Resolve: it means a few different things to each person. Sometimes,
it means what will get you to keep a few of your January “New Year’s
Resolutions.” I also like the meaning of being strong and sticking to
one’s convictions. This definition fits this the best: “Decide firmly on
the best course of action.” Following through is implicit in this one.
Great attributes to pass on to your children, while others around you
may see this outstanding characteristic in yourself. It is not pointless
to set goals, I believe. It means you are going to try something new,
let others know your choices for change and set personal expectations
of your goals.
This ‘resolution’ can be something you have added to your resolutions
annually or can be a brand new one. Life is busy. Never so much so to
not fit one more activity, exercise, habit or ‘tradition’ into your routines.
After all, you may have doctor appointments and job responsibilities, but
you may just open and see your 2015 calendar as a ‘blank slate,’ ready for
exciting and new possibilities.
Flower: Carnation Birthstone/Gemstone: Garnet
Already, I like the month’s flower, which has such a great and unique scent.
The color of garnet is red, which is also vibrant and snappy for this colorless
month we are facing in our Midwest. Hope your corner of the world will have
both color and beauty in it.
Happy New Year!
Bank Holiday (Scotland, England/UK).
“Statutory Day” or “Stat Day” for New Zealand and possibly Australia.
Full Wolf Moon.
“Epiphany” or when the Three Wise Men reached the manger to see
the King of Kings, some who worship Jesus Christ will find this day
a special remembrance. Thanks, Doris, for the important reminder!
If Elvis Presley had lived, this would be his 80th birthday. I listened
to several of his Gospel songs, some with Christmas in them, over the
holidays. He was a fantastic singer with a lot of heart. If you happen
to live close to Tupelo, Mississippi, you may go enjoy a piece of
Elvis’ birthday cake, served at 1:00 p.m. This was where Elvis was
If you live closer to Graceland, you may go there almost all day, to
receive a piece of his 80th birthday cake, starting at 9:30 a.m. when
the cake-cutting begins! (You may enjoy this live streaming from
Celebrate Rod Stewart’s #70 birthday. Happy Birthday, dear Rod!
Last year, 2014, while on his world tour, an interviewer asked him,
“Do you ever tire of singing some of your classic songs?” (I still love
listening to ones like, “Maggie Mae.”)
“I still love to sing ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?’ and added: ‘It’s so joyous.'”
Last 1/4 Moon.
January 16- The Persian Gulf began in 1991.
Benjamin Franklin’s birthday.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac suggests in celebrating Ben, to purchase a
Benjamin fig plant/tree, which helps to remove toxins from indoor air
spaces. (Ficus benjamina).
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Schools, public offices, the Post Office and libraries are usually closed
on this day in U.S. I have attended city and town breakfasts which give
the money for the meal to needy causes, in MLK, Jr.’s honor.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac, (2015) suggests this month to “plant bulbs
and destroy weeds during full moon times,” then during new moon to try
a different kind of house plant during the winter months. This month’s
featured plant, the air plant. This is like Spanish moss in its ability to
survive without much care of nutrients. Plant nurseries and some shops
have glass globes which can be suspended in small offices, along with
homes on clear plastic ‘threads’ of varied lengths. This creates a very
decorative and appealing January sight. Care includes, ‘light misting’
and feeding using a folian fertilizer, along with placing where it will
receive bright, indirect light. (Fluorescent offices are perfect in this
respect, while you may separate ‘offspring’ to create more plastic or
glass globes, helping spread positive oxygen into spaces.)
Evil Squirrel reminded me this is Squirrel Appreciation Day,
wherever you live in the world that has squirrels!
Celebrate with the Aussies you know!
Celebrate Tom Selleck’s #70th birthday, with a viewing of one of
his older performances in “Magnum P.I.” (television series), one
of his ‘new’ performances in “Blue Bloods,” with a fine and well
rounded cast of policemen role models, along with a character
that plays his father as a past Police Commissioner and his
‘daughter’ is the District Attorney. This television show is one
which has a huge following, among whom are police around the
country. Tom’s fun character in “Magnum” made him a fixture
in our household television shows and now, “Blue Bloods” is part
of my Mom’s (and when I am home on a Friday night) my own
favorite shows. You may have followed Robert Parker’s mini-series,
where Tom played “Jesse Stone,” from R.P.’s past books. Sadly,
the author, Parker, died so the series must end. This can be found
at the library, in individual. Jesse Stone releases. I like the setting
of New England and there are a couple ‘bizarre’ murder mysteries.
In his personal life, you rarely hear anything about his life, since he
married his wife (Jillie Mack) in 1987. He is not known for too many
controversies, although, he has stood up for the N.R.A. which means
he supportsgun rights.
As far as movies with Tom Selleck go, my all time favorite has to
be the fun one he made with two other special men, Steve Guttenberg
and Ted Danson, called, “Three Men and A Baby.” My children and
grandchildren are very amused with this wild and unbelievable plot
line, but it is also heart-warming and sweet. I liked him in the comedy,
“Her Alibi,” while “Lassiter” and “Quigley Down Under” are good
action movies. (This became a rather long monthly tribute to the actor,
Happy 70th Birthday, dear Tom!
As always, you may add some dates that mean something to you or
your country in the comments for the month of January.
Thank you for making this monthly visit a fantastic one. I enjoy
all the additions I received last year to this monthly post.
Sir Basil the Great quotation:
“He who sows courtesy, reaps friendship.
He who plants kindness, gathers love.”
(Greek Bishop who lived from 329- 379 A.D.)
What challenges will you set out, for you or even your family?
Help get us motivated by sharing this with us, please.
I will make a friend out of an ‘enemy’ or one who I have had past
disagreements with. I will give to a new, special charity, along
with continue to find more positives in my life than negatives.
A time of new beginnings, promises and resolutions is emphasized
in this Flavia, (poet and inspirational writer) 2003 quote:
“Our time on earth is woven of infinite moments,
Each holding a promise and its own exquisite beauty.”
In honor of the New Year of 2015,
Thanks to T. S. Eliot:
“Not fare well,
But fare forward, voyagers.”