DATELINE January 4, 2016
ZINGER BOOK REVIEW OF PAGE SMITH’S “NEW BOOK”. I like the L.A. Times much more than the San Francisco Chronicle and read it daily when I’m in that area. I was surprised to read in the Book Review section of the Sunday, Dec.27 issue written by David Treuer that there are 2 “fresh” (ie newly released) books on American Indian history. “Masters of Empire” by Michael A. McDonnell and a big surprise, ” Tragic Encounters: The People’s History of Native Americans” by Page Smith. It was discovered and published posthumously by Counterpoint Press. (He died in 1995). Treuer says “Tragic Encounters” occupies an unusual place in his oeuvre, but it bears his typical style”.He goes on to say there are problems with Page’s framing and language, generalizations, it lacks research, and he didn’t like Page’s use of the word “Squaw”. He then goes on to say that the other book “Masters” by Michael McDonnell is a work of genius. Here’s a link to a Chicago Tribune copy of the same review
http://www.chicagotribune.com/la-ca-jc-native-american-histories-20151227-story.html . I hadn’t read a word or even heard about this “new’ book and I also didn’t know that Page’s first name was Charles.
|STAR WARS MISTAKES.
|MONKEY SEES A MAGIC TRICK.
|BLIND ALGERIAN MAN AND HIS UNIQUE GUITAR.
|BLOOPERS, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.
STAR WARS STINKS & MORE. I was actually stunned when I left the theatre after viewing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. My sister and friends asked what I thought about the film, I couldn’t even think about it as I would have with any other film I’ve reviewed in the last 40 plus years. Then I read Michael Hiltzik’s business column in the 12/30/15 edition of the L.A. Times. Michael’s new book is titled Big Science. His column is titled, “Why Star Wars Stinks”. In it he tells how the film is unimaginative, dull in long stretches, and is a poor copy of the original 1977 Star Wars. He says, and I agree, that it’s not a movie; “It’s the anchoring element of a vast commercial program”. He goes on to say that this film will bring in nearly 5 Billion dollars and that because of the related product sales it wouldn’t matter if NO ONE SAW the film, it still would make those profits. The plot is obscure, the art work is wonderful, and it’s cold, impersonal, and dull. That’s why I asked Doug Esterline to give us his opinions.
DOUG ESTERLINE ON STAR WARS. I’ve known Doug Esterline for many years. He oversees the second longest airplane runway in North America, and deals with private and commercial airlines from all over the world. To put it mildly, he’s a Star Wars fan, enthusiast, follower and expert. He has seen the first six episodes of Star Wars “hundreds of times”. He too was not very excited about this latest “Episode”. In case you too haven’t memorized the titles and the years the Episodes were filmed, here’s a guide…
- Episode 4 A New Hope. (the first in 1977)
- Episode 5 The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
- Episode 6 Return of The Jedi (1983)
- Episode 1 The Phantom Menace (1999)
- Episode 2 Attack of the Clones (2002)
- Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith (2005)
- Episode 7 The Force Awakens (2015)
I asked Doug for a critique/review. He wrote…
First of all, I am a HUGE Star Wars fan. I grew up watching what we now know as Episodes 4, 5, and 6. Although some of the purists disagree, the 3 prequels for the most part did justice to the series. I felt an excited nervous anticipation following the announcement of Episode 7. So many sequels to previous movies have weakened the legacy of their predecessors. Others have enhanced it. Would it continue an already incredible series? Would it be best to let it stay as is?
First for the positives, the acting was top notch, particularly that of Harrison Ford. The comedic responses were well timed and not overbearing. There were no lame, annoying characters such as Jar Jar Binks or Ewoks. The action sequences and special effects did not disappoint. However, every film has its flaws, and this episode had too many glaring ones to ignore. The heroes of Episodes 4-6, whose “can do approach” to the challenges they faced lead the Rebel Alliance to victory, just seemed to roll over and give up in The Force Awakens. Luke disappears when his student Kylo Ren turns against him. R2-D2 just checks out following Luke’s disappearance. Han and Leia, whose love was unstoppable in Episodes 5-6, go their separate ways at the first crisis: Kylo Ren’s (their son’s) defection. Han Solo, so battle savvy, who won the Millenium Falcon from Lando Calrissian, somehow loses the Millenium Falcon after Episode 6.
