Damn the Fireworks and Pass the Black-eyed Peas

January 2, 2021

New Year’s Eve in San Antonio sounds like a war zone. Sleep is disturbed, our pets run under the bed or cower in a closet. But this year, I didn’t curse the noise, or even what I’m sure was some gunfire as well. I was hearing it as a proclamation that 2020 was done and the possibilities of a better year are on the horizon.

Five suggestions for the New Year

Here in Texas, we eat our Black-eyed peas for good luck. I think it works, I forgot mine last year and look what happened!

  1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: means stop buying stuff from Amazon or anywhere except thrift or reuse stores; make interesting meals from left-overs; repurpose things around the house. Some great ideas for materials reuse are on the Spare Parts webpage.

2. Do some yoga. There are lots of resources online. I personally use the chair/standing classes available on the Silver Sneakers Facebook page. You don’t have to be a member to view the videos. Also take a walk everyday outside if you can.

3. Find activities that give you joy. Modify or quit doing those that don’t.

4. Appreciate what you have. Help others however you can. Pray for those in need.

5. Wear your mask when you go out.


Snow Storm Creates New Year’s Vows

December 31, 2009

Christmas Eve, my husband and I drove from San Antonio, north to Mineral Wells to spend the holiday at the Double J Hacienda and Art Ranch. As we progressed on our journey, what started out as light rain, became sleet which quickly turned into snow.  George Curtis is credited with saying “The new year begins in a snow-storm of white vows. ” So later, warm and cozy at the Double J, I stared out at the silent, sparkling winter wonderland and contemplated my 2010 new year’s resolutions.

A tradition which began about 4,000 years ago, marking the new year seems intrinsic to our human nature.  It is the time of year we appreciate and celebrate the cycle of renewal and rebirth. This practice probably made more sense when the new year began at Vernal Equinox or the first day of spring.  Even so, about 400 years ago, when January became the first month of the year in the Western world, we continued the old tradition–just at a different time.  It is an opportunity to reflect on the previous year, to start afresh, begin anew, and make those new year’s resolutions.

In my life, resolutions most often included eating or cussing less, going to church and exercising more, improving relations with family, and so on.  This year, I want to stay calm in the face of uncertainty, stay strong for my friend with cancer, and stop being too judgmental.  Oh, and to stop watching those insipid 24-hour TV news shows that just make me angry.

As you contemplate your own New Year’s resolutions, think about how you can: spend more time with your family or friends; broaden your horizons with a book club or class; walk 30 minutes a day; bring joy into your life; bring joy to others.  Let me know.

Music by Jerry Jeff Walker

Published on January 1. 2010 www.alamocitytimes.com