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POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 6, 2013 Page 7 S i m pie TIMES... by Girard A. Plante It&apos;s that Christmas time of the year again. For those of us who happily recall hear- ing that familiar phrase by Burl Ives in the animated hit from the mid-1960s, "Rudolph The Red-Noised Reindeer," we know too the close-knit fabric of neighbor- hoods we grew up within. And we fondly remember the kind folks who for decades owned corner stores we'd pass by daily walking to and from school. We also live with the stark reminder of the myriad changes to those less har- ried, hurried, angst-ridden days of our youth on a daily basis. To where exactly are we rushing today as a soci- ety? We citizens all must ask ourselves that essential question as the Digital Age teeters along its endless fast-track of ever-changing hi-tech gadgets. Will we, and the twenty- something generation that boasts of never buying a news- paper, return to the gran- deur of living life at a slower pace? Can such a seismic cultural shift even be con- templated despite the light- ning-quick speed by which we've grown accustomed to answering texts, responding swiftly to e-mails, or tweet- ing without misspelling simple words? All the latter suggests that it's not impor- tant to use correct grammar or put the brain in motion to learn to spell simple words and write an intelligible paragraph. Watch actor Bruce Willis's films to discern where soci- ety has declined in mean- ingful dialogue. Virtually every movie Bruce has made the past two decades hums with the beat of mul- tiple explosions, car crashes aplenty, human mayhem at every turn, along with waste- lands of aftermath. Yet his films' dialogue between people suffers from low-brow one-liners and inexhaust- ible catch-phrases. Films indeed awash in millions of wasted dollars that also cre- ated yawns galore. Ours is a society of fever- ish quick-fix solutions at pharmacies everywhere. For example, decision-making for the best treatment of the common cold boggles the mind as dozens of choices of cough syrup drip off the shelves. Instantaneous answers are expected by wary con- sumers from pharmacists busier than a bee's nest as they explain to heavy- handed health insurers the reason for a required medi- cation or use precious time to call-in prescription refills to physicians' offices. Is my carping at observing a society going faster than a speeding bullet minus its target much ado about noth- ing? Or does my daily wit- ness to a maddening pace seem outdated in this era of quicker-is=better and new- and-improved are mere tag lines for spending frivolously on the craze known the day after Thanksgiving as Black Friday? Obviously, I wasn't born yesterday. I know peculiar commercialization when I see it. I never -- figuratively, of course -- bought into the crass consumerism trotted out with its dark-dollar moniker Black Friday. Its title is eerily reminiscent of a Halloween kill-thriller that's become another awful part of expectant endless films each October. Thus, I will continue mov- ing along this holiday season slowly. I'm content in the realization that it's okay to remember the days which shaped my future. Daily I get on well in spite of the dizzy- ing race to who knows where. Five decades of var- ied experiences have pre- pared me for unforeseen changes aplenty. Adapting to life's inevitable challenges accordingly is a self-pre- scription for thriving, not merely surviving. You see, I learned much of my life's lessons since birth from many old folks whose mantra was "patience and perseverance pays off." The rewards are benefits that keep on giving despite our society that seeks still more speed. Dividends piled high on a solid foundation of fundamentals collected from the beat of different drum- mers. So next time you are over- whelmed from the heavi- ness of hurrying to and fro, please remember the wis- dom shared with the popu- lous of a bygone era by one of America's great writers and time-honored thinkers, Henry David Thoreau: "Sim- plify. Simplify." News Briefs (Continued from Page i) McAulfffe by as much as 10- points. Cuccinelli lost the race by just 2 points. Too bad that most of the establishment Republican types reportedly decided to go A.W.O.L. on campaign funds. Thanks to North Virginia, Virginia has become a grow- ing blue state. The upper part of Virginia is as liberal as Washington, DC and sadly Maryland too. The Republicans could have won this race had top Republi- cans helped Cuccinelli more like the Democrats got from so many big Democrat fig- ures such as the president himself. As a Democrat for these past 40 years watching my party move further left, it is looking more and more like the old Soviet Union where everyone simply closes their eyes and minds and votes the party line. The Republican Party isn't that much better. The estab- lishment types in Washing- ton like the status quo no matter how bad it looks out LUCIA RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine 415 Hanover Street, Boston 617.367.2353 11 MountVernon Street, Winchester 781.729.0515 P,ivote l:unc|ion Iooms fop any Occasion ES+lhdo,+ E%,,+<+,,+m+.t, Elc. Donato Frattaroli donato @ www'luciaristrante'cm here in the country because they have power and for these types that is all that really counts. I happen to like U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. Sometimes I like Rand Paul too. I don't like the likes of the U.S. Sens. John McCain or Lindsay Graham who have become so irrel- evant in the battles that lie ahead of America. Quote to Note "The only thing dropping faster than Obama's poll numbers is the number of insured people." Remember Harry S. Truman? President Truman had a sign on his Oval Office desk that read: "The Buck Stops Here." Well, that was then and this is now. I hear there's a rumor about a new sign on the desk today that reads:" The Buck Would Stop Here -- I Spent It." +'++:+ 781-286-CASH i:+, .+++, +,, -..,....+-,.-..++-. i ITAM POST 6 TOYS FOR TOTS FUNDRAISER by Sal Giarratani Where else but at ITAM Post 6 could you find the Marines and Santa teaming up with veterans post members and friends, East Boston's ITAM Post 6 held a very successful Toys for Tots fundraiser at its post on Saturday, November 23 rd. Over 225 folks showed up and the price for admission to this Christmas party was one new toy for the Toys for Tots program organized by the proud members of the United States Marine Corps. THE EAST BOSTON HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA SOCIETY PRESENTS "The Young, the Bold, and the Murdered" The East Boston High School Drama Society proudly pre- sented "The Young, the Bold, and the Murdered," on Thurs- day, December 5 m. For those who were unable to attend, you can catch the final performance on Friday, Decem- ber 6 th at 7:00 pm in the EBHS Auditorium. Tickets can .be purchased at the door or by calling EBHS at 617-635-9896. This is a play in two acts with one intermission. The play was written by Don Zolidis, and is directed by Eastie's own Anthony Gallotto. Cast members include: Santos Gutierrez as Morris, Tyler DiBenedetto as Tyler, Justin Ramos as John, Brian Medina as Bill, Guendy Valencia as Caitlyn and Kaylah O'Brien as Sybil. The Arts are alive and well at EBHS: your support is vital for these young people. 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