Now for some other issues contributing to the weak story line. Why wasn’t Leia trained in the ways of the Force? How come the dark side has more of a presence than the Jedi (after the Sith were destroyed at the end of Episode 6 and the prophecy from Episode 1 was fulfilled)? How did Luke’s blue lightsaber, which he lost after having his hand cut off in Episode 5, show up unexplained over 30 years later? How does Darth Vader’s mask, which presumably burned up at the end of Episode 6, show up in Kylo Ren’s possession? Where was Lando Calrissian (the guy who blew up the 2nd Death Star)? How does Rey, with no explained training, soundly defeat Kylo Ren(who had explained training) during their climatic lightsaber duel? Why was Han Solo so surprised at seeing the effects of Chewbacca’s crossbow? They had been friends for over 30 years and somehow he never picked up on that before? Please. C3PO’s red arm was just stupid; no reason for it – just a cheesy gimmick. And now for the worst part of the story line; the death of Han Solo left me feeling like I had been kicked (hard) in the gut. As I said previously, he was one of the heroes I grew up watching. Had this been a stand alone movie, this would have been a lot easier to take. To sum up, the release of this movie proved my worst fears about this new release to be true. A story line that weakens the series and the lame disposal of one of the heroes of movies past ranks Episode 7 at the bottom of the Star Wars series. Sometimes, its just good to let a good thing be. A sequel is not always a good move. Sadly, Episode 7 illustrates this point all too clearly.
ACADEMY AWARDS AND DOCUMENTARIES. Once again, in reading the L.A. Times last week I learned that in order for a documentary to qualify for an Academy Award it must be actually reviewed in either the L.A. Times or The New York Times. Yep, the latest L.A. Times issues are loaded with reviews of documentaries. The Academy also says … What advertisements are required? The ad may be as simple or as elaborate as you wish. However, it must be a minimum of one inch by two inches and must include the film title, exhibition times and dates for all screenings of the film. The ad must run in The New York Times, Time Out New York or The Village Voice (New York); Los Angeles Times or LA Weekly (Los Angeles). Please note: a theater listing or theater grid will NOT meet this requirement. It must be a separate ad for the film only.
EVENTS TO WATCH FOR IN 2016
The Apple Barn scheduled to be moved to kick off the Aptos Village Development will not survive. It will be damaged beyond repair by the movers with nothing more than an “oopsie” by Barry Swenson Builders to explain what happened. BSB will then request a major modification to their building permit to accommodate the grocery store planned to be housed in the old Apple Barn.
The “business community” will do serious soul searching before they decide whether or not to support a campaign to fund the transportation ballot measure in November 2016. Why? The Highway 1 widening Draft EIR predicts a miniscule amount of congestion relief by adding three new sections of auxiliary lanes reaching to State Park Drive, not what Highway 1 widening supporters may take issue with. Unless both sides of the Highway issue get together an agree on what the final contents of the Transportation Ballot measure are, it will either not make the ballot or fail miserably, the worst possible outcome.
Take Back Santa Cruz will have their credibility tested in the 2016 Santa Cruz City Council elections. You can guess which current and former council members will have TBSC backing, but it’s not at all clear about who their opponents from the real world will be.
And last, but the most painful to see will be the incredible traffic jams in and around the community of Aptos once the Aptos Village construction actually starts.
(Paul Elerick is co-chair with Jack Nelson of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , and he’s a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).
As a finale for 2015, the Sentinel ran a series of articles reminding us of the high cost of housing in Santa Cruz and the impossibility of trying to find an affordable rental unit. Personal hardship stories were moving. I don’t lack sympathy for those with limited means being faced with escalating rents and can only thank providence for my moving to Santa Cruz long ago, when rents were $100 a month and a decent house could be bought for under $100 thousand. Had I not arrived then, I would not be living here now. Mindful of my privileged status as an early resident, I am nonetheless critical of some of the assumptions and conclusions surrounding the discussion on the housing “crisis”. It is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
A common establishment view of the cause of the current housing crisis in Santa Cruz is the no-growth (more accurately, slow-growth) policies adopted in the 1970’s. If only we had been able to build more housing, so the logic goes, we would not be in this mess. This view fails to recognize that housing is a commodity, profit is the goal, demand is manipulated and supply has hardly been static. I’ve watched as housing developments have been built over the past 40 years with ads running in out-of-town newspapers encouraging folks to “come live by the sea in sunny Santa Cruz.” Others, such as 1010 Pacific, were promoted to council as homes for our police, fire and teachers but in reality turned out to be just more student housing. I watch as city departments introduce to Santa Cruz City Council their out-of-town new hires who are “looking forward to bringing their families to live in Santa Cruz.” I watch the UCSC student population increase from 6,000 in 1979 to almost 18,000 in 2015. With half the student population opting to live off-campus, with many parents paying their rents and frequently offering to pay more than the asking price, locals who seek rental housing are out-bid. I watch as Santa Cruz is marketed on a global scale, eyed by many upscale visitors as a place for a second or third home, or for an investment property, with Airbnb waiting to help with the mortgage and therefore raising the value and ultimately the cost of all Santa Cruz housing stock big-time.
