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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!

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There is nothing magical about crossing the threshold from the old year into the new year. Nevertheless, acknowledging the crossing of that threshold has a long tradition of offering a new start, particularly a time of looking forward with hope.  

We on the blogging team here at Always On Watch wish our readers a happy and healthy new year.  

May 2019 be kind to us all!

17 comments:

  1. _______ To a Glad New Year _______

    Toot the trumpets! Strike the strings and sing!
    On your feet! Step lively in the dance!
    Age and Youth alike are on the wing
    Going forward: Time moves like a lance
    Let loose by some celestial super strength
    Amidst the muck and mire of our dozing
    Driving us, reminding that life’s length
    Never gives us room for much reposing.
    Esurient? Appease the appetites
    Wholesome and pure. The body, gross and vile,
    Yields but sickly transient delights ~
    Evoking ennui with a knowing smile.
    Awake! A blessed New Year is at hand!
    Resolve to love and give without demand!


    ~ FreeThinke

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  2. ________ On New Year’s Day ________

    Our hope would be to take the roadblocks down
    No more to have to hide behind the walls
    Negativity built with a frown,
    Even though she smiles in gleaming halls
    Welcoming all with fawning falsity,
    Yet yearning all the while for something solid.
    Excitement dies in stuffy halls at tea,
    As hypocrisy makes discourse witless, stolid.
    Rarely may we speak without a filter.
    ‘Tis safer not, lest someone take offense.
    So, fearing to be thought bizarre –– off kilter ––
    Daft –– depraved –– or simply too intense ––
    A fear of ostracism serves P-C,
    Yielding a moribund society.


    ~ FreeThinke

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  3. Wishing you a wonderful New Year with much peace.

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    1. The same to you, Bunkerville, only I hope ALL of us may develop better COPING mechanisms this year and for the rest of our lives.

      Annoyance and Adversity are unavoidable, so it's HOW we CHOOSE to DEAL with THEM that makes all the difference. Half Full or Half Empty? –– and all that.

      It may sound corny in this cynical, world-weary day and age, but I pray every day to develop a more POSITIVE approach to everything –– come what may.

      At any rate i hope you have a lovely day today,a nd that 2019 will be very kind to you and everyone you hold dear.

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  4. ___ To Lifelong Frends On Entering ___
    _________Their Tenth Decade _________

    Nifty! There’s a piece of antique slang.
    It well describes this most engaging couple.
    Not too many remain quite so supple
    Entering their nineties with a bang.
    They’ve stayed involved, and managed with great skill
    Year by year appearing calm –– serene ––
    Yet eager to share insights ever green ––
    Ever gently tough –– to resist ill.
    An apparent lack of empathy once grated ––
    Ruffled feathers always long for smoothing!
    Self-control, however, is more soothing
    Once easy sympathy proves overrated.
    Longings to be whole are satisfied in
    Denying rights to mar what we take pride in.


    ~ FreeThinke

    THESE DEAR PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MORE THAN FRIENDS. I FIRST MET THEM 70 YEARS AGO. THEY'VE ACTED ALL ALONG AS TEACHERS AND MENTORS. WITHOUT THEIR CONSTRUCTIVE INFLUENCE I CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT MIGHT HAVE BECOME OF ME. HE PASSED ON THE AGE OF 94. SHE IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO CELEBRATING HER 96th in FEBRUARY. THOUGH NEVER FAMOUS I SEE THEM AS THE EMBODIMENT OF WHAT IT MEANS TO ACHIEVE TRUE SUCCESS IN THE ART OF LIVING.

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  5. A DRAM OF DISTILLED WISDOM

    As you proceed you need to heed
    This ancient adage droll:
    Keep your eye upon the doughnut
    And not upon the hole!


    ~ Father Time

    };^)>

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  6. Hey, all! Take a look at Powerline's Year in Pictures. Something there for almost everyone!

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  7. Journalists sure "dropped the ball" in 2018...(and not just in Times Square).

    Happy New Year!

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  8. Technology – nobody knows more about technology than me - Trump

    Obviously, I now expect MONUMENTAL advances in 2019.......

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  9. Got to stay positive, got to hope for the best, got to hope Americans wake up....and let us all remain SO grateful that the only other candidate for president was not elected.
    Amen.
    And HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU, AOW, to MR AOW and all of your terrific readers. (most of them :-))

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  10. Praying all goes well for you and Mr. AOW in the New Year.

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    1. Ed,
      Thank you. We've been having a rough four months. I do, however, hope to bring Mr. AOW home on Monday; the daily copay is a bear.

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