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Auld Lang Syne: To Old Friends

December 31st, 2009 Comments off

Growing up I heard Guy Lombardo’s band every New Year’s Eve playing Auld Lang Syne.  

In Scottish auld lang syne literally means “old long since”, English translation would be something like “long long ago”.  Although the song begins with a question whether old times should be forgotten, the song is generally interpreted as a call to remember long standing friendships.

Robert Burns sent a copy of the original song to the Scots Musical Museum with the remark, “The following song, an old song, of the olden times, and which has never been in print, nor even in manuscript until I took it down from an old man”. 

Here is part of the song.   

Old Long Syne, by James Watson (1711)

Should Old Acquaintance be forgot,
and never thought upon;
The flames of Love extinguished,
and fully past and gone:
Is thy sweet Heart now grown so cold,
that loving Breast of thine;
That thou canst never once reflect
on Old long syne.

On Old long syne my Jo,
in Old long syne,
That thou canst never once reflect,
on Old long syne.

My Heart is ravisht with delight,
when thee I think upon;
All Grief and Sorrow takes the flight,
and speedily is gone;
The bright resemblance of thy Face,
so fills this, Heart of mine;
That Force nor Fate can me displease,
for Old long syne.


“Sleep Tight”

December 31st, 2009 Comments off

In Shakespeare’s
time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.
When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened,
making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the
phrase…’Goodnight , sleep tight’

This is true, or not.


New Year’s Eve

December 31st, 2009 Comments off


Thad and Tender:


Okay, Thad, read your list.

My list?

Of new year’s resolutions.  Haven’t you written a list?


I thought we’d read them tonight.

Why don’t you just read me yours ?

Just forget about it!

Now Tender, come back here. It is 11:50 and if you aren’t watching Dick Clark with me then I’m going to bed.

Dick Clark?  I thought he had a stroke.  

He did, but look at him, he’s still in there.  That takes courage. 

It sure does.  

Okay Tender, I resolve to do better in 2010.

At what?

At everything.  I’ll be more interesting, more dashing, more exciting. Why, I’ll  even be younger.

laughing And how are you going to manage that?

I don’t know, but I resolve to do my best to at least think younger.  How’s that?

We’ll see.

Now,what do you resolve, Tender Marie?

Do you really want to hear?

Of course,  read your list.

Well, I want to lose 10 pounds;   finish the sweater I started knitting three years ago; call my sisters and brothers more often; and worry less.

If that’s what you’re talking about, well, I’m going to call the kids more often myself;  I’m going to clean out the workshop ; and I’m going to take Big Boy to the dog park at least once a week.  

Hey! You did make a list!  

Guess I did after all.

Should old acquaintance be forgot  . . . There it goes, there’s the ball falling in Times Square!  Happy New Year Thad!

Happy New Year !  Well, that’s it!   It is 2010 in New York and way past my bedtime.  

 Thad, I wonder what 2010 has in store for us.

Maybe it is better that we don’t know, hon.  

hmmm   I guess so.  



Book Club: Afghanistan

December 30th, 2009 Comments off


Two of the last books I have read 1n 2009, are by Khaled Hosseini:

The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.img770

Different reviewers called them: Mesmerizing, gripping, beautifully written, compelling, powerful, illuminating, powerful, haunting, moving and unexpected, riveting…unforgettable, evocative …and genuine, extraordinary.

I agree.  

My heart goes out to the people  of Afghanistan, who struggle every day against the forces of violence.   

My heart also goes out to our young men and women who have to go into such a region.  God help them. God help them all.



On This Date

December 30th, 2009 Comments off


                                      On this date in History:

                                                                         Stomach flu hits Indonesian Island;

                                                                         first Bali ache.


Seriously Speaking

December 30th, 2009 1 comment

One of the rules I have for myself is that this blog will not be political. It is a place to inspire or amuse, not to spreadPhoto 202 discord.  But today I received an email  that disturbed me so much that I feel I must say this:

the Bible says that we are to pray for those in authority over us.  To me that means that we should pray for his or her judgment, wisdom, ethics, protection, and moral support.  It does not mean that we should pray evil against them, or wish them ill.

When a Republican was in office, I prayed for him to succeed, not fail.   Now that a Democrat is in office, I pray  for him with equal sincerity.  That is what we are commanded to do, and I take that charge seriously.

As people of faith, we can do no less.

Poem by Jimmy L. Simpson

December 29th, 2009 Comments off


                                  Little Boy

                                                       Little boy, I’m helping you with my heart

      13841_103596786325716_100000261860572_95200_5381429_n-1As you play and grow

      And grasp and know—

     I hope you get that running start.

     I’m watching you throw that stone

     And marking where it lands

     For every man must bear his own

     And weigh them in his hands.

     Little boy,

     I’m giving you all I can;

    There’s so much I want to do

    But you’re not me, and I’m not you

    And I’m not playing in the sand

                                                             But once I did in yesterday

                                                             And threw my stones as you are now

                                                             But tomorrow’s sudden wind somehow

                                                             Came and blew my sands away!

                                                             So, Little Boy, laugh and play

                                                             Grow and know and hurl a stone

                                                             Build your castles come  what may

                                                             For tomorrow’s sands are yours alone.

Read more of Jimmy L. Simpson’s poetry at

photo is of Austin, Jimmy and Lottie’s Grandson


December 28th, 2009 Comments off


                        As long as you keep a person down, some part of you

                         has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you

                         cannot soar as you otherwise might.”

                         Marian Anderson, American Singer

4 States to Go!

December 28th, 2009 2 comments

I started this blog January 24, 2009,

so I have a month to complete my goalPhoto 164

of reaching all 50 states.

I am down to the last four,

so if you know anyone in these

states, will you do me a favor and send them

the address?

Ask them to check the site out and hopefully

they will like it.

I am not just wanting the numbers, I want people in all

50 states to become members of my cyber family.

Okay now, who do you know in


South Dakota

West Virginia


I’m looking forward to putting a star on each state on my map.  I don’t

care if it sounds silly, I find pleasure in the small things . . . that way I

never have a shortage of things to enjoy!

Thanks for your help!   Mary

As Mae Said . . .

December 28th, 2009 Comments off



                                             “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”


                                              Mae West




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