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Weather: Widespread frost in the morning. Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s. North winds around 5 mph. Monday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. North winds around 5 mph.
Today at the Editor’s Glance:
The Cold-Weather Shelter will open again tonight: 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 from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. See: “Flagler’s Cold-Weather Homeless Shelter Facing Staffing Challenge as 4-Night Freeze Coincides With Christmas.”
The Bach Festival, some 170 hours of Bach interrupted only by the presentation of its Columbia University disk jockeys, is in its zillionth year, streaming free on WKCR here and running through the New Year at midnight.
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].
Notably:Should we be depressed, this day after Christmas, with the World Cup still 1,259 days away and either a Trump or DeSantis presidency only 755 days away? On this day that will not be commemorated the way the Tulsa massacre of 1921 was, though it should be, for the mass murder of 38 Native American prisoners of war by Abraham Lincoln’s army in 1862, during the so-called Dakota wars, even as he should have been too busy contending with the way his Gen. George McClellan was doing his best to lose the Civil War. Lincoln commuted the death sentence of 264 others. But why not all? And why have these mass executions been buried as deeply in our collective memory as the rape of the Black Hills, that one continuing to this day with the desecrations of Rushmore and that other awful monument to Crazy Horse? So the answer is yes. If we can’t spare a commemoration, we can at least spare a little depression.
Now this: The 10 Days of Bach: Magnificat, BWV 243, Netherlands Bach Society:
Flagler Beach Webcam:
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Flagler County Commission Morning Meeting
Nar-Anon Family Group
Beverly Beach Town Commission meeting
Astronomy Club of Palm Coast Meeting
Flagler County School Board Workshop: Agenda Items
Flagler Beach Planning and Architectural Review Board
Bunnell Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board
Palm Coast City Council Meeting
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When a volcano lets fly or an earthquake brings down a mountainside, people look upon the event with surprise and report it to each other as news. People, in their whole history, have seen comparatively few such events; and only in the past couple of hundred years have they begun to sense the patterns the events represent. Human time, regarded in the perspective of geologic time, is much too thin to be discerned–the mark invisible at the end of a ruler. If geologic time could somehow be seen in the perspective of human time, on the other hand, sea level would be rising and falling hundreds of feet, ice would come pouring over continents and as quickly go away. Yucatáns and Floridas would be under the sun one moment and underwater the next, oceans would swing open like doors, mountains would grow like clouds and come down like melting sherbet, continents would crawl like amoebae, rivers would arrive and disappear like rainstreaks down an umbrella, lakes would go away like puddles after rain, and volcanoes would light the earth as if it were a garden full of fireflies. At the end of the program, man shows up–his ticket in his hand. Almost at once, he conceives of private property, dimension stone, and life insurance. When a Mt. St. Helens assaults his sensibilities with an ash cloud eleven miles high, he writes a letter to the New York Times recommending that the mountain be bombed.
–From From John McPhee’s Annals of the Former World (1998).
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