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November 24, 2014
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May I quote you?


Feeling like I was on a roll, I checked out what this other brilliant critic had to say about marking the calendar. Flipping through his diary, I noted these words: “New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.” Rather than sharing Agate’s opinion of those around him, it is myself I sometimes consider the fool and silently pray that others tolerate me while I prattle on, taking up their precious time. Hmm.

Still at a loss for (original) words, I decided to peruse the writings of those slightly more influential than myself and hovered over this quote by T.S. Eliot, who waxed rhapsodic (www.poets.org) by saying “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.” Unwittingly, Eliott has faith in me, so who am I to argue?

Pausing to grab some holiday leftovers (I don’t cook, but thankfully my neighbors do), I came across a suitable quote to enhance my lunch, but failed to discover (search as I might) who said it. Appropriate (albeit lighthearted) I quote the uncredited author, who said “People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.” Oddly reminiscent of words Mae West once famously spoke, I nodded my head silently and ate another menorah-shaped cookie that I had not baked.

My mind rarely (if ever) approaches deep thought; therefore I decided to check out what a humorist might have said worth quoting, since I have been called the “H” word once or twice during my roller-coaster career. I stumbled across the words of Joey Adams, who (coincidentally?) wrote the book “Borscht Belt” in 1973. After being inducted into the Friars Club Hall of Fame (www.wikipedia.org) in 1977, Adams left the crowd with this: “May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.” Surely, someone will drop an expensive bottle of champagne (I don’t shop) at my door before we ring in the new year, and when they do... I’ll drink to that!