Happy New Year 2017. Do you set resolutions, or review past accomplishments? Or both? I gave up on resolutions several years ago. Why? It became depressing and somewhat self-defeating that not a single one lasted all year. I already know rush hour at the gym begins January 1 and fades by Valentine’s Day. The “I’ll work out/do yoga/write every day/be grateful/choose your goal” becomes “OK, three times a week is still good,” to “Well, you know, life just happens.” Still, a year has 365 days to start something new. To cross something, anything, off the bucket list. To add something to the dreams list. Looking back at 2016, here’s what I crossed off. Look out 2017, here I come.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Everything my friends. Whatever your belief, I hope the light of the season and the message of peace fills your spirit and homes. In a week, my Navy son will be home for the first time in two years. I can’t wait.
Where there is hurt, may it be lessened. Where there is abundance, may there be gratitude. Where there are blessings, may they be shared abundantly. And one of my favorite sayings my daughter Jamie and I share, Treat Every Day Like Christmas.
Wesołych Świąt / Szczęśliwego święta Chanuka
Fröhliche Weihnachten / Fröhliches Hanukkah
Joyeux Noël / Joyeux Hanoucca
Feliz Navidad / Feliz Jánuca
Buon Natale / Felice Hanukkah
I’m sending a special thank you to the Polish American Congress of Arizona for graciously including me on their guest list for the 42nd Annual Polish Heritage Ball. The event, timed closely to Polish Independence Day, was a true celebration of Polish culture from folk dancing to Chopin. More photos below. Continue reading
Polish Independence Day is celebrated every year on November 11. In the United States, we celebrate November 11 as Veterans Day. The United Kingdom celebrates November 11 as Armistice Day. The single event all commemorations trace back to is the end of World War I on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month. Germany signed an armistice agreement with the Allies that morning. Poland returned to the map of Europe for the first time in 123 years.