Another common establishment view is that nothing gets built in Santa Cruz because of city rules and regulations, no-growth council members or NIMBY neighbors. This is simply not the case. It’s been decades since any city council majority failed to support a housing or hotel development. Neighbors who turn out to council to plea for some respite from the impacts of height and scale variances for new large-scale developments are ignored. Even pleas to save a few long-established street trees are ignored, as was the case with a recently- approved housing development on lower Seabright Avenue.
There has actually been a lot of new housing stock built, approved, under construction or pending in our city which has a supposed water crisis in dry years and a road carrying capacity at overload. Recently constructed are: 21 apartments; 9 studio units; 24 condos and a 13- lot subdivision. Under construction are: 248 residential units; 10 apartments and an 8-lot subdivision. Recently approved are 94 small units; 20 apartments; 4 condos; 36 townhouses and 126 units. Pending are 58 condos. Since developers can pay in-lieu fees instead of including the required small number of affordable units, all of this development is most likely market-rate, is advertized outside Santa Cruz and will likely be occupied by new arrivals or current and future students.
It is in this context that we should be more critical of the Corridors Development Project that is working its way through city staff, consultants, Commissions and ultimately to council. I have written before how this project will drastically alter our town for the worse. This in-filling, dense, “smart-growth” approach is already being challenged in Portland as not delivering on its promises but rather has exacerbated overcrowding, traffic congestion and given speculation, has not made housing any more affordable. Our experience will be no different.
(Gillian Greensite is a long time local activist, member of Save Our Big Trees and the Santa Cruz chapter of IDA, International Dark Sky Association. Plus she’s an avid ocean swimmer, hiker and lover of all things wild).
PATTON’S LAND USE REPORT. Gary’s newly condensed KUSP report contains …
Abbott Square is located right in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, at the corner of Cooper and Front Streets. It’s currently home to Lulu Carpenter’s coffeehouse, prominent on the corner. Lulu’s occupies the lovely brick “Octagon” that was once the County’s official Hall of Records. Adjacent to the Octagon is what used to be the County Jail, now a refurbished edifice occupied by the local offices of the California Coastal Commission and the Museum of Art and History. If the Museum gets its wish, Abbott Square will shortly be transformed. On Wednesday, January 6th, at 10:00 a.m., the City’s Zoning Administrator will consider whether or not to issue an Administrative Use Permit and Design Permit to develop Abbott Square into a community plaza and public market. If the requested permits are approved, the reconfigured Abbott Square will become home to seven eating and drinking establishments (four restaurants, two food kiosks, and one bar) with outdoor seating, low-risk alcohol service, and incidental, live, outdoor entertainment. You can get links to the staff report, and to the Zoning Administrator agenda, at kusp.org/landuse. If you think you have a stake in how the Santa Cruz downtown looks, and operates, it would be good to check out the details, outlined in the thirteen-page staff report.
There is an”unhidden agenda” for the Land Use Report. I am trying to stimulate listeners to get personally involved in the land use decision making process. I had such an experience myself, in the early 1970’s, when I joined a community group that was trying to “Save Lighthouse Field” in the City of Santa Cruz. If you have ever been out to Lighthouse Point, located at the very northernmost point of Monterey Bay, you will know that our efforts were successful! The success of the Save Lighthouse Point Association changed local politics in Santa Cruz, with the big change being that community residents suddenly saw that their personal involvement in local land use matters could actually make a big difference. It’s still true! Hence, the “unhidden agenda” of this Land Use Report.
I am kicking off the New Year, this week, with a refresher course in what it takes to be effective as a concerned member of the community, as the land use decision making process moves ahead at the local government level. Land use decisions often have a truly determinative effect on what our communities will be like in the future. So, if you care about the economic, social, and environmental aspects of the community in which you live, you should get personally involved! You are going to have to be involved in local politics, if you want to have an impact on land use. That is a basic feature of American democracy, so if you don’t like “politics,” get over it! Let’s cleanse our politics from the inside out, instead of just bitching about bad political decisions.
