2000-12-30 / Columnists

On The Beach

While pondering moments of the past year, and engaged in wonder about the year ahead, one should really only have but to aspire to that somewhere in the middle--called now.

I don't know about you but I really don't bother to make New Year's resolutions anymore. I mean, after all, there are certain things, habits, qualities that are just so hard to change or break on one's own. However, somehow, if we don't break certain bad habits, they will inevitably break us!

I know someone who quit smoking. This person is so great at quitting that they have actually quit so many times!

***You really have to see the wonderful "Seasonal Sensations" exhibit at the Rockaway Artists Alliance Gallery at Fort Tilden. There in this beautiful seaside setting you will see work offered by our many local artists. There are watercolors by Martha Killian, prints by Jackie Dever, oils by Kevin Callaghan and Michael Tubridy, photographs by Dennis Macrae and a beautiful photograph entitled "Solo" by Chris Jorge. I very much admire the relentless determination of the artists. It is out of their fierce and unflinching passion that they have literally carved out this gallery space in such an appropriate and magical setting.

***Hurry and get your RAA and Broad Channel 2001 calendars. They are filled with scenes from today and of days and times gone by. You will really enjoy turning the pages. A great job was done by the RAA and the Broad Channel Beautification Committee and their sponsors.

***Well I suppose I shall have to accept George W. as our President, but I do so with fingers crossed! If it's any consolation, at least he is intelligent enough to know that he's not intelligent enough for the task and has decided to mount a cabinet of those who will be qualified to advise him.

Of all the things that have been lost during this past decade, and will most certainly not be found during the next four years, is a certain element of respect for our President. I'm sure that veil was pierced long ago with Nixon; but I barely remember his presidency. I do believe it important that there be some distant and mysterious quality in our regard for the presidency. We can't merely regard him as a workman doing a typical job.

***I have to agree with Howie Schwach about there being something disingenuous about Audrey Pheffer announcing for the borough presidency just days after she won re-election to the Assembly. With Councilman Stabile and Carol Gresser also vying for the job, it should be a fascinating race to watch.

***So Hillary Clinton has been an eight million dollar advance for her book. However, don't expect it to be in any way a share all, tell all of any gritty details of her relationship with Bill. Rather, I would expect it to be the most expensive piece of campaign literature paid for by Simon and Schuster for 2004.

***I saw a delightful interview the other evening on Larry King with Actress Maureen O'Hara. At 80 years of age, she is still so feisty and beautiful as she was in those wonderful old John Wayne movies. Did you know she likes to box? She says she adores the sport! And when Larry King seemed surprised that everything goes back to her "being Irish", I thought she was going to really get her "Irish up" and show him exactly what that meant! I enjoyed the interview so much that I was rather sorry when it was over.

My friend Geraldine M. Chapey reminds me of a young version of Ms. O'Hara. I hope Geraldine decides to run for higher office.

May you all find happiness and health in the New Year! See you...On the Beach!

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