January 25, 2011 – Celebrate Robbie Burns

Scottish Highlands
Robbie Burns Day is coming soon so mark your calendar. And make sure you have Haggis on hand. My favourite Robbie Burns poem has just be sung across the world on January 1, 2011.
Auld Lang Syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?
And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I’ll be mine,
And we’ll tak a cup o kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!
We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou’d the gowans fine,
But we’ve wander’d monie a weary fit,
Sin auld lang syne.
We twa hae paidl’d in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin auld lang syne.
And there’s a hand my trusty fiere,
And gie’s a hand o thine,
And we’ll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.

Pot of Gold!

Somewhere over the rainbow…

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”  Dolly Parton

My thought is, the Pot of Gold is easy to find, if you know where to look.  And I know where to look – I found the treasure map in a book that I picked up at a used bookstore.  Anyone up for treasure hunting in 2011?

The Gift of Joy

Joy to the World

This Christmas, I received a parcel from a dear friend who lives on the other side of the continent.  As I opened the package, JOY dropped into my hand. The Christmas ornament reminded me that the greatest gift of the season is joy.  May you all experience joy in full measure as we enter a new decade.

Christmas and the Dog

December 20, 2005

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. ~Dr Seuss

Whenever I think of Christmas, I remember Whoville and the dog.  The Grinch’s heart grew that day, but I was always amazed by the willing and accommodating spirit of the Grinch’s dog.  The dog always believed in the Grinch.  In my humble opinion,  the dog had the biggest heart of all!

Nature Formed Me Fierce

The Heavens Opened

“Nature formed me fierce.” Lady Caroline Lamb

Lady Caroline Lamb was a British aristocrat and a novelist.  Her exploits were legendary, even for our time.  Her husband was the 2nd Viscount Melbourne, the Prime Minister, but she is best known for her scandalous affair with Lord Byron in 1812.  She said Lord Byron was “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.”  She never took her own advice.  But there was so much more to her life, so I will be coming back to Lady Caroline Lamb in future blogs.  Stay tuned.