Monday, January 02, 2012

New Year

2011 was not the best of years for me, with many deaths and some health issues to deal with but it ended on the highest possible note with the birth of granddaughter Elizabeth Orla. The new year promises to be filled with activity, we are already booked for babysitting at the end of January, and there is nothing quite like a full diary to keep away the gloom.

Susan Coolidge (1835 -1905) is probably best known for her children's novels, especially the "Katy" books. I have recently discovered that she also wrote poetry and this seems an appropriate choice for the beginning of the year:

New every morning

Every day is a fresh beginning,
Listen my soul to the glad refrain.
And, spite of old sorrows
And older sinning,
Troubles forecasted
And possible pain,
Take heart with the day and begin again. 

Happy New Year to you all. May 2012 be a happy, healthy and peaceful year for you and yours.


  1. Wishing you all the best for the year to come!

  2. Dear Maureen, that poem's the best. Wishing for you the best year yet, full of joy, good health, and grandchildren giggles. Happy New Year. xx

  3. Thank you Margaretha and Jodi. I wish you both the very best of years.

  4. That is a lovely poem ..quietly inspiring
    Have a Great 2012 and Many Congratulations to all!

  5. What a nice poem.
    And I love the name Orla. The grandchildren will surely bring much joy in this new year.

  6. Hello Maureen
    Happy New Year to you and your ever growing family
    I can really relate to the words of that poem -thank you for posting it.
    Take care

  7. Val, Nan and Cathy

    Happy New Year to you all. Thank you for your kind words; I feel that I have been away from the blog for so long that you had probably all forgotten me! I will try to do better this year.


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