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01/01/20 Be the Light

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

"My New Year's resolution is to be the light that protects you from the darkness in the New Year."

"Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn."

"Happy New Year!" "New Year? I haven't even finished with the previous year yet!"

"Those extra holiday pounds come in handy when you're sliding down the driveway on your butt!"

"This year, I resolve to procrastinate less!" "Honey, today is January 9th." "See, I'm better already! Last year I made the same resolution on February 15th."


“Sugar why don’t you sit down by the table and we’ll start supper.” Said Dorothy to her Husband of 50 years. “Sure thing,” said her husband settling himself down.

“Now darling, would you like the soup first or the salad?” Questioned Dorothy.

“Umm I guess I’ll take the soup.” He responded.

After a whole meal of one endearing term after another, their guest Bob couldn’t contain his curiosity any longer. Bob snuck into the kitchen and asked, “Dorothy do you always talk to your husband like that?”

“Bob, I’ll be honest with you,” Dorothy replied. “It’s been five years now, I just can’t remember his name, and I am just too embarrassed to ask him!”

It's New Year's 2020! We said "Good-bye" to 2019 last night, now we're ready for new commitments, new fortune, new peace, and new adventures.
--Apple Gifting Day: the tradition of giving gifts at the start of the new year goes back even to the Celtic druids and Romans; the tradition of giving apples to teachers was part of the American frontier; today reminds us how healthy apples are and they are a great gift to others besides the teacher.
--Commitment Day: today we renew commitments to others and/or renew/make new commitments to ourselves with new goals; what is your commitment to yourself this new year?
--Copyright Law Day: though we often don't think about this branch of law, it does prevent squabbling over ownership and fair usage of products created and intellectual property.
--Ellis Island Day: Ellis Island opened to process immigrants on January 1, 1892; through 1892 till 1954, 17 million immigrants passed through those gates; the island was reopened to tourists in 1990.
--Global Family Day: today is to encourage us to have this day as a day of peace and sharing with everyone as one family, no us/them.
--National Bloody Mary Day: a popular cocktail with vodka, tomato juice and spices, if you feel up to it; in the United States, the Bloody Mary is a common "Hair of the dog" drink, erroneously reputed to cure hangovers; however, the alcohol only numbs the discomfort; its reputation as a restorative beverage contributes to the popularity of the Bloody Mary in the morning and early afternoon, especially with brunch.
--National First-Foot Day: a Scottish and Northern English tradition that says the first person to cross the threshold after midnight would be seen as a bringer of good luck for the new year; however, this person could not have been in the house at midnight, so make arrangements with someone to visit.
--National Hangover Day: I imagine this day is well celebrated after last night; I'll bite my tongue…
--New Year's Dishonor List Day: every year, Lake Superior State University produces a list of words that should be stricken from the Queen's English for mis-use, over-use, and general uselessness; this year's list includes 'OK, Boomer' and 'quid pro quo'; we're not surprised.
--Polar Swim Day: if you live in a cold climate, you can probably find an event near you; every year, you see the brave souls jumping into frigid waters just for the challenge; I salute you but I'm going to stay dry and warm.
--Public Domain Day: as copyrighted ownership expires on the 31st, books, movies, and other media published in 1924 are now in the public domain and can be used without fear of lawsuits; sound recordings are exempt until 2025.
--Saint Basil's Day: observed by the Orthodox Christians, celebrating with gift-exchanges.
--World Day of Peace: observed by the Roman Catholics, started by Pope Paul VI in 1967; the Pope will make a speech regarding what is needed to bring peace to the world.
--The Mummer's Parade is in Philadelphia, PA; one of the oldest folk festivals with elaborate costumes. And, of course, we can't forget the Rose Bowl Parade and Game; I remember getting excited to see all the pretty floats on TV when I was a kid.
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