Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this first Monday morning of the year, reporting from the shores of the little, tiny seaside hamlet of Osterville, a, again, small town on the southern shores of this little sand bar created by the Last Great Ice Age over 11,500 years ago… As I digested the “taped” Sunday morning talk shows over the course of the past two or three hours, taking a “vacation from my problems”, yesterday, by not entering the arena of “commentary”, I found a real sense of peace, for, instead of watching, “said”, Sunday talk shows, where pundits, politicians and prophets speak to “what will be” in this upcoming year, I watched my favorite movie of ALL time, “OUT OF AFRICA”, starring, of course, the greatness of Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, where WE all got a chance to see the birthplace of HUMAN BEINGS in all of it’s glory, before all of the atrocities of Darfur, for example, HAPPENED, SEEING TRUE humanity, LOVE and moreover, the BEAUTY that is the Masai Mara game reserve, a place I was LUCKY enough to visit three decades ago, when my father took us all on an African safari. We flew out of Heathrow airport and arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, where we were met by a driver who would stay with us for the next 18 days. We saw, every day, the famous “big five” animals of the great African Savanna. Namely, the African Elephant, the Lion, the Leopard, her two cubs, the White Rhino, and the Hippo… not to mention the Water Buffalo, the Crocodiles, the Cheetah, the Baboon, the Gorilla, the Chimpanzee and the great birds of Lake Victoria. When I was in Africa, I felt, strangely, as if I were home, and when I witnessed, again, a movie, that I have seen many times before–it was as if I were watching it for the first time. With the new “congress” coming into their new offices this week, and we all look ahead to the new year, my simple wish, for YOU and yours, is this–WE all take a break from the NEGATIVITY, and see what really matters, such as Katie Couric did recently, Katie, of CBS NEWS, in a piece done on the venerated and most excellent Sunday show, “Sunday Morning”, previously hosted by the late, great Charles Kuralt, now by the very noble Charles Osgood, gave us a glimpse back at not only a decade ago, but, moreover, what happened in 2010, the year that was, and, by doing so, decidedly took some stock of the GOOD that still exists within ALL of US. I, again, humbly, WISH you and yours a wonderful NEW YEAR and although the “headlines” may not always be consistent with your brand of “tea”, take that time to watch a film that sums up all of our hopes, dreams, desires, and dusty faded fears… fears, that were not REAL to begin with. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M
January 3, 2011
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