12.31.09 Auld Lang Syne

Laura.venice 790 xxx
photo by george billard
Days gone by. An opportunity to look back. And just like that, another decade draws to a close. I remember ringing in the millennium amid fireworks on a rooftop on Central Park West and then walking down Broadway in my blue cashmere dress, all the way to Times Square. Post-midnight, it was surprisingly empty with just a few dancers in spangled Native American costume still performing on a raised stage. A strangely poignant moment of anti-climax. I could hardly imagine what this decade had in store for me. Bottomless sorrow followed by the redemption of true love. Inspiring friendships. Explorations in food. The undertaking of a novel. Travels to Africa, China, Mexico, Thailand, Iceland, Morocco, Italy, India, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Life in Los Angeles, New York City and now Sullivan County. I sit here, staring out my window at three enormous grackles hunting for birdseed under the first powdery layers of what promises to be a ski-worthy snowfall, and I am grateful: for the adversity that shows me I am strong; for the work that connects me to my passion; for the love that sustains me; for the joy of living that I can share with all of you. I wish you good health, good food and good times in 2010.
 
Tagged — meditation, New Year
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6 Comments

Back atcha--so happy to read you every day...
Lisa on December 31, 2009 at 8:17 am —
Hi Laura, Best Wishes for 2010! Thank you for all your patience and understanding!
Alex on December 31, 2009 at 8:22 pm —
Happy New Year, Alex! Thank you, for your dedication and inspired work!
laura on January 1, 2010 at 9:47 am —
Happy New Year 2010! May this coming year bring only light and love your way...x
Ann on January 2, 2010 at 7:36 am —
Happy New Year L! I truly believe good things await....xxx
Tanya on January 3, 2010 at 8:08 am —
Happy New Year, Laura! I hate grackles.
Vetivresse on January 4, 2010 at 9:04 am —