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Laziness is insidious. It creeps like a vine around our intentions and chokes the life out of our dreams. Its partner, procrastination, nudges us toward the humdrum, the comfortable, the status quo. As a result, we never grow. 

In my last column, Blessed are the Caregivers, a reader asked for tips to help her prepare in advance for the hard job of caregiving. Her question was answered by a seasoned group of caregivers, from a survey I conducted.

Next week, I will write about the behavior of Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Republican leaders in Tallahassee towards transgender people. It is political pandering designed to stoke fear and hate.

Amidst chaos and confusion, truth, peace, and justice are difficult to visualize let alone experience. It’s like screaming yet expecting silence. It’s like choosing anxiety over harmony. It’s like embracing fear instead of love.

Do you ever wonder why your thoughts seem to go in a circular fashion? Like they’re on a racetrack, speeding along the path, round and round and round?

If you are old enough – and nerdy enough – you may have watched the original “Star Trek” TV shows. The Starship Enterprise had a food replicator. Just tell the machine what you want to eat or drink. The Star Trek food replicator meal was ready in seconds, just as tasty as back on earth. Pure…

Anyone who has watched the news lately or noticed the headlines on news websites or social media accounts has certainly noticed that there is no shortage of crime in communities throughout this country these days.

Our thanks and admiration goes to Astatula for its participation in the America in Bloom awards program. Special thanks go to Mayor Mack and Graham Wells, City Clerk and all of their members, staff, participants, sponsors and volunteers for organizing remarkable tours and meetings on May 23 …

Editor’s note: David W. Burnsed, M.D., wrote these words seven months before he died of COVID-19 in April 2021.  He was a practicing surgeon in Leesburg for 46 years and continued to practice medicine at the time of his death, according to his wife, Nan. “Our nation has recently hit the mile…

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Salley Clare (Pagenkemper) Baumann was born October 22, 1946, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania to Arthur and Doris (Braun) Pagenkemper. Sallye Baumann died on December 7, 2021, at the age of 75 in Tavares, Florida.

Editor’s note: David Dunn-Rankin, who many readers know through his weekly column, is CEO of this newspaper’s parent company and the son of Betty Dunn-Rankin. The following originally ran in the Venice Gondolier. 

Loving caretaker and father, William Robert “Bob” Friedman, 78 of D’Iberville, MS, passed away on November 5th, 2021, in his home.

Frances “Patsy” Teuton, age 79, passed away September 22, 2021, at home with loved ones by her side. Ms. Teuton was born in Jacksonville, FL. on May 2, 1942, to Herbert & Gladys (Evans) Sumner.

Wilson Crandall May 6, 2021 Wilson Trafton Crandall, age 77, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at the Edgewater Health and Rehabilitation Center in the Waterman Village of Mount Dora, Florida from complications relating to Parkinson’s disease.

Richard (Rick) Russell Livingston passed away on the afternoon of November 18, 2020 in Anderson, South Carolina at 71 years of age. He was born in Lakeland, Florida on April 29, 1949 as the first born child of Nelda Forehand Livingston and Wiley Richard Livingston, Jr. He served in the Unite…

Millie Rue Romney Dunn age 100 of Mount Dora, Fl, formerly of New Smyrna Beach FL and Westwood, MA, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 joining her pre-deceased husband of 68 years James Owen Dunn Sr. She was born in Salt Lake City, UT on August 11, 1920. She graduated from the Univ…

Cameron Lee Cruz, age 43, passed away unexpectedly in Mount Dora, Florida on December 5, 2020. Cameron was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan at Blodgett Memorial Hospital. Cam was beloved at every school he was at, starting at Crestwood Elementary in Rockford, Michigan where he became fast frie…

Raymond “Ray” Ordell Halverson (1934-2020) went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 22, 2020 at the age of 85 after a short but rough battle with cancer. The funeral service will be held at Trinity Evangelical Free Church, 890 Abrams Road, Eustis, Florida at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28. It will al…