Friday, December 30, 2016

Here's to a Happy New Year

A retrospective of 2016 
in the words of men and women wiser than yours truly.

Last year we said, 
'Things can't go on like this', 
and they didn't, they got worse. 
- Will Rogers

The New Year is a time for optimism...

You’re off to great places
Today is your day!
Your coffee is waiting,
So…get on your way.
- Dr. Seuss

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. 
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

and hope.
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” 
Albert Einstein

Cheers to a new year and another chance 
for us to get it right. 
- Oprah Winfrey

I hope everyone enjoys a happy, healthy 2017

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Holiday Season in the Emerald Isle

December would be a dark and dreary month if holiday lights and decorations did not brighten the atmosphere. In almost every country of the world some sort of celebration occurs. More religious-oriented in some countries, secular in others, a mix in most, it is a time family and friends get together. Kids, of course, love the holiday gift giving, decorating, cookie eating traditions. In the spirit of the season, I offer pictures from my Ireland trip celebrating the holiday season.

Storefronts and sidewalks decorated with greenery. 
Lights brighten the pedestrian walkways lined with
shops, restaurants and pubs.  

The sign says Happy Christmas in Gaelic.
The Temple Bar is a famous Dublin pub serving expensive
drinks and sandwiches to tourists.
It is also the name of the neighborhood. 

A Dublin city center mall decorated for the holidays.
The Irish say Happy Christmas!
and I add Happy Chanukah!