Happy New Year! And goodbye until Jan. 7! ;)
I am on the road again. Quentin and I are heading to Biloxi for the week. If you miss me too much, you can always see what I'm up to on Twitter. (And don't miss the special New-Year's-Traditions-and-Treats Edition of the Carnival of the Recipes!)
In the meantime, did you know that New Year's Day is one of the world's oldest holidays? It was first observed the ancient Babylonians over 4,000 years ago (but they celebrated on the first day of spring, not Jan. 1). They even made resolutions like us - but there most popular one was to return borrowed farm equipment, not lose weight or get organized.
Charles Lamb once said that New Year's Day is every man's birthday, and I do believe in all the new-leaf hoopla (even if we have all forgotten it by February).
And here's wishing you and yours the best of all life has to offer in 2008. Here are a few of my favorite New Year's sayings:
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.
~Henry Ward Beecher
New Year's Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.
We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.
~Edith Lovejoy Pierce
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.