Tuesday, January 3, 2023

We Laugh, We Weep, We Hope, We Fear ...

Sonnenaufgang auf dem Fichtelberg
Deutsches Erzgebirge, Sachsen

So yes, it's 2023, a brand new year. Do I feel different? Do things look different?

No to both questions, however ...

There's always the potential for change, change for the better, it can happen. But not if we ourselves remain set in our ways.

How can we change things for the better? Love each other, respect each other, stop repeating all of the bad crap that is going on, "out there."

There will always be bad stuff, but why bring it up? Constantly.

I have friends and acquaintances who seem to revel in posting bad news and the idiocy of the powers that be on Facebook and on MeWe. Enough is enough. If you can't say something nice ...

Get my drift?

It's a lovely day, I'm with family. That's all that really matters.

The Year
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?

The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.

We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.

We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.

We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead.

We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of the year.


  1. Sorry the first comment you got is spam, Sarge.
    Being with family IS all that really matters; we prize that time. It's nice to focus on the here-and-now when we can.
    Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
    Boat Guy

  2. There's always a few walking about with a cloud over their heads raining 24/7 and some enjoy giving bad news. Would be nice to see the spammers spammed.......... :)

  3. Sarge, sometimes such people remind of monomaniacs, always bringing everything back to the point that they feel they have to make. It rapidly becomes tiresome and eventually they get tuned out by the people (in theory) they are trying to "enlighten".

    Have a lovely time with your family. As Juvat reminded all of us yesterday, it really might be the last time. We never know.

    1. Cry "wolf" enough times and people tune you out.

  4. With the calendar roll over what you really get is a reason for hope, a reason many people share.
    But some people are just not interested in hope, shrug your shoulders & get on with your day.

    Happy New year Sarge!

  5. I shake my head about the problems we're facing so it's hard for me not to express those concerns, although I don't do it much here anymore. I pray more though to help alleviate my worries, and hold my family closer. Happy New Year to everyone.

    1. It ain't you, it's the people on Facebook (and MeWe) whose posts are nothing but a never-ending stream of negativity. It's like they don't have anything nice to share.

    2. Oh, I know, but I realize that I could resemble those people that spout a bit too much negativity at times. It's not healthy to be that way, at least doing that more often than not.

    3. You also post lots of happy stuff. Sunsets, family, Sandy Eggo, etc.

    4. Which I'll continue to do. It's my koobfac page that I get vocal.

  6. Hope springs eternal ... that's why there are weed wackers.

    Which are a different kind of hope.

    May the New Year bring you more joys than woes, is what I want for us, and for you and yours.

    1. I tend to get more happy than sad, I am blessed. Hopefully everyone else will be as well.

  7. But life goes on. Richard Erdoes in "AD 1000" tells how a thousand years ago Pope Sylvester II conducted the midnight Mass on December 31, 999, with many of the worshipers afraid to look at him while waiting for the world to end with the New Year.

  8. Had a good 2 weeks this summer in Maine and here with family I rarely see who returned for 2 weeks here for Christmas school break and is talking about shaking the Spokane off his shoes and relocating here in the summer after graduation. Very nice time. On the other front? Well, it’s nearly time to write Dover Beach again…..
    Have a very merry new year!


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