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Weather: Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 60s. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers in the evening. Lows in the mid 50s. North winds 5 to 10 mph in the evening, becoming light and variable. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Today at the Editor’s Glance:
Open Discussion: The Atlantic Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State hosts an open, freewheeling discussion on the topic here in our community, around Florida and throughout the United States, noon to 1 p.m. at Kendall’s Bagels & More (no purchase is necessary), 1214 Palm Coast Pkwy SW, Palm Coast (near Winn Dixie, Bealls, Ollies, Harbor Freight). All are welcome! Everyone’s voice is important. For further information email [email protected] or call Merrill at 804-914-4460.
Weekly Chess Club for Teens, Ages 9-18, at the Flagler County Public Library: Do you enjoy Chess, trying out new moves, or even like some friendly competition? Come visit the Flagler County Public Library at the Teen Spot every Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. for Chess Club. Everyone is welcome, for beginners who want to learn how to play all the way to advanced players. For more information contact the Youth Service department 386-446-6763 ext. 3714 or email us at [email protected]
The Circle of Light Course in Miracles study group meets at Vedic Moons, 4984 Palm Coast Parkway NW, Palm Coast, Fl every Wednesday at 1:20 PM. There is a $2 love donation that goes to the store for the use of their room. If you have your own book, please bring it. All students of the Course are welcome. There is also an introductory group at 1:00 PM. The group is facilitated by Aynne McAvoy, who can be reached at [email protected]
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.
In Coming Days:
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.”
Notably: Heinrich Boll, a writer we don;t hear much about anymore though he won the Nobel in 1972–the first German to do so since Thomas Mann in 1929–was born on this day in 1917. Should he be read more? “More than any other German writer, he constituted a link between capitalist West Germany, where he was a best-selling author, and Communist East Germany, where his works came to be the best-selling West German fiction; when he gave readings in East Berlin, the auditoriums were packed,” his Times obituary read. He was a champion of literary freedom and has been rolling in his grave over the book-banning epidemic in American school libraries. “As an activist and as a writer, Mr. Boll was a perennial critic and foe of establishments, bureaucracies and inhumane rules – of any kind of oppressive institutionalized power.” Joe Harding, the Florida Republican, will likely sponsor a Don’t Say Booll bill should Boll make a comeback in Florida schools. But that’s not likely.
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Flagler Beach Farmers Market
Grace Community Food Pantry on Education Way
Gamble Jam at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area
Palm Coast Farmers’ Market at European Village
Grace Community Food Pantry on Education Way
Al-Anon Family Groups
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The fact is that motor transportation is the sacred cow of the American religion of technology, and in the service of this curious religion no sacrifice in daily living, no extravagance of public expenditure, appears too great. Motor transportation is not merely an object of public worship; it has succeeded the railroad as the most powerful tool for either distributing or congesting the population–and it currently does both. Like any other tool, it must be used for some human purpose beyond the employment of the tool itself, and that further purpose represents the difference between carving and mere whittling. Our transportation experts are only expert whittlers, and the proof of it is that their end product is not a new urban form but a scattered mass of human shavings. Instead of curing congestion, they widen chaos.
–From Lewis Mumford’s “The Roaring Traffic’s Boom–II,” The New Yorker, April 2, 1955.
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Mr. Tristam – I am one of your regular readers and wanted to comment on how important your work is to this community. Not just the news, but how your work touches everything – philosophy, art, culture, history, and guidance and information on matters of public concern – to name just a few of the things you offer us.
Today’s daily is themed in such an enlightening way. It has prompted me to comment. The role of the Mr. Boll, the German Literary Nobel laureate was profound. A figure of a man perched between free loving and democratic West Germany and fascist East Germany with its secret police and stomping on fundamental freedoms. It is no surprise that citizens of both societies revered him. He stood for literary freedom. And what would he make of us now in Florida, with the State squelching thought and discourse.
And following that, you gave us “We are the World,” a rapturous song of many esteemed voices that tell us to value humanity. All humanity.
Then you flowed to a quote from 1955 from a commentator on transportation technology and where the commentator perceived it was heading in the future. Which is our time now, the future he saw is here, and the congestion and chaos he speaks of is firmly upon us.
Thank you for inspiring our thinking, and reminding us there are deep thoughts we should contemplate if we care about our future and the future of those that will follow us.
Democrats shooting themselves in the foot again. I’m surprised that they have any feet left! Biden has done plenty of good work, but the only reason they don’t want him is he is old. BANG!
To compare him with Trump, for any reason, is ridiculous.