OLAF FUB SEZ: According to mystic and teacher G.I. Gurdjieff, born on this date in 1866, “It is the greatest mistake to think that man is always one and the same. A man is never the same for long. He is continually changing. He seldom remains the same even for half an hour.”
Pears and their gentle perfume
Gladden an uneven heart
Shoo away midwinter’s
Plump, pale green Bartlett
Or sturdy mahogany Anjou,
A pear’s texture pure heaven,
Juicy fragrance in my spoon
Tartlet or canned in worthy syrup,
This fair fruit distributes
Its cure from fleeting ennui
This spare melancholy afternoon.
Translucent pear endures
As infamous shape on
My dessert plate
Or delicious sweet liqueur.
– Janice Schlau
COOKIE TIME – Along with Thin Mints and Peanut Butter Patties, two new entries are debuting in this year’s lineup of Girl Scout Cookies, for which scouts began taking orders on Saturday.
There’s Cranberry Citrus Crisps, which feature bits of real cranberries and nine grams of whole grain. And then there’s the Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookie, which is being tested in Western New York and is available from only a limited number of Girl Scout troops.
Returning this year is the Cookie Share Program, in which customers can buy a box of cookies for delivery directly to a service man or woman serving overseas or stateside. Last year Girl Scouts of Western New York donated 7,100 packages of cookies to members of the military.
The cookie program continues through March 30. For info, visit www.gswny.org.
STICKS AND STONES – Architecture is the topic in this week’s installment of the Imagine lecture and discussion series at noon Tuesday in Ring of Knowledge Area just past Fables Cafe in the Central Library in Lafayette Square.
It begins at noon with a video tracing science and innovation in buildings from antiquity to the present and continues at 12:30 p.m. with “Appreciating Buildings and History,” a presentation by Denise M. Juron-Borgese, president and co-founder of the Buffalo Architecture Foundation. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature, it’s free and open to the public.
SEASON FINALE – Malanka, the traditional Ukrainian folk holiday that marks the end of the Christmas season, will be celebrated with a dinner-dance Saturday evening in Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center, 562 Genesee St.
The dinner starts at 7:15 p.m., preceded by cocktails at 6:30. The Zabava Dance, featuring music by Skopa, begins at 9 and includes a champagne toast at midnight and a buffet.
Tickets for the dinner and the dance are $50 for adults, $30 for students aged 13 to 18. Dinner tickets are available only in advance. Tickets for just the dance are $30. For info, call Nicole Grega at 903-4777 or Anne Serediuk at 316-1051.
HAMMER LOCK – Buffalo Championship Wrestling returns for the new year Saturday evening in Francis J. Donovan Post 1626, American Legion, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Highlight will be a Bunkhouse Battle Royal.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m. First bell sounds at 7:05. For advance sales, front-row V.I.P. tickets are $12. Only 30 of them are available and they must be purchased in advance. Second row tickets are $11, general admission is $10, kids 12 and under are $5. Tickets are $2 more on the day of the event. Tickets are available at the post. For info, call 634-6394.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Seamus Joseph Connors, Randy Bracewell, Bruce Johnstone, Michael Larivey, Amber Jakubowski, John Polowy, Emily Lynn Howdyshell, Debbie Jones, Rev. Kay Woike, Carmen Paolini, Rita Rosol, Bob Bartus, David Czumaj, Susan Smolarek and Sophia Franks.