Happy New Year 2007!
- Hello everyone and happy new year!
I celebrated a belated Christmas with family and New Year's Arizona
desert style this year. The temperature was a little colder than usual
out there for this time of year so with New Year's Day at 55F on the
East Coast and at 60ish in the Southwest desert there wasn't much of a
difference. Certainly the bright sun and cactus were different though!
My mother had put a large Agave stalk in a pot in the front yard and
wrapped red and gold ribbon around the stalk and hung shiny red and
gold ball ornaments on the branches. There were some blossoms on the
branch as well and it sat right outside the view from the windows by
their kitchen table.
To my total delight, hummingbirds were quite entranced with the shiny
bright red colours on the Agave and kept coming all day long to drink
from the blossoms. I guess hummingbirds like the colour red and this
holiday yard decoration turned into a hummingbird feeder. I could
hardly drag myself away what with trying to catch good photos of the
hummingbird and other birds in the yard. Some of those might follow later.
We went to a recreation of the American West - a street that was
supposed to be like the times of the cowboys in the American West in
the 1800's. It was called "Rawhide" and as I looked at the covered
wagons and such I wondered if the U.S. is one of the only places with
this flavor of history. Maybe also some places in South America and
Australia/New Zealand? I mention the latter as I remember Shardul's
tales of herding cattle.
I actually have relatives who left behind written accounts of their
own travels by covered wagon as they migrated across the country back
at that time. This pioneer spirit is something I "brand" as a very
formative aspect of what the American character comprises.
But the New Year is a time to look forward and I'm here writing about
America's past. When I think of the poems and essays by Sri Chinmoy
that I have read, one theme which appears again and again is the power
of newness and fresh beginnings. I'm glad it is a new year and hope to
learn soon Sri Chinmoy's New Year's Message for 2007. Since every day
even begins anew, I close with a quote from "My Morning Begins" which
is available full text at:
My morning begins,
And I closely listen
To the singing heartbeat
Of my life.