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Columns

  • Sikorski's Attic 5/31/2015: Russian religious icon was work of noted painter

    Dear John: The original painting shown in the attached picture was purchased in 1993 by me directly from the Russian artist, Vladimir Gorsky, 1953-2008. Since I was personally acquainted with him, he also signed the back of the piece to me. A picture of that signature is also included, along with the Certificate of Authenticity I obtained a few years ago while traveling through Dallas.

  • Jane's Garden 5/31/15: Aloe a useful succulent for Florida

    Historically, April and May are dry months in Florida. Local water restrictions limit outdoor irrigation to once or twice a week, depending on the county and level of the aquifer.

  • Time Will Tell 5/31/2015: New tricks and the double whammy

    Gypsy’s two cents: I so look forward to my daily walks as people recognize me and ask for paw prints. On a recent walk, my dad took me off road into a ditch. I wish people would mow more often, as the long grass tickles and with short nails, there is no traction control.

  • Seniors Vs. Crime 5/25/15: ‘Grandparent scam’ plays on love of family

    I, along with one of my staff members, had the privilege last week of speaking before a group called LIFT. LIFT stands for “Living Information For Today,” and they are a group associated with Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. The members of this organization have all lost loved ones, so they join together for support and friendship. I have to admit their zest for life and enjoying what life has to give was inspiring. 

  • You can lead a horse to water, but ...

    My memory is not what it was a few years back, but does anyone ever remember 75 percent of Florida’s voters agreeing on anything. And yet they did on Amendment 1.

  • Reflecting on Memorial Day

    As Memorial Day approaches, please join me in pausing to honor family members and neighbors who sacrificed as members of our U.S. Armed Forces.

    Whether our veterans survived their military service, or were lost on the field of battle, our country owes each of them, and their families, a debt of gratitude.

  • Good advice: Stop being a dope

    This is the time of graduation and all sorts of very famous people are giving speeches and offering graduates words of wisdom.

    Hilary Clinton one day, Mitt Romney the next and Mrs. Obama the day after that. Smart, accomplished people saying smart and accomplished things to the graduates of 2015.

    I wish I could remember who spoke at my college graduation, but I can’t. I do remember the one impactful thing a college professor told me right before I graduated.

  • Two perilous professions in Honduras

    Since July, 10 journalists have been murdered in Honduras.

    Since 2003, the death toll for Hondurans working in media and communications stands at 55 according to La Prensa, the nation’s leading daily newspaper.

  • It doesn’t matter if I’m wrong, I’m the customer

    Remember the old adage, “The customer is always right?”

  • If the world were flat, would ...

    It was one of those days when the sun was too hot to work outside and all the daily work inside was done. I was rather bored so I said to my husband, “There is something about a bar. I don’t know if it is the lighting, the smell of stale peanuts, or the people who frequent a bar, but there is something about a bar that brings out the most interesting conversations. I have an uncontrollable urge to sit on a bar stool and talk to a complete stranger about some deep-thinking subjects.”