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New year rising

Wade McIntyre
Wade McIntyre

When we bid farewell Dec. 31 to the cruel, major events of the new millennium, from 9/11 to the recession to global warming and eight years of war, we might have figured the damned decade would retreat a bit, cut some slack, and allow time for us to catch our breath, smell the roses, enjoy the beauty of life.

Hardly. The demon decade has passed a loaded baton to the cherubic New Year. Our country is still divided politically, split by cleaver into schisms as neatly defined as male and female, black and white, hate and love, belief and disbelief, hope and despair. The ones who would spew hatred for pleasure and profit have bolted from the starting gates of 2010 with alacrity.

They have again seized seized the moment.

And, if you can’t fight ‘em, or are just taking a break, why not be philosophical about it?

“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” Ronald Reagan

The Gipper was correct. Unfortunately, the family dinner table no longer exists. Instead we have cable TV and take-out fried food; change for most Americans means flipping the channel.

“Clean up your own back yard.” Elvis Presley

OK, Elvis. You have point.  Let’s work on our own problems, not those of the world, in 2010.

“Any man can be a Father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” Anne Geddes.

Sorry. Sometimes a dad has to be a Father and deal out the tough love. I don’t know a guy anywhere who wouldn’t rather be a dad all the time, but it ain’t the way of the world.

“Simple walks with your father around the block on a summer night as a child will do wonder for you as an adult.” Anonymous

Once, when my son was a few years old we walked to the neighborhood Baskin Robbins for scoop of ice cream. Along the way I slipped a $5 bill to him so he could make the financial transaction at the ice cream counter. It was the first time I’d ever given him cash. I learned that he knew more about money than I ever imagined. His walk and posture shifted purposefully as he strode into the ice cream shop.

“Don’t be afraid, my lamb. My marvelous machine is dedicated only to our safety and well-being.” Sinclair Strong in “Tom Strong’s The Lost Laboratory of Attabar Teru.”

One comic book in this award winning series written by pleasingly subversive Alan Moore offers more insights into humanity and what is right and wrong about our current course than any ten hours of television.

Sinclair Strong invents mechanical intelligence in an idyllic setting, yet nature destroys his work, claiming the life of the great scientist and his beautiful wife. Happily for humanity, and comic lovers everywhere, Sinclair’s son, Tom Strong, survives to fight the good fight.

“Nothing makes a person more productive than the last minute.” Unknown author

Who knows it better than a writer with deadlines? May 2011 be filled with joyously productive minutes, and no matter what our views, may we join hands from time to time in those places where politics, religion and ideology take a back seat to our commonness and longings for a better world.