Take a cup of kindness yet in 2014

Over the years I’ve blogged and when it stopped being fun, I left blogging. Usually I would miss the writing and connecting part and return again. Each time, I was welcomed back by you with open arms.

And with a new year, I am back with gusto and more energy than before. My routine slows down when I question why anyone would care to read my input. But guess what? You don’t have to read it but I need to write it. And so I shall.

Even still. Let’s talk about this phrase. In the past year, when I used the words, ‘even still’ in a conversation, someone questioned my use of the phrase. These are words that belong to my childhood and have creeped into my cell network and come out when I least expect them to. I never questioned them … never looked them in the face for what they were – what they are!  Yet, I suppose that outside a 10 mile radius of my birthplace (in Upstate NY) I’ve never heard anyone utter these two words together.  Hmm. Even still I plan to keep using them – they remind me of home!

I did a google search and found to my delight that this phrase is ‘despised’ by English majors and grammar geeks. Even still …

It sort of has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

2014Speaking of rings…

Did you ring in the New Year in a special way? I joined in a First Night Event and had a blast! Lots of events going on – dance, concerts, magic, and comedy and at the end around 10:30 pm or so was fireworks! It was as close to Times Square as I plan to get on New Year’s Eve!

As for me in the New Year – I plan to be around on a regular basis and I encourage you to come and go as you please – either way – I’ll be here!

It’s time for me to Get Busy Living!


Should old acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind
Should all acquaintance be forgot
And auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne

And surely you will buy your cup
And surely I’ll buy mine
And we’ll take a cup o’kindness yet
For auld lang syne

We too have run around the slopes
And picked the daisies fine
We’ve londoned many weary foot
Since auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne

We too have paddled in the stream
From morning sun to night
But the seas between us broad have roared
From auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne
We’ll take a cup o’kindness yet
For auld langs syne

15 thoughts on “Take a cup of kindness yet in 2014

  1. Happy New Year to you too Marge!
    Sounds like a festive New year’s celebration for you..which is awesome!
    Even still…that has a nice ring to it. As a teacher of mine once said, as long as the person you are communicating with gets the message, that’s what’s important 😉


  2. Happy New Year Marge! I missed your challenges to get out of your comfort zone, but fully understand stepping out of the blogging scene. I’m struggling with the same thing. It’s one more thing I don’t have time for and it barely seems worthwhile on most days.

    I recently read (a daily Kindle deal), “My Year With Eleanor” By Noelle Hancock, in which she challenged herself each day to do something she was afraid of and be bold like Eleanor Roosevelt. It was really interesting and I enjoyed the book a lot. It reminded me very much of your experiment from several years ago.

    Happy New Year! Remember to laugh and to love yourself, even on the days you don’t feel like it.



  3. I think the ups and downs are so much part of blogging, don’t you? They make me step back and revisit who I am and what I have to offer. When I am in a drought, I turn to books and magazines and read away. And now the energy level is up and I am SO ready!

    Thanks for writing!


  4. HI Nancy,
    I put that book title on my TO READ LIST – thanks for telling me about it!

    I know what you mean about the time and effort it takes to blog and yet – looking back at past posts I believe that you are keeping a history of events, thoughts, images and growth, aren’t you? I know I can read a post from long ago and remember what caused me to write it. There may have been a friend that died, a sunrise hike, or even just a casual comment I heard on the radio that caused me to put the experience into words. The rereading of these posts help me validate time. Does that make any sense?


  5. Hi Steph – Get Busy ‘Living’ really resonates with me as I enter the new year. We don’t know what the days and months ahead may bring and I want to embrace them all. Life is too precious, isn’t it?
    I love having you here in my blogging world!


  6. You had a wise teacher and one who understood that communicating can be done in many different ways!

    Even still…I appreciate your writing to me and wish you the best of the best as the New Year unfolds!


  7. Happy New Year yet again Marge. I love this post, love the thought of all the new lessons and adventures that 2014 will bring.
    Thank you so very much for the link to my post Living Golden, for me they are life-long resolutions.


  8. What a great response – you’re right about the blog being a history of events, thoughts, images and growth. Similar to my journal, I do remember what caused me to write it. So yes, your comment does make a lot of sense.

    What’s frustrating me though is I have 300 followers, most of whom I don’t know and don’t want to know. I have no idea why they’re following me. They never leave comments, like me, and their blogs are nothing I’m interested in reading either. I think they’re following me hoping that I will follow them back. There’s no relationship there and I’m too busy to always be the one to initiate a relationship (which I usually do when I’m the one doing the following).

    So, I’m writing for people that I mostly don’t care about. The people I care about, don’t care about my blog. I may as well just keep my personal journal and not bother. I do have friends – not all of those 300 are strangers – and they have become good friends. I just don’t know that it’s worth what little time I have.

    Anyhow, thanks for giving me some perspective and something to think about. I really liked your phrase about validating time with the blog – that was really good. Thanks!


  9. Yes, so many unknown followers – and so many unwanted spam comments — crazy huh?

    My plan is to focus on those with whom I have made connections and create additional relationships through reading blogs that interest me. My gift will be thoughtful comments because their writing touched me. The unknown followers – they don’t read my blog (if they did I would have 200+ LIKES each posting, right?) and I ignore them.

    So, when you have something to say, that is bursting to be shared – we, your readers will be ready.

    Until then — we wait!

    Hugs to you in this glorious New Year!


  10. Meg Evans

    I’m planning to do much the same — discover and comment on blogs by authors who have a consistently positive attitude, visiting a new one every day in 2014 and keeping a list on my own blog. Even though it’s still early January, I already feel more cheerful and energetic as a result of surrounding myself with good influences and making more connections. Visiting your blog feels like sitting down with a chatty group of friends in a small-town coffee shop; the posts inspire reflection, the comment threads are full of pleasant conversation, and the photos are gorgeous. Thanks for raising my spirits on this dark winter night!


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