1. Me to Joe, at the movie theater, wearing 3D glasses to see The Hobbit: “You look like a bad ass.” He answers, “And you look like Jackie O.”
2. Poems tell more than they say. They convey, as if mutely, the condition of the mind that made them, and this is a large part of their meaning and their worth. –Wendell Berry
3. I like to write poetry because I don’t like having nothing to say, or having nothing new to say, or having nothing to say in a new way.
4. Stink Bug Makes a New Year’s Resolution HERE.
5. I always feel sort of let down after the holidays and try to remember what the Tibetan Buddhist Mingyur Rinpoche said: You need to try to master the ability to feel sad without actually being sad.
6. In a 2005 New York Times story about the country of Bhutan making the Gross National Happiness (as opposed to Gross National Product) a priority, it was reported that the United States is only the 23rd happiest country in the world.
7. During the holidays, we also watched Roko Belic’s 2011 documentary movie called The Happy Movie, reviewed in The Aspen Times like this: “Belic’s camera captures people in less-than-ideal circumstances: a rickshaw puller in an Indian slum; an American woman who was disfigured in an accident; a group of Japanese widows. But the emotional content of these lives is contentment and gratitude for what they have, especially in human companionship…”
8. I’m suspicious of the word happy. Maybe because I think of it as being preceded by slap and because I doubt it can last.
9. My favorite quote on happiness is by poet Robert Frost: Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
10. I bet the letter we received from our 5-year-old grandson Bryce (pictured here) made the mailman smile.
11. I have loved Scottish singer/songwriter Dougie MacLean for decades and was happy when my sister posted his version of the Scottish song Auld Lang Syne on Facebook. Listen HERE.
12. 1986 Flashback: If you have an old 1986 calendar you can use it for 2014 because the dates match up perfectly. And if you’re the type to plan ahead, 2014 calendars can be used in 2025.
13. I’m proud of the blisters I got dancing to The Kind at The Pine on New Year’s Eve while wearing a red crown on my head. See HERE.