Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hogmanay: the hinge of years

Janus flask from here
Here we are again: at the very end of one year, and about to step into the next - at the hinge.  Traditionally we think of Janus now, looking back over the past twelvemonth and looking forward in anticipation of the next-to-come.  Every year there are folks who have suffered dire circumstances caused by severe weather or by politics and/or war or other disasters.  This year seems to have inflicted more misery than usual, and I hope that lives ripped, torn, and tattered will have a chance to be darned - but, ....
Janus from here
Personal optimism spawns resolutions, and yet again I resolve