Mary E. Adair
"New Year's Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change."
--Sarah Ban Breathnach
Dreams. That sounds serendipitous. Try it for yourself and dream the change you need in your life. The world sees changes daily in weather patterns, shifts in populated areas, trends in food, reading material, and always something new in digital commerce. Don't be left behind. Dream.
Christmas found your editor traveling a bit, a nice change in routine, surroundings, and catching up with family - new babies, new faces in the family gathering. Visits are so good for a change.
Bud Lemire's poem "Looking Back on The Year" fits the subject - what changes were noted, while his "On The Fence" urges all not to miss out on life. His other poems this issue are "Always Be You," "The Light from The Other Side," "Sundog," and "D.A.T.A."
Bruce Clifford composed "Did She Ever Care" and "I Can't Get Over Losing You." Dayvid Clarkson wrote and arranged a beautiful pictorial tribute to Samantha, the daughter of our friend Minstrel Dave Sterenchock, "Daddy, Don't Cry for Me."
John I. Blair's poems for January are: "Early December Night," "I Bless The Sight," "Masked Face," "I Sail Alone Within My Skin," "Book Love Lost" and "A Panda in My Parlor." The latter was written to please one of his granddaughters who loves Panda's.
Dayvid Clarkson's column "Reflections of the Day," has another tribute, in memory of his mother. Moving words and thoughts, but an underlying, supportive strength marks it as restorative. "Introspective" (Thomas F. O'Neill's column) presents an interesting article by Jane Gargas, about a Kansas lady, who is now 106 years old.
Mattie Lennon, in his "Irish Eyes" passes on some info from a Kilgarvan man on the origin of some common words, in general usage but with interesting and rather surprising sources. The post office of Ireland also figures in his column this month.
Rod Cohenour in"Cooking With Rod," has a tasty recipe or four to make New Year's Day a feast day using traditional favorites. "Armchair Genealogy" by Melinda Cohenour is filled with hints on how to expedite your personal genealogy research by using Ancestry's DNA searches, and how to accomplish it.
LC Van Savage's column "Consider This," reminisces about the Chinese Cupboard in her childhood. Her article "Dear Lizzie:" recalls her real BFF. The other article is the annual numerology analysis graciously shared by Michael John Fierro, author of the book, "You Know Your Name...Look up Your Numbers" which is an excellent guide your editor finds not only entertaining but very useful.
Happy New Year! Yes it is you I'm looking at now
See you in February !!!
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