Posted by: penpatience | January 1, 2022


WRITERS WORDS: “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one. – Brad Paisley




     The 2021 seasonal journey is officially over. January 01, 2022, begins a New Year.  Will it be a year of promise, peace, prosperity? We earthly inhabitants have witnessed the great, the good, the bad and the ugly in past years, but each new January we hope for a year better than the previous one.

The month of January in many northern regions and countries can be frigidly cold.  “Oh, the weather outside is frightful.” Snow, sleet, freezing rain, temperatures so low, we envy the bears in hibernation. Flip-flops are dormant in closets; snow shovels have replaced garden trowels and thermal underwear in various colors are in vogue again.  And winter seems to go on forever!

Every New Year brings potential for positive and negative happenings. Many are not within our immediate control (i.e., Covid 19) but, as individuals, we may suffer the “Blah Blah” but embrace the “Rah Rah.”

BLAH:  Daylight fades early on winter days, perhaps you’re an individual that suffers from “winter, darkness doldrums” and dislike being cooped up. RAH: Hey, if you’re a writer or working from home and there’s three feet of snow outside the front door, the car stays in the garage and your writing project-in-progress may get undivided attention.  Put a fire in the fireplace, put out the snacks and “wine” a bit.

BLAH: You don’t like cold weather PERIOD! RAH: Learn to ski, skate, snowmobile or snowshoe and take on the many park and recreational paths. Take a “Snowbird” vacation to warmer climes.  A former Snowbird to the state of Florida, I, like many folks, flew South for sunshine, golf and beautiful beaches.

And…do I dare suggest tackling chores long undone? Isn’t winter a great time to read books from your favorite or new authors?  And then, there are too many folks facing difficult times and losses in this New Year 2022. Volunteerism is a great way to assist any and all people in need of a compassionate helping hand.

I muse. I recently heard an old-time tune while driving in my car the other day.

Get together,” by the group, “The Youngbloods.”  Remember them?  Some lyrics:

If you hear the song I sing,

you can make the mountains ring

or make the angels cry

Though the bird is on the wing

And you may not know why

Some may come and some may go

He will surely pass

When the one that left us here

Returns for us at last

We are but a moment’s sunlight

Fading in the grass

Refrain: “Come on people now, Smile on your brother, everybody get together, Try to love one another right now.


Some brief notes about the Pen and Patience Website:

This year, 2022, marks my Eleventh year of writing Monthly Musings

2021: Most views were from U.S.A. viewers. However, readers from 25 countries stopped by to read the Musings this past year. Also, many viewers became new Followers in 2021.

A special note about Comments: Viewer comments are not published in the public domain. They are read only by me. I enjoy hearing from all of you. 

Thank you!

 Best Wishes for a Healthy, Happy, Blessed and Safe New Year 2022



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