Here is “Step Two.” Realize that “Good Things Come To Those Who Don’t Wait.” You really need to get ahead of the curve if you want to have an impact. You should be working on land use issues far in advance of that final public hearing. You need to decide that you care enough that you will study up in advance, so that you will know at least as much about the local land use issues you are working on as the planners do! Otherwise, they’re going to tell you what is going to happen, and the public is actually supposed to tell them! Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net
CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Yosemite Restoration, over and over. See below.
EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Hitting the target, Eagan style. Scroll downwards.
8 TENS AT 8. This year’s Festival presents 16 short plays, 8 each night, playing in repertiore.
“A” and ‘B” nights rotate over the 5-week Festival.
- A” Night plays
- FOLLOWING MS. SERGEANT by Alie Mac | Directed by Anita Natale
- THE ITALIAN PRISONER by Paul Lewis | Directed by Brian Spencer
- GOOD MEDICINE by Rod McFadden | Directed by Joyce Michaelson
- A SHARED VIEW by Mary Caroline Rogers | Directed by Audrey Stanley
- YOU TOO by Tim Woods | Directed by Scott Kravitz
- JANIS GIVES COMFORT by Carol Keig | Directed by Kathryn Adkins
- THREATENED PANDA FIGHTS BACK by Rex McGregor | Directed by Helene Simkin Jara
- FLIRTING WITH AGE by Jack Spagnola | Directed by Gerry Gerringer
- B” Night plays
- ‘TIS A TALE by Brian Spencer | Directed by Robin Aronson
- GOSPEL ACCORDING TO BOWSER by Dan Borengasser | Directed by Wadsworth /Serman
- COLOR ME SCREWED by Nedra Pezold Roberts | Directed by Daria Troxell
- POOL PARTY by Ian McRae | Directed by Joan Van Antwerp
- MILLERS OF CONNECTICUT by Zazu Lein | Directed by Davis Banta
- ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS by Keith Sanders | Directed by Evan Hunt
- DOCTOR’S ORDERS by Clark Coleman | Directed by Alfred Muller
- SALT AND PEPPER by Clifford Henderson | Directed by MarNae Taylor
All the plays happen at the Center Stage Theatre 1001 Center Street. Buy tickets at
ESPRESSIVO ORCHESTRA CONCERT. January 7. Michel Singher conductor and artistic director of the new, small, intense Espressivo Orchestra presents Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of Earthly Existence) in the instrumental reduction for 15 players by Arnold Scho¨nberg and Rainer Riehn featuring Adam Klein, Tenor and Susanne Mentzer, Alto. It’s happening this Thursday January 7 at 7pm in the Peace United Church of Christ at 900 High Street.Tickets at the door or online at https://espressivo.tixato.com/buy .
SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS. January 16, 17. The Chamber Players perform music by Albéniz, Tárrega, Manuel de Falla, Luys de Narváez and Chris Pratorius-Gómez in concerts titled Legends of Grenada:Musical Confections from the Heart of Andalusia on Saturday, January 16, 7:30 pm and Sunday, January 17, 3 pm. Featuring C.A. Jordon: soprano Andrew Scott Carter: tenor, Jennifer Cass: harp, Kristin Garbeff: cello, Rob Watson: guitar, and David Long, piano. Chris Pratorius-Gómez, is the artistic director, piano player, and composer. Tickets at the door or online at brownpapertickets.com . It’s at The Christ Lutheran Church 10707 Soquel Drive in Aptos by the Freedom Blvd. turnoff from Hwy1.
LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “What were my favorite movies of 2015? Stream these for a happy new year, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com).” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.
THAT IS THE QUESTION
(THE NEWEST FILMS IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)
THE HATEFUL EIGHT. Quentin Tarantino is BACK! A beautiful film. A plot as intriguing as Agatha Christies “Ten Little Indians”and acting as great as any we’ve ever seen. With a cast consisting of Samuel Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, and Channing Tatum and written and directed by Quentin hisself, how can we miss? It’s in the Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs vein. It’s bloody, beyond violent, extremly funny, thought provoking and mystfying. Go see it on some big screen.
STAR WARS:The Force Awakens. Read the critique above. This is not a movie, it’s a product placement showcase for Disney productions and world wide toy manufacturers.
CONCUSSION.This could have been a contender for the much deserved revealing of the role the NFL plays in the maiming and killing of football players. Will Smith does the best he can with a sanitized script as a Doctor from Nigeria tries to stop the 28% or more players develop long term brain/mental problems. Alec Baldwin and Albert Brooks add some drama but the movie is too soft, too Hollywood, too cute to be the driving force necessary to change the way the NFL plays ball. Read today’s issue (Jan. 4) of the Huffington Post to see reactions to concussions and the National Football League. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/nfl-concussions
STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US
FROM BEST TO REALLY BAD
BROOKLYN. Whew…I knew I loved this film and now I see that Rotten Tomatoes gives it 100% Saoirse Ronan plays the lead Irish (very Irish) girl who comes to New York City in the 1950’s. She adjusts then falls in love with an Italian (very Italian) young man. That seems to be ok but she has to return to Ireland on a visit and falls in love with a young Irish (very) young man. It’s not too funny, it’s deep, profound, wrenching and perfect acting. You could easily loose your heart in this film. See it, if you like wonderful films. It also stars (in a smaller role) Jessica Pare who you’ll for sure remember as Megan Draper, Don Draper’s dark- haired sexy wife in Mad Men.
THE DANISH GIRL. Eddie Redmayne as one of the world’s first transgendered males is of course the main attraction. But Alicia Vikander as his wife and main support, actually does a better job of acting. The script stalls and sleeps part way through, and the pacing is eccentric but you’ll watch it all the way just to see how it ends. Redmayne (who is 33) won an Oscar nomination for his body- bending role as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” last year, is being touted for it again this year. Remember him in “My Week with Marilyn”? He’s an excellent actor and will probably play a tree or a screwdriver or a python next, but I’m not betting on him winning anything for this film.
SPOTLIGHT. Lots of Oscar buzz around this excellent film. When you have a cast like Mark Ruffalo, Michale Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Billy Crudup, Stanley Tucci and Live Schreiber and a plot involving the Roman Catholic church’s child molesting priests and the “official cover-up” you got a winner. It’s shocking, even though you think you know all there is to know. When you add in the current troubles the Vatican is having…you’ve got a very sick institution. It’s newspaper business at its best. It’s also reporting such as no newspaper can afford today…you’ll see how important that is/was. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 97%!!!
YOUTH. Do go prepared for a meditation on old age, death, love, marriage, fame, and acting.
It’s impressionistic, symbolic, intellectual, dream-like…and not easy to follow. Michael Caine
shows how much better an actor he is than co-star Harvey Keitel, and It’s also an excellent film. If you saw “The Great Beauty” a few years ago by the same director, Paolo Sorrentino you’ll have a clue about his approach to life and aging. “Youth” doesn’t compare with “The Great Beauty”, which was/is a masterpiece.
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA. It’s about this whale, sort of an early Jaws, look- a- like movie. Supposedly it’s like a prequel to Moby Dick. It’s got some great scenes and interesting moments but it isn’t put together in any logical or interesting way. You can skip this one too.
SISTERS. This is an almost perfect example of a trash movie. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey outdo each other with crotch, sex, poop and pee jokes that aren’t funny. It’s a shame to see these obviously brilliant, smart, tasteful women sink so low that they have to take roles in movies this low class. Don’t go and don’t let anyone you care for go either.
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UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or archived for two weeks… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. On Jan. 5th Gary Patton former Santa Cruz County Supervisor, talks about PCL (Planning & Conservation League) and the work they do stopping state –wide undesirable development. He’s followed by author, physicist, quantum realist, Nick Herbert. On January 12 actors Scott Kravitz and Mar Nae Taylor discuss this years “8 x 10’s @ 8″ plays playing Jan. 8- Feb. 7, they’re followed by Cesario Ruiz telling us all about “My Mom’s Mole’ ” his new culinary start-up. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVE FEATURE. Stuff changes at KZSC a lot. If you missed either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go here… http://www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/bruce-bratton You have to listen to about 4 minutes of that week’s KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens.
UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 9 years here’s a chronological list of some past broadcasts. Such a wide range of folks such as Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-Darrow, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Gina Marie Hayes, Rebecca Ronay-Hazleton, Miriam Ellis, Deb Mc Arthur, The Great Morgani on Street performing, and Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Company. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011.
QUOTES. “Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever”, Mark Twain. “New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time”, James Agate. “Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self-assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle”, Eric Zorn.
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