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Weather: Mostly sunny. Less humid with highs in the lower 60s. Temperature falling into the mid 50s in the afternoon. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Friday Night: Clear. Lows in the mid 20s. Highs in the mid 40s.
Today at the Editor’s Glance:
Free For All Fridays with Host David Ayres, an hour-long public affairs radio show featuring local newsmakers, personalities, public health updates and the occasional surprise guest, starts a little after 9 a.m. Today, Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly and State Attorney R.J. Larizza review the year in crime and talk about the new Sheriff’s Operations Center.
The Cold-Weather Shelter will open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights: The shelter, run by the Sheltering Tree, a non-profit, opens at Church on the Rock in Bunnell only when the overnight temperature is expected to fall to 40 or below. It will open nightly from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. starting Friday (Dec. 23). See: “Flagler’s Cold-Weather Homeless Shelter Facing Staffing Challenge as 4-Night Freeze Coincides With Christmas.”
In Court: Nothing scheduled in all courts.
Fantasy of Lights at Palm Coast’s Central Park: The Rotary Club of Flagler County hosts its 17th Annual Fantasy Lights Festival at Central Park in Town Center, through Dec. 30, 6:30-9 p.m. each night. Fantasy Lights is free self-guided walking tour around Central Park with over 50 large animated light displays, festive live and broadcast holiday music, holiday snacks and beverages. A favorite for the kids is Santa’s House and Village with a collection of elf houses festively painted and nestled among the lights, warm fire to roast marsh mallows or create smores, and encircling the village is Santa’s Merry Train Ride. See the full brochure here and the nightly schedule of events https://flaglerlive.com/wp-content/uploads/Fantasy-Lights-Program-2022_FINAL.pdf#page=7
For more information, please contact Bill Butler at 386-986-3760 or 386-445-0598 or email: [email protected].
Keep in Mind: FEMA has extended the deadline into January for Flagler County Hurricane Ian survivors to apply for federal disaster assistance: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline until January 12. The Disaster Recovery Center is in a large tent located near the arena in the center of the fairground’s property, 150 Sawgrass Road, Bunnell. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Disaster Recovery Centers serve as FEMA’s local outreach offices to provide disaster survivors with information from it, as well as from Florida state agencies and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance and disaster loans, update applications and learn about other resources available. Survivors can apply for disaster assistance at disasterassistance.gov, by calling 800-621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time, or by using the FEMA mobile app. Those who use a relay service such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service, or others, will need to provide FEMA the number for that service. Those who have insurance are encouraged to file a claim for damages to homes, personal property, and vehicles before applying for FEMA assistance. FEMA cannot duplicate other sources of assistance may have been received.
Notably: Jane Austen’s Emma was published on this day in 1815, prompting remembrances of thoughts past, this one from Roxana Robinson in 2001: “The writers we praise bear this out: Richard Ford, Cormac McCarthy, Don DeLillo, Martin Amis, Paul Auster, David Gates and, of course, [Robert] Stone himself. By and large they prefer the cold end of the emotional spectrum, choosing alienation and irony, disaffection and distance, over passion and tenderness, engagement, anguish or rapture. And since men still make most of the literary rules, the women writers who receive the most attention are the ones who follow these rules of disengagement: Joyce Carol Oates, A. M. Homes, Kathryn Harrison and Lorrie Moore, for example. The Brontës and Jane Austen, who wrote exclusively about women and the world of the emotions, would have a hard time today making it out of the ‘’women’s fiction” category.’”
Now this: The 10 Days of Bach: Cello Suite no. 5 in C minor BWV 1011, cellist Hidemi Suzuki
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Palm Coast City Council Workshop
Flagler County School Board Information Workshop
Flagler County School Board Meeting
NAACP Flagler Branch General Membership Meeting
Separation Chat: Open Discussion
The Circle of Light A Course in Miracles Study Group
Weekly Chess Club for Teens, Ages 9-18, at the Flagler County Public Library
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Sendak’s body of work—which includes drawings, book design, paintings, advertising, theatrical sets and costumes, and puppetry—erases the carefully maintained divide between illustration and fine art. The exhibition makes the convincing case that his output draws from both realms and that his art is simply that: art. “They’re all good friends,” Sendak said of the pieces that populated his home and fed his work. […] . “The work can’t happen without music,” he said in 1994. “I think everything I’ve done is a collaboration with a composer.” […] When Sendak received the Caldecott Medal in 1964, for Where the Wild Things Are, he evoked the award’s namesake, the nineteenth-century British illustrator Randolph Caldecott, and his popular book The Three Jovial Huntsmen (1880): “There is no emasculation of truth in his world. It is a green, vigorous world rendered faithfully and honestly in shades of dark and light, a world where the tragic and the joyful coexist, the one coloring the other. It encompasses three slaphappy huntsmen, as well as the ironic death of a mad, misunderstood dog; it allows for country lads and lasses flirting and dancing round the Maypole, as well as Baby Bunting’s startled realization that her rabbit skin came from a creature that was once alive.”
–From “Maurice Sendak’s Ageless Imagination,” a Nicole Rudik review of Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak, edited by Jonathan Winberg, in Artforum, Oct. 31, 2022.
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How to Keep Outdoor and Stray Cats Warm in the Winter
By Michelle Milliken
Pogo: Nice, thank you! We put out an extra large, clean cat pan with a lid, and a cushion inside. The two locals like our back porch, so hopefully, they will use it and cuddle together. Eight cats were dumped in our neighborhood, about four years ago, and now only those two, and the one we adopted, has survived.
As I was writing this, a new, young, black kitty walked up to my back door! Wow, weird.
Christopher Herrin says
Ahhhh…. duhhhhh it’s December 23rd!!!! How does your liberal conservative Mr. Harold have to wait longer and longer every year to do his global warming scream?????? Stupid is as stupid does! What a stupid cartoon
Ray W. says
If it is a valid argument to write that editorial cartoons are commonly created to poke the proverbial toad, it appears that this one worked.
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Ray W. says
On a whim and thinking of the gullible FlaglerLive commenter who wrote in early November of his fear that diesel fuel reserves (at that time 25.9 days’ worth) would be completely exhausted by Thanksgiving, thereby cutting off trucking during our peak shopping season, perhaps due to Tucker Carlson’s fear-mongering prediction that a trucking shutdown would soon come to pass, I did a quick search this morning for articles about daily reserves of diesel fuel. I found a November 25th Fox News affiliate in Pennsylvania that posted an article reflecting that, according to EIA figures, the reserve supply was back up to 29 days, with the author commenting that the number of days was close to the norm of just over 30 days.
Readers, there can be a significant difference between partisan commenters who parrot false or misleading narratives for perceived political gain and those many zealous advocates who are interested in more completely educating FlaglerLive readers. Neither type of commenter is perfect, but extreme caution needs to be exercised when considering comments posted by partisans.
Most of the time, Jimbo99 qualifies as a zealous advocate, but he commonly goes off the rails with his various misleading partisan talking points.
The dude says
Jimbo99 is a broken MAGA record.
There is little to no value or advocacy in any of his rants here. Just a mishmash of various MAGA lies repackaged and rehashed over and over.
It is amusing though, watching him tilt at those windmills again and again.
Ray W. says
I disagree, The dude.
Jimbo99 may have been damaged by repeated exposure to MAGA philosophy, if one could argue that MAGA is a philosophy. Perhaps the best or most apt description of Jimbo99’s commentary style is that he has been ridden hard and put up wet, but the exhausted Jimbo99 does present as a commenter with potential, unlike Dennis C. Rathsam. Maybe Jimbo99 is just too worn out to attempt the exercise of intellectual rigor. After all, it can be exhausting to maintain the MAGA line.
Jimbo99 often starts by offering good quality comments and observations on certain issues. Sometimes he stops while he is ahead. Most of the time, he proceeds to drive the train off the rails, but the potential is there.
Maybe it is just a matter of perspective. I believe in investing in human potential. Others do not. Jimbo99 has potential and I just can’t easily give up on him.
As an aside, each year for the last couple of years, my oldest daughter drives over to watch “It’s A Wonderful Life” with me at a movie theater.
I don’t know why I didn’t make the connection before. Does anyone think that Donald Trump would not rename Bedford Falls as Trumpsville, if he had the chance? Does anyone think Donald Trump would not have taken the $8000 that Uncle Billy left folded up in the paper? Does anyone think Donald Trump would not swear out a warrant for the arrest of George Bailey, all the while knowing that Bailey never committed a crime, and all the while proclaiming “Lock Him Up” to all who listen? Does anyone think Donald Trump wouldn’t charge exorbitant rents on dilapidated shacks and evict tenants at will whenever bad fortune befalls them? Was Frank Capra prescient? Does the morally bereft Potter character foretell 45?
As of 2020, 350 coal-fired power plants are under construction. They include seven in South Korea, 13 in Japan, 52 in India, and 184 in China with the rest underway in other parts of the world. Meanwhile, Biden blames climate change on American power producers, automakers, airlines etc – while Biden and his family and a lot of climate alarmists take private jets and yachts.
Ray W. says
Proof positive that a commenter like Bill can be right and wrong at the same time. He is right, if only barely right, in pointing out that a number of countries, mostly Asian countries, are building coal-fired electrical generating plants.
As I pointed out many months ago, citing an international study of the quantity of new sources of renewable electricity from the many generating plants opened in 2020 vs. the increased worldwide demand for electricity that same year, the increased demand, mostly in China, India, Malaysia and Indonesia, far outstripped all of the new sources of renewable energy. In other words, the world is not yet capable of opening enough renewable power sources to meet increasing demands for electrical power, though we are getting closer to matching production with demand. So long as the manufacture of renewable energy sources falls short of new demands for electricity, countries around the world are going to have to construct other forms of power generation to meet demand. China lacks access to ample supplies of its own supplies of natural gas, and prices for liquified natural gas have skyrocketed due to Putin’s invasion of the Ukraine (there are only so many ships that can transport LNG and it takes years to build new ones), so coal is it for the short term in China, at least until a compressed natural gas pipeline can be built from Russia to Chinese industrial centers or additional ships can be built to transport American natural gas to newly built regasification plants in Chinese ports, where regasified LNG can be added into the Chinese natural gas pipeline network. Germany just opened its first regasification facility in a port city, starting a crash building program just after Russia went to war. Portugal is about to open a new regasification plant in one of its port cities, which is to be hooked into the French pipeline network via a new pipeline that is also under construction. Europe will likely pay the most for available LNG, so China will rely on coal.
As an aside, worldwide, manufacturing and other industrial needs consume over 60% of the world’s electricity.
Now that Bill knows these additional facts, he will likely retract his initial point about why so many countries are constructing coal-fired power plants right now, as his inferred premise is based on flawed reasoning, though I doubt his irrational contempt for people who do not think like he does will ever allow him to retract his second point.
Ray W.: My reasoning: birth control.
Ray W. says
Great point, Laurel. As commonly happens, you and so many other FlaglerLive commenters add perspective to comments.
I add that there exists ample evidence to support the argument that the better the world educates young women, the lower the birth rate and the higher the productivity and creativity these bright young women bring to their societies.
Thank you, Laurel!
Happy New Year to you and yours!