Blink: Christmas Passes

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I must have blinked very hard because Christmas has come and gone. In some ways, it feels like whiplash as you look around: say, what? Christmas? What? It’s gone already? Check. Yep, the radio stations promptly stopped playing Christmas music at 12:00 am December 26 because now it’s time to focus on Valentine’s Day! I’m happy to say that Pandora is still playing my Christmas Choral Classics to coordinate with my twinkling Christmas lights that I’ll take down on Epiphany (or a couple of days after).

This year, though, all attention is on the end of the decade. The only time I remember this much attention being paid to an end of a decade was 1999 when everyone thought the world might end because of: computers and the new millennium. Perhaps it’s because we’re all focused on all of the crises. Frankly, politically, economically, environmentally it’s been a few crappy years, and we are in desperate need of a reboot. I just hope it’s not too late for a climate reboot.

Later today I’m off to celebrate the New Year in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which has been my tradition for the past six or seven years. Things have changed. I have changed. But I hope the ocean will provide me with inspiration and respite.

These days I’m too aware of how transient our situations are. The climate. The environment. Somehow the earth has become second to megalomaniac politicians. I hope a new decade provides us with the necessary guidance to elect officials who will think beyond lining pockets and look to saving the world, and us, and not just themselves.

I also hope that the polarizing individuals on both sides of the political aisle will fade and be replaced by people of education and reason. Okay. I know, that’s never going to happen, but I am allowed to hope!

Any plans for New Year’s? Got a good book to read? Any goals? Resolutions? What are you hopes for the new decade? Tell me about it all!

I’m leaving you with one of my favorite Christmas hymns, “In the Bleak Mid-winter.” The words are from poet Christina Rossetti who wrote it as “A Christmas Carol” in 1872. The first time I (remember hearing/) heard the song was from a Windham Hill Christmas compilation and the singer was Pierce Pettis, not a household name, but someone whose voice resonates.

Cheers, my friends.

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