As we bid ‘adieux’ to the Old Year, 2014, we may reflect on this past
year and see some great things happened in the world, along with
our personal lives. This post won’t dwell on the many negative news
items that took place across the world. My recent conversation I had
with my good friend, Patrice, where we discussed the economy was
full of hope. She is a moderate Republican but found Pres. Obama
has “helped the economy,” citing some personal ways it improved.
Especially for the businesses of her family, who saw an upswing in
purchasing pizzas at her brother in law’s pizza chain, along with her
sister’s Castle Farms in Charlevoix, Michigan having much continued
success. Pat shared good news with her family’s investments in stocks
and bonds, showing profitable and significant increases. The U.S. stock
exchange and business world has not been this secure since Clinton’s
administration. (This can be confirmed in the business pages of the
New York Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer and Columbus Dispatch.)
I don’t really wish to quote statistics, just the positive slow, gradual
upswing in the economy as something good to report.
While talking with members of our warehouse, several mentioned
the Obamacare (health care and insurance) situation seems to have
‘finally straightened out.’
While talking with my artistic brother, Randy, we were on the ‘same
page’ thinking that the renewal of ties with Cuba is a positive way to
bring trade. Also, influencing the political climate of country south of
us, which we have had past problems with. Hoping this will lead to a
better future connection. While this may be ‘common knowledge’ I
found the fact the leader of Cuba is one who has chosen to lead a ‘gay
lifestyle’ hopeful, since this may mean that there will be less civil unrest
and hateful reactions to people of different life choices.
It also seems to reflect a ‘gentler’ means of controlling his country, less
than we had from Fidel Castro. Back in 1963, Fidel Castro had made
quite a mean statement about Cuba’s gay community and their ‘tight
pants’ and wishing to display ‘girlie’ acts in public. Since 2012, there
have been annual Cuban “Kiss-In’s” which is the gay community’s way
of standing up to the controlling leadership in a non-violent way. Even
getting a positive ‘nod’ from the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro,
for the United States reaching out to Cuba with an olive branch.
This was all compiled by myself: having attempted to confirm various
sources of information.
I will hope Fidel’s brother, President Raul Castro, will help lead his
country from communism into socialism. They may label themselves
‘socialistic,’ but the cruel army regime exists there still. I can ‘dream’
of Cuba’s someday becoming a Democratic country, where people’s
votes will be counted.
It is totally fine with me, if this positive outlook is challenged with
big doses of reality. I am “open for debate” in my comments section!
Thomas Kinkade, 2001:
“I believe that adding light to the canvas of our daily existence is a
simpler process than we often make it out to be. I believe it really is
possible to think and act in ways that shine more radiant joy in our
lives and the lives of those around us.”
From my old Children’s Anthology, which featured ‘brownies’ who are
like little sprites in the night:
“In January, when the snow
Lies on the hills and valleys low
And from the north the chilly breeze
Comes whistling through the naked trees
Upon toboggans long they ride,
Until the broadening light of day
Compels them all to quiet their play.”
(Written and Illustrated by Palmer Cox.)
My post-Christmas special memories of this year, 2014:
*~ I loved having my Mom be happy and healthy in body
and spirit. She was entranced by the Elf doll which was
a bright and cute girl, with red ‘velvet’ skirt with white
trim, with green and white striped hose and red pointy
shoes, with bells on each toe. She exclaimed each time
she spied it up on the edge of a rocking chair back.
*~ I found the most giving souls were the two six year old
Kindergarteners, among my grandies.
Little Marley could not open her gift before I opened her
purchase of a white painted sleigh bell with its top hat and
cheery face, making it a cute little snowman ornament.
Marley slipped a bracelet into my coat pocket, which she
had made from a craft kit given to her by Santa. I did not
‘discover’ this string of red, black, pink and yellow stars until
I got home, putting my mittens back into my pockets.
Micah had used his Secret Santa school “pocket savings”
from his home piggy bank to purchase a wide variety of
little dollar gifts. Mine was a head band which had a pair
of reindeers on the ‘antennae.’ This was the first time I had
seen this head adornment; usually the two ‘antennae’ are
antlers! I wore it proudly around to both families’ Christmas
events. I also had two children request a photo taken with
them on. Quite a thoughtful and fun gift, Micah!
The ‘true spirit’ of giving was in both these little ones’ hearts.
Do you have any thoughts about the political climate or post-
holiday memories you wish to share?