Good bye 2014, hello 2015

December 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

In the final hours of 2014, let all reminisce the memories of the past year – the friends we just met and those who left us, the places we visited, the goals we accomplished, and all moments of happiness and of sadness. Sayonara 2014.


10 Cheers to the New Year

December 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

First cheer is for the American soldiers –
The heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice
and the living heroes who are steadfast to their duty.

Second cheer is for the new parents —
The young mothers who taste the bitterness and sweetness of motherhood
and the young fathers who are willing to share their burdens.

Third cheer is for the students —
The bright ones who lead by achievement
and the diligent ones who lead by example.

Fourth cheer is for the entrepreneurs.
Your creative minds and bold visions move us forward.
Never lose your dreams.

Fifth cheer is for the volunteers.
Your unrivaled dedication and passion help change the world.
Don’t let your flames of compassion die.

Sixth cheer is for police officers and firefighters —
Those who diligently maintain the peace
and those who protect us from fiery destruction.

Seventh cheer is for doctors and health care workers.
Your healing touch saves countless lives and brings hope to humanity.

Eighth cheer is for the entertainers —
The actors who bring joys and tears to their audience
and the singers who provide food for the soul.

Ninth cheer is for those who are in love or will be in love.
May your love blossom and bloom.

Tenth cheer is for the rest of us —
Young and old, tall and short, lonely and popular, realists and dreamers.
May the New Year bring many more cheers.

Quotes of the Day – New Year

December 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” Bill Vaughn

“The book is opened, but its pages are blank. We are going to put words on the pages ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” Edith Lovejoy Pierce

“New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.” James Agate

“New Year’s is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, friendly calls, and humbug resolutions.” Mark Twain

“My resolutions for next year are: compete in & win American Idol, pick up the Nobel Peace Prize, travel around the globe in 79.5 days, and become Warren Buffett’s apprentice.” Mr. Simon

Merry Christmas to all!

December 25, 2014 § Leave a comment


“May the Christmas spirit melt away the rogue Arctic air.” Mr. Simon

My Favorite Christmas Songs, Part II

December 24, 2014 § Leave a comment


#3 White Christmas

#2 Jingle Bells

#1 Silent Night

My Favorite Christmas Songs, Part I

December 23, 2014 § Leave a comment


#6 We Wish You a Merry Christmas

#5 Feliz Navidad

#4 Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Quotes of the Day – Christmas

December 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” Calvin Coolidge

“The earth has grown old with its burden of care. But at Christmas, it always is young. The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair. And when the song of angels is sung, soulful music breaks the air.” Phillips Brooks

“I have always thought of Christmas as a good time; a kind, forgiving, generous, pleasant time; a time when men and women seem to open their hearts freely. God bless Christmas!” Charles Dickens

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, & hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings, rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” Agnes M. Pharo

“When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow, we hear sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago, and etched on vacant places are half-forgotten faces of friends we used to cherish, and love we used to know.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“The festive bells announced the birth of the Redeemer and the ornamental tree adorned his arrival.” Mr. Simon

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