OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Scottish poet Alexander Smith, born on this date in 1829, “Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.”
The holiday is over
The New Year doth begin
A squeaky clean slate
Devoid of hate
Completely without sin.
No Anger, Lust or Envy
No Avarice, Sloth or Pride
No Gluttony, now Weight Watching
Will be our daily guide.
We’ll find that flawless someone
Who’s hidden well within
The paragon of virtue
We knew we should have been.
The child of God we were at birth
All innocent and new
Oh, how I wish this fantasy
Could possibly be true.
But we can’t deny our human defects
It’s normal to make mistakes
So thank God for this New Year
And a chance for all our sakes
To try again just one more time
A January date
To pursue our goal of perfection
That very elusive state.
– Diana Notaro
PASTA TIME – Ready to start 2014 right are the folks at Stephen Sikora Post 1322, American Legion, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. They hold their first spaghetti dinner of the new year from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Dinners are $6 and include meatballs, salad, bread and butter, and a beverage. For an extra $1.50, you get a choice of homemade desserts.
EYE ON EBENEZER – Historic Ebenezer is the topic of the next exhibit in the Burchfield Nature and Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca.
Assembled by the West Seneca Historical Society, it opens with a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday that includes a slide show and a lecture on Ebenezer by town historian Jim Pace.
All are welcome. The exhibit continues through January.
The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Rene Robert, Pamela Labell, Jerry Buczkowski, Chris Knauber, Gail Major, Sandy Jordan, Amanda Skinner, Joanne Ulatowski, Ann Pokorny, Vi Jarmon, Betty Kiener, Ken Swanekamp, John Patrick Harrison, Patrice Doyle, Molly Doran, Joey Battaglia, Lisa Spacone, Sue Gorman and Diane Sztukowski.
NEW YEAR’S DAY – Alexander Ostrozinski, Yves-Richard Blanc, Jeff Simon, Delores Pryor, Montrice Goins, Jeanette Coleman, Trenton Hassett, Dr. John Twist, Philip Kurzanski, Bob Sikora, Rosalie Faragiano, Sister Mary Pauline Pasierb, Sister Mary Blaise Surlas, Dennis Beres, Omar Bashir, Isho Maalim, Jack Myers, Mike Barrett, Allayne Barnum, Mary Lou Zeis and Michelle Wutz.
AND THURSDAY – Glenn Locke, Randy Kramer, Polla Milligan, Joe Rubino, Melissa Brown, Emma Kruszka, Karen Ryan, Paul Davis Moore, Chris Russell, Michele Sobczyk, Austin and Daniel Ziskowski, Barbara Black, Albert D. Liberatore, Carol Shoemaker and Bud Hartmann.