to read, write, erase, and write again. This sounds great, but there is a problem since they do not act like an external or jump drive.

  • The Jewish holiday of Purim (which occurs this year on March 21) celebrates the Jews’ deliverance from the hands of the wicked Haman in ancient Persia. It is customary to masquerade, poke fun, write satire and have a good time. In honor of the holiday, I offer the following.

    In the news:

    A herd of Texas longhorns escaped from a ranch into the woods along Route 44 in Hernando. When asked about the incident, the owner, James Maverick, explained it was all a big miss-steak.

  • March is Pet Nutrition Month so let’s explore what your pet needs to thrive. Wild animals manage to survive on what they find to eat but their life span is far shorter than our domestic pets.

    Today’s manufactured pet foods are carefully formulated to keep all of our pets’ biological systems functioning well at all times, but there are so many choices that it can get confusing. What about home cooking? Should you supplement with vitamins?

  • An item on the evening news pointed out a growing problem with many people, which they called sleep deprivation. I never heard of this before and until recently, I was never interested in this subject. Now, I find I am part of a big company.

    Whoever said misery loves company has never suffered from sleep deprivation. It does not comfort me in the least to know that other people have the same difficulty going to sleep at night. What would comfort me is a good night’s sleep.