Happy anniversary to the Schleys!
March is always a special month in the Schley Household.
First, most of the cold weather has departed by then, but the temperatures are still mild enough for all of us to be able to enjoy outdoor events. And then, there is... uhh... something else, too. Can’t quite put my finger on it right now, but I’m sure it’ll come to me... let’s see... March — Oh, yes! Now I remember: March is the month I got out of the Army — an event I had been anticipating for, like, forever, it seemed at the time.
But then, there was something else that month, too... if only I could remember. No family birthdays in March, no anniv— waitaminnit, that’s it! Anniversary! And it’s tomorrow! Wow, I’m glad I remembered it in time.
Tomorrow will be the 54th anniversary of the day Dearly Beloved and I said our wedding vows to each other. Fifty-four years!
That’s the day DB and I stood before Lt. Col. Paul Hopkins, an Army chaplain, and repeated our pledges to each other at Forest Glen in Maryland. Forest Glen was an auxiliary campus to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, which was just a few miles away in Washington, D.C. on Georgia Avenue.
In one way, that seems like such a long time ago. But in another, it seems like just last year maybe. Lots of water has flowed over Niagara Falls since that magical day, one of the best days of my entire life.
So Happy Anniversary, Dearly Beloved. I hope you’ll keep me around for a few more years. It’s been a blast... and I love you more now than ever before — and more than mere words could ever say!
ART WALK: Tomorrow is the First Friday Art Walk at Ocala’s Downtown Square. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and features artists, entertainment, display booths and lots of interesting subjects, diverse enough that almost anyone will be able to find something of interest there.
There are lots of good places all around the area where you can stop in for a bite to eat or something to drink. If you haven’t been to one of these, here’s your PERFECT opportunity to do so! Also why not stop at the Ocala Calligraphy Guild’s booth and see what magic can happen with just a pen, a sheet of paper and a little bit of talent... a talent YOU can learn, too, if you like. Ask at the booth about lessons, maybe even a membership.
SATURDAY SALE: I’m told by reliable authority, and that would be Patti Griffiths, that tremendous bargains and treasures will be offered at the Friends of the Forest Public Library White Elephant Sale on March 7 from 8 a.m.-noon, indoors at the Sandhill Park Community Center on S. County Road 314A. All proceeds from this popular event support the Forest Public Library programs and special events.
TAX MATTERS: Reader James Lee wrote: “My wife and I enjoyed your tongue-in-cheek reply to Bob Paterniti's complaint regarding paying capital gains taxes on IRA withdrawals. However, I would like to give a more serious and helpful response. My wife has an IRA and, because of her age, must take a minimum required distribution (MRD). Up until now we have treated it as income for tax purposes. However, recently we discovered that we can avoid paying taxes on it if she donates it to a 501(c)3 charity including most churches. It must go directly from the IRA account to the charity.
“Since we already give to church and charities, it would simply change the way we give and would save us some money in the process. Since under the new tax code some people have found it more difficult to itemize deductions and, as a result, have cut back on their giving, then giving part or all of their IRA to a charity would enable them to keep on giving and save money as well.”
Scott Ewing, Dunnellon, wrote: “You should tell Mr. Paterniti that when you withdraw the money from a regular IRA (not Roth), both the initial investment and the gains it earned are taxed at your income tax rate in the year you withdraw it. Not the capital gains rate.”
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