On the brink of 2018

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It's after 9 in the evening, December 31st, as I write this last post of 2017. I say goodbye soon to the year that's brought varying emotions, accomplishments, and reaffirming of friendships and making new ones too. It's been a year of releasing two new books, Good Grief People, a shared venture with five other authors on the meaning of grief, and the other, Harry's Trees, a direct result of the life my father lived and what he shared with me and others in our family. Together with all the opportunities to promote our books, speak and do storytelling, I am grateful for them all.

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It's a been a year of celebrating achievements with others in my circle of writers, and a year of saying goodbyes to people we've known and loved. A year of supporting friends who have had challenges, even as they lent an ear at earlier times when I needed to share my struggles.

This evening as I look online for others who mark this last evening of 2017, we can look no further than our own Canadian Prime Minister, as recorded on the CBC news this evening.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/new-year-eve-world-cities-livestream-2018-1.4468771

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a statement released Sunday, reflected on the country's accomplishments in the past year, as well as its 150th anniversary of Confederation, but added "we still have a lot of hard work left to do."

"In 2018, let's continue to celebrate the values that unite us - openness, compassion, equality, and inclusion," he said.

"Let's move forward together, put those values into practice, and work to build a better future for all of us."

By this time, Auckland, New Zealand, has already rung in the New Year

Fireworks kick off the New Year in Auckland as New Zealand bids farewell to 2017

Tens of thousands of New Zealanders took to streets and beaches, becoming among the first in the world to usher in 2018.

You don't have to go further than your own backyard--maybe not in the extreme cold tonight--to decide what you will do to promote peace and goodwill in your family and your own community. The goals you're pursuing or intend to pursue. Things of the heart and soul that will bode well for you.

And now for the most recorded song at New Year's, Auld Lang Syne, which is essentially bringing good wishes for the year ahead. The song is an old Scottish tune that's usually credited to Robert Burns in 1788, though Burns admitted that he'd based it off of various Scottish songs and poems. Read here to find out more on why this became a tradition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk8ptSeA49g

Happy New Year to you! Many blessings for the year ahead!