Here’s to 2021

Sometimes a year has been so disastrous and bad that January 1 inevitably means entering a Wonderful New Year! I don’t usually stay up until midnight to see the New Year in, but I may stay up to make sure the old year leaves!

By Greg Evans


I hope you had a quiet holiday and helped stop the viral spread… so we can celebrate the new without fear or dread.


Here’s a toast to the future and to my friends, far and near.

Cheers to new beginnings! The USA not only welcomes a New Year, but a fresh start and hope for a better future domestically and globally.

For last year’s words belong to last year…..And next year’s words await another voice.” —T.S. Eliot

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

Here’s to a bright New Year. 2021… the world welcomes you.

Wishes for the New Year




new UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ first message



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(May the force be with us … we’re going to need it.) Please add your wishes for the New Year!


2013 has flown the coop, and 2014, is born.  I’ve met so many amazing people online from all over the world this year.  It has been SO Much Fun to hear from people I have connections with from places I lived long ago (or now know online); to follow the progress of writers, both new and more established.  Expats please stay in touch – it is very interesting reading about your lives and stories.

Here are FIVE NEW YEARS Wishes – from the Trite to the Serious

1. Less commercialism of the holidays.  I know, I kn0w everyone says that – I think everyone WANTS that (well maybe not the bargain crazed – but there are other days) so why can’t it happen?  The workers should be home with their families and friends at least for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

 2. Please let’s not have people talking on their cells phones on planes.  Flying is bad enough these days without having to sit with someone shouting inanities (or even worthwhile personal conversation) for hours.  While we’re at it, how about users being quieter with their phones in public places by walking away to a more private corner?  And please could people drive hands free – or better yet concentrate on your driving and talk later?

 3. One password for all sites. I can’t possibly remember them all and it is such a nuisance to search through the many possible combinations I have used.  As journalist John Diaz writes, “I long for the days when my memory was sharper and the only combination I had to remember was the one to my hs locker”.

 4. I wish we would cultivate Tolerance and Compassion for people who have different religions, ethnic backgrounds, sexual preferences or live in poverty.

 5. Could the U.S. Congress get some work done and not be so obstructionist? While I’m being political, my last wish I give to the Affordable Care Act.  We are dead last in the developed world to provide health care. It takes time to iron out a complicated new system – witness Social Security: how people yelled about that, but who turns it down? Ditto Medicare.

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Oh dear I’ve used up my five wishes and I haven’t even got to taking care of the earth and saving the rainforests (see my posts: rainforests)

I wish you all Happy New Year – may all your dreams come true.

Prospero Año  Nuevo

Bonne Année

I won’t hog anymore languages because I would love  for you to – please ADD YOUR WISHES to send out to the world in whatever language you like. Don’t be shy – speak up!