Some things to do in the New Year:
Start a journal and write in it every day, or perhaps once a week, but regularly. Record the weather. Pen your thoughts. Write a story from your past. Remove an emotional ache from your system.
Vow to laugh out loud at least once each day, all year long. You’ll feel better. You’ll help others feel better.
Take time to see the whiteness of fresh fallen snow that sparkles and glimmers and covers the grime and dirt of an earlier day.
Watch the sun set when the temperature is below freezing and the sky is steel blue and turns black as the sun sinks away and the thermometer plummets.
Listen for the silence of winter, when snow buries the land and the cold tightens its grip. There is great beauty in silence, something that is in short supply these days.
Stand in a snowstorm and watch snowflakes accumulate on your sleeve. Each snowflake is different, each one special—a reminder of nature’s creative magnificence.
Sit by a fireplace or a wood stove doing nothing except listening to the occasional pop of the fire and smelling the hint of wood smoke that sneaks into the room.
Remember that doing nothing is sometimes the most important thing you can do.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Happy New Year!
January 14, 6:30 p.m. Whole Foods, 3313 University Ave., Madison. Excerpt from TV show, “A Farm Story,” and discussion.
January 17, 7:00 p.m. Fitchburg Library, Garden Wisdom
January 19, 3:00 p.m. (Writing Workshop) Northern Lakes Center for the Arts, Amery, WI
January 19, 7:30 p.m. Northern Lakes Center for the Arts. Presentation and Discussion: The Ames County Novel Series.
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