Photo: Jay Huang
New Year's Eve 2016, San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge
Life goes by so very fast, my dears, and taking the time to reflect, even once a year,
slows things down.
We zoom past so many seconds, minutes, hours, killing them with the frantic way we live
that it's important we take at least this one collective sigh and stop, take stock,
and acknowledge our place in time before diving back into the melee.
Midnight on New Year's Eve is a unique kind of magic where, just for a moment,
the past and the future exist at once in the present.
Whether we're aware of it or not, as we countdown together to it,
we're sharing the burden of our history and committing to the promise of tomorrow.”
― Hillary DePiano
Photo: Eli Duke
Antarctica: New Year's Day hike to Castle Rock
The name Arctic comes from the Greek word Arktos, which means bear.
The bears in question are not polar, but celestial: the Great and the Little Bear,
constellations visible only in the Northern Hemisphere.
Antarktikos – Antarctica – is thus the opposite of “the land of the bear”
and is situated on the other side of the planet.
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
Photo: Randi Hausken
Vestmarka Recreation Area, Oslomarka, Norway
Whether we want them or not, the New Year will bring new challenges;
whether we seize them or not, the New Year will bring new opportunities.
– Michael Josephson
Photo: Tatiana Bulyonkova
The Bohemian Waxwing does not hold breeding territories,
probably because the fruits it eats are abundant, but available only for short periods.
One consequence of this non-territorial lifestyle is that it has no true song. It does not need one to defend a territory.
The name "Bohemian" reflects their unconventional and seemingly carefree lifestyle.
The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year.
It is that we should have a new soul.
— G.K. Chesterton
Boxing Day 2016
We spend January 1st 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.
– Ellen Goodman
Photo: Brian Holland
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Photo: Coral Lacey
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
~ Norman Vincent Peale
Worthington, Ohio 1928
Photo: Don O'Brien
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
― Charles Dickens
Photo: Martin Fisch
Bowness Lagoon Hours:
5am - 11pm Daily
(New Year's Eve - till 2am)
- Rentals available -
“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world
in a conspiracy of love.”
― Hamilton Wright Mabie
Photo: Jorbasa Fotografie
Sometimes it’s worth getting lost to see who will come looking for us.
Stonehenge is an ancient pre-historic site in Wiltshire, England.
It has been a place of worship and celebration at the time of the
Winter Solstice since time immemorial.
On the two annual solstices ― summer and winter ―
the sun respectively rises and sets
in perfect alignment with the site’s massive stones.
The Winter Solstice is the time of ending and beginning, a powerful time --
a time to contemplate your immortality.
A time to forgive, to be forgiven, and to make a fresh start. A time to awaken.
– Frederick Lenz
Photo: Jan Tik
The true mark of maturity
is when somebody hurts you
and you try to understand their situation
instead of trying to hurt them back.
Photo: David Gabino
As we grow older, our Christmas lists get shorter,
because what we want can’t be bought.
Photo: Julie Anne Johnson
I didn't know the full dimensions of forever,
but I knew it was longer than waiting for Christmas to come.
- Richard Brautigan
Photo: Gina Spadafori
Looking back you realize that a very special person passed briefly through your life -
and it was you.
It is not too late to find that person again.
– Robert Brault
Photo: Antonio Castagna
The trick to getting things done
is to list things to do in a doable order.
Photo: H Matthew Howarth
In Mexico, the poinsettia is called
flor de la Nochebuenao flower of the Holy Night.
At Christmastime, the flower blooms and flourishes, the quite exquisite red stars
lighting up the countryside.
everything will make perfect sense
so for now,
laugh at the confusion,
smile through the tears
and keep reminding yourself
that everything happens for a reason.”
Photo: Sherman Geronimo-Tan
"Sometimes you feel like giving up,
but then you look at other people who have given up,
and the results aren't that good."
- Robert Brault
Photo: Kevin Dooley
"I don't think you can feel entitled and still be happy.
Happiness always comes from feeling that you've been blessed."
- Robert Brault
Photo: Kurt Bauschardt
"You have to let people see what you wrote.
It will never be perfect, but perfect is overrated."
“Don’t worry that children never listen to you.
Worry that they are always watching you.”
~ Robert Fulghum
Photo: Jeff Wallace
12 Acres Restaurant, St. Albert, Alberta
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience
can never go back to its old dimensions.”
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
“Some people believe
that holding on and hanging in there
are signs of strength,
but there are times in life
when it takes much more strength
just to let go.”
~ Ann Landers
Photo: Takashi Hososhima
“It matters not
how educated, talented,
rich or cool we are.
Ultimately the way we treat people
proclaims who and what we are.”
~ Willy Nywening
“Though no one can go back
and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now
and make a brand new beginning.”
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