Happy New Year!!!

Taiwan 2014 fireworks
Taiwan 2014 Fireworks

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.” ~ Neil Gaiman

Welcome to 2014. I wish all of you much health, happiness, and prosperity in the coming year. May this be the year that I finally begin to get it right . . .

Sydney Harbor Fireworks 2014
Sydney Harbor Fireworks 2014

“I have the opportunity, once more to right some wrongs, to pray for peace, to plant some trees, and sing more joyful songs.” ~ William Arthur Ward

May your ails be small, your happiness immense, and your hearts filled with love and hope.

Victoria Harbor Hong Kong 2014
Victoria Harbor Fireworks, Hong Kong, 2014

“Watch out for each other. Love everyone and forgive everyone, including yourself. Forgive your anger. Forgive your guilt. Your shame. Your sadness. Embrace and open up your love, your joy, your truth, and most especially your heart.” ~ Jim Henson

Had to add New York and London, of course, which weren’t available when I created this post:

nyc times square 2014
NYC Times Square 2014 Celebration
Big Ben 2014 fireworks
London’s Big Ben, 2014 Fireworks

“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes.” ~ G. K. Chesterton

And may we all find a little more wisdom, have a little more patience, and give a little more freely.

From my house to yours, Peace.

Kuala Lumpur, Layasia fireworks 2014
2014 Fireworks, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Music by Dan Fogelberg, “Same Auld Lang Syne”


“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” ~Kahlil Gibran

Angel Oak Tree, approximately 1500 years old, Charleston, SC

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ~ William Arthur Ward

Are you listening, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker?

Music by the incomparable Mr. Louis Armstrong, “What a Wonderful World”