January 4, 2018

It’s 2018 !  I always remember when a date like that seemed like science fiction for sure.  At any rate, it is just another year, just another date as the days fly by.

Truly, I do pray that the coming year will turn out to be better in some way than the last one. Most of my family and friends are getting older, just as I am, and so it becomes harder to believe in a “happy” future.  We all suffer aches and pains and diseases of one kind or another.  And then, knowing that 2018 will include a proliferation of political advertising makes one want to put their head in the sand and groan.  Not as bad as the presidential election years, I guess.

We had a very warm fall here in New Mexico, but now it is winter.  Winter here means temperatures during the day in the 50s and 60s (sometimes even 70s) and cold nights.  We are at 4000 ft.altitude, so that is why we have cold nights.  But most days are sunny, making the cooler temperatures easy to take.

I had a quiet Christmas….sang in 3 different church services on the 24th, and went to a Christmas Day service at St.James Episcopal with my dear friends Barb and Jim Toth.  Barb plays organ there.  Then the 3 of us had a lovely buffet dinner at a restaurant.

We had a “Watchnight” service at our church on New Year’s Eve.  I was surprised to see that planned as I had not been to one since I was a child.  I well remember going to a NY Eve gathering at someone’s home and then near midnight they would have a worship service and pray the new year in. I guess it was a novel idea to everyone as only 6 of us showed up for the midnight communion service.  I heard that it had been suggested by an African-American man who attends our church, and he had said it was an African-American church tradition.  However, I don’t think that is where our custom came from in B.C. back in the 1940s and 50s.  I would be interested to know if any of my readers remember anything similar.

I do think it a splendid idea to pray in the New Year instead of partying.  Prayer is so needed.

So…..anyhoo….. I was planning to publish 2 or 3 poems here today, but I am dismayed at being unable to space the lines to make them look like they should look.  So I’m not going to put any more poems on this blog until I can get someone to help me figure out how to do it right.  I’m not terribly expert at any kind of technology.  I do hate it when the poems appear double-spaced and all on the left margins.  That is not the way I write them !!













One thought on “January 4, 2018

  1. Happy New Year, Carolyn – I hope you have a good year ahead: fewer health problems, and many joyous times with friends and relatives. You are right about the proliferation of political news – I find what comes from the U.S. increasingly distressing – tend to mute the TV when Trump comes on. I was interested in your reference to a Watchnight Service – you are right; they are not observed very often any more, at least as far as I know . They were common in my youth, and yet when I first came here to Olivet Baptist Church, in 1979, the then pastor had one for a few years after that as I recall – we would meet about 8:30 or so – had some games of some kind it seems to me, then refreshments, and finally worship and communion to see the new year in. I can’t help you with your question about lines in typing your poetry – I have not noticed anything wrong with the way you presented your poems, but perhaps it was difficult to get the lines the way you wanted. I hope you do send poems from time to time anyway – and perhaps someone else can help you out. We are in for a week of rain, but not too cold fortunately. Again, blessings on you in 2018. Love, Elsie


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