"Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us."
-- Hal Borland
Welcome to the end of the year.
You know, they really should have a name for this week -- the period between Christmas and New Year's.
Wrap It Up Week. Assessment Week. Get Ready Week.
But I don't think any of those names will catch on.
Maybe that's because it is a week in transition. It is perhaps the most disorganized collection of chilly disconnected days on the calendar.
Christmas offered a pinpoint focus.
This week does not.
School is out. But the weather tends to keep the kids inside.
Half the country is off this week. The other half is working to cover for them.
And we all are scrambling to make sure we've done all we need to do in 2009, and looking to gear up for that mountain we've got to climb named 2010.
Ready or not, here we go.
THE COMEBACKS: As we look to the future, get ready for the past.
The New York Times reports that TV studios are preparing remakes of past favorites including Hawaii Five-0 and The Rockford Files .
You would love to think that someone smart and clever and well-financed could recapture the magic of two of my favorite shows (back when I watched television).
These two were special because of their stars. But Jack Lord is dead, and James Garner is 81.
It's like trying to remake Dragnet without Jack Webb .
It's like Bonanza without Hoss.
STILL GIVING: Looking for a tax-deductible donation to make before the year ends? Don't forget our Empty Stocking Fund. You can still contribute by sending donations to The Augusta Chronicle 's Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.
Or you can drop off donations at the cashier's office at The Chronicle News Building, 725 Broad St., weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and at the Columbia County Bureau, Publix shopping center, 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Even easier is to donate online at augustachronicle.com/emptystocking.
YOUR MAIL: The final postcards of 2009 come from Marty and Doris Charnock who spent time this month at Disney World's Magic Kingdom ("The LED lighted floats were a sightful feast.").
Betty Benson also sent a card from Anniston, Ala., WAC VET Christmas Party, where she saw many of the "girls" she was stationed with at Fort McClellan from 1971 to 1974.
TODAY'S JOKE: At the urging of his doctor, Bill moved to Texas.
After settling in, he met a neighbor who was also an older man.
"Say, is this really a healthy place?" he asked.
"It sure is," the man replied. "When I first arrived here I couldn't say one word. I had hardly any hair on my head. I didn't have the strength to walk across a room and I had to be lifted out of bed."
"That's wonderful!" said Bill. "How long have you been here?"
"I was born here," the other man said.
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