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A New Year

Blog Photo - New Year's Poem Birthday Cake

We measure a year in months and milestones

Birthdays and other anniversaries

The goals achieved, honours received

And various victories.

Blog Photo - New Year's Poem Sunset

These things we dream of, yearn for, live towards

The dates forecast in calendars

And marked off by celebrations

Of our lives.

aunt Rose with her son, great niece, and great-great niece

I wish you all that and more.

Blog Photo - Garden - Butterfly on Mint

But when I wish you a happy new year

I know there may also be losses

And challenges and dirty dishes

Because this is life.

Blog Photo - New Year's Poem Maple Leaves

And so I wish you:



For when things turn out crazy

Blog Photo - flowers with alium closer


On days of loss or disappointment

Blog Photo - New Year's Poem CR Thinking


In times of uncomfortable change

Blog Photo - New Year's Poem Hydrangea in Rain


In the small things, not just the big ones

Blog Photo - Doggies in window



For the gifts you have and will receive


Photo by Hamlin Grange


For tomorrow and the morrow after

Forest Tunnel


To do the things you most enjoy

Blog Photo - New Year's Poem Skiis on Snow with Trees

Blog Photo - New Year's Poem Cyclist

Blog Photo - Playing guitar 1


In the fact of your humanity.

Book launch cynthia and rev claire


Dedicated to my Family, with love.


79 thoughts on “A New Year”

  1. Oh Cynthia, how do you do that? How do you get right down to the heart of the matter, to what really counts, to stay with that feeling and give it all out again as a gift? You are so generous with your feelings. Through good times and bad, you have truly been reminded of what really matters and what keeps heart and soul in good shape. I think I know those things too, but I can be like a little Butterfly at times, trying to distract myself from pain with senseless things. One of the hardest things to do is to live in the moment and value what we have. Your words have pulled me up short, like a really good friend tugging at my apron and saying, “Karen, these are the things that matter”.
    I wish you everything that you have included in this fabulous post- only in HUGE amounts, so that it all spills out and fills your heart and home.
    With every good wish to you and your family,
    P.S -I love your dogs, especially the cute white one!

    1. Hey, Karen:
      I love those dogs too. the white one was rescued by my daughter, despite our dire warnings of all the headaches and heartaches she was taking on. She kept faith with him and loved him back to health and trust.
      Now we are blessed with his presence and that of the little brown one, who is the cutest and most intelligent doggie I’ve ever met.

      Thanks for the wonderful response to my poem.
      Some people seem born wise. I had to learn a little wisdom through some very hard times. And I am still learning.
      Karen, your generous responses to my blog posts are a real gift to me.

      Happy new year to you.

  2. You have a unique and beautiful gift for expression Cynthia. Both you and Hamlyn – such glorious photos, another great talent – richly deserve a calmer year in 2015, but, whatever comes, I know it will be handled with love and gentle strength. Because you are an extraordinary person.

    1. How kind of you to say this, Valerie.
      I hope you are right!

      Best wishes for 2015 to you and Chris and family.
      Are you again growing watercress in your sunroom this winter? I was thrilled to see that.

  3. Dear Cynthia,
    May all the ‘dirty dishes’ come from special times spent with family and friends – old and new. Wishing you and yours all the best of joy, good health and love for the year(s)ahead xo.

  4. Delight~In the small things, not just the big ones~
    What a beautiful and “big” reminder, desr Cynthia.
    Thanks for sharing and all the very best for the new year ahead ⭐
    Aquileana 😀

  5. Thank you, Cynthia, for that beautiful sharing. Those words are inspirational … 🙂 Lovely accompanying photos too. Yes, we have come to the end of another year and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family God’s abundant blessings and best wishes for 2015. Love, Iris.

  6. Thank you, Iris, and for the wisdom you put into the world through your poetry. I look forward to reading much more of it in 2015, and wish you and your loved ones God’s grace and peace.

  7. How wonderful this is, Cynthia. This is more than a poem, it is a prayer that deserves to be learnt by heart and repeated every day by us all. Hamlin’s photographs are beautiful and fit the poem so well.
    May you and your family and friends have a healthier, happier and more satisfying year in 2015 and may God go with you all.
    With love, Clare x

    1. Thank you very much, Clare.
      Wishing you and your family the same.

      I also hope you’re getting some rest.

      Any woman who racked up 11-thousand miles of driving in three months deserves a bit of rest.
      Take good care of yourself.

      1. Thank-you! I am much rested and haven’t had to do much driving either. Taking Mum to the hospital for a check-up tomorrow and then shopping with her on Wednesday is all I have to do before new year.

  8. Cynthia, these are gorgeous pictures and inspiring words you’ve shared with us. I’m 80% through your book and loving it. You inspire me to be courageous and gracious.

    Blessings for 2015 ~ Wendy ❀

  9. Cynthia, I couldn’t have anything better than what you’ve described wished for me. Thank you and please thank Hamlin, (may I use his first name?); he is really an excellent photographer and brings your thoughts and words to even brighter life.
    I am buried under mounds of work – yes, still – but wanted to stop by real quick and wish you and yours everything you wish for yourselves in 2015.

  10. I have nominated your blog for a Liebster Award. If you accept, please answer the questions on my post and nominate 5 other people. (I think this is just all in good fun and you may have more than 1000 followers, but you are one of my favorites!)

  11. Cynthia, these are the precious gifts that make life worth living. Thank you so much for your presence in our blogging community. I’ve very much enjoyed all my visits here during 2014 and now looking forward to many more visits in 2015. The photographs are outstanding and make your generous words even more poignant. Happy New Year to you and yours, lovely lady. ❤

  12. Such a lovely post and lovely sentiments, Cynthia! Thank you for your wishes for a Happy New Year and I wish the same for you! I really appreciate your visits and comments on my blog; I’m honored that you like my blog and are impressed with it. 🙂 I apologize for my delayed response; I wanted to respond to you by e-mail a few weeks ago, but couldn’t find your e-mail address. You also have a beautiful blog; I’m following you by mail subscription now.

    Best wishes to you and all your loved ones for 2015 Cynthia!



    1. You are most welcome, Denise. I’m thankful that you have visited my blog.
      As you know, I enjoy my many visits to your blog too. House at Forest Manor is a lovely blog, and you are a design diva/domestic goddess of the first rank!
      My best for 2015.

  13. A very nice dedication to your family filled with all the attributes required for a realistically Happy New Year. I enjoyed your pictures which cleverly illustrated your story. Hope you have a great 2015!

  14. A lovely New Year’s message focused on the things that matter . . . .A wonderful year to you too. I have been totally absent from my WordPress blog for ages and miss the wonderful people such as you whom I’ve met on there, but all for the good.

    A few months back, I think you emailed me (but perhaps it was some other kind of message and I can’t remember) after we had chatted about my having gone into real estate. You mentioned the possibility of featuring a special listing, if I had one, I believe you said on your website. Since I lost track of your proper contact info, please email me back at lwhicher@rogers.com if you might still be interested in doing that. I’ll let you know more about the listing I have in mind, and you can decide if it’s something you’d be interested in.

    All the very best!


    1. He’s a Havanese (as in Havana, Cuba). Never knew there was such a breed till our daughter rescued him some years ago.
      Thanks very much for visiting my blog and for commenting, Grace. Happy new year and best of wishes with your editorial role.

  15. Indeed, as KerryCan says above, all these thoughts and hopes and family photos stand the test of time.:) Havanese! Friends brought back two pups from Cuba and call them Cubanistas. Both make me smile. Happy New Year, Cynthia.

  16. Ah bless you. Thank you for that. Those are lovely wishes. 🙂 here’s hoping and back at you too. Awesome stuff. May your 2017 shiny and glorious!



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