I love how we celebrate New Years in America. I’m not talking about the party but how we reflect on our shared triumphs for the year. This year my daughter was baptized, my sister was able to get pregnant, my brother graduated seminary and received his Chaplin degree at the same time and Finney Painting merged with Heritage Custom Painting (I get to work with my best friend every day doing something I love).
The New Year feels so fresh, so full of the possibilities for our triumphs to continue and new ones to come. I love setting goals for the new year, even if my no soda goal already didn’t turn out the way I wanted it too. A little stumble just means figure it out and try harder.
Did you have a really big triumph this year you’d like to share? I would love to hear about it. How about a big goal for this year? Drop a line and we would love to celebrate with you. I’m going to try the soda thing again and probably again after that.
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2020: It Has Sounded Like the Future for Years!
You have arrived at the year 2020 -a historic year where we have finally trained animals to do the hard work, like the gorilla that flies the family helicopter. The only thing we worry about is that, what with self-cleaning houses and all, the animals will be unemployed.
Oh wait, none of that is true. But smart folks predicted it would be, because the year 2020 just seemed so futuristic.
Take off your jet packs, citizens of 2020, there is some bad news for all ordinary time travelers. Contrary to what some bigwigs predicted; we won't teleport ourselves at will nor will we read people's minds. Most of us, anyway.
And, we aren't colonizing Mars.
Still, this is a time of change. In just the last 60 years, we've gone to the moon, started living cyber-lives on social media, and mainly stopped getting paychecks on paper.
Today, we don't need to have mail delivered via rocket, as predicted by the Postmaster General in the 1960s. We have email, so junk travels in the blink of an eye.
Thanks to social media, we know the letters C, X and Q are still in the alphabet, contrary to what John E. Watkins, Jr. predicted in 1900. But, also thanks to social media, we now know few people know the difference between "there," "their," and "they're."
In the next 100 years, technologies like 3D printing, biotechnology, robotics, digital currency, and wearables all look poised to change everything.
Sleds and snowboarding may never get old, but if you want your experience kicked up a notch, try using a different device for sledding.
Tubes - Who said they are just for lazy summer rivers? They can also make good snow sliders. The key is a good grip and hanging on tight. Don't do this where you might run into fences or other fixed objects. A good open sledding territory is required.
Go-Karts on ice - Put some spiked tires on the kart and head out to a frozen track. You'll get a sliding thrill out of it.
Kayak - Wax it up and head to a steep, snowy hill. Use the paddle to steer.
Shovel - Way back in time, farm kids did this every year. It's considered an actual sport at New Mexico ski resorts. The riders sit on a snow shovel facing the handle and with the handle between their legs. They can then slide down a track or snowy hill. The key is to wax the underside of the shovel. Be careful. Shovels on a track can reach high speeds.
Wok - You can always plop your rear on a kitchen utensil. A food-grade metal wok can take you for a spin down a steep hill.
Ingredients:2 sweet onions, finely chopped2 smoked ham hocks
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 (32 oz) containers chicken broth
3 (1 lb) packages collard greens, trimmed
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1. Combine onions, ham, and garlic in a stockpot; add chicken broth.
2. Cook mixture over medium heat until meat is falling off the
bone, about 2 hours.3. Stir collard greens, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper into
the broth mixture; cook until greens have reached
desired tenderness, about 2 more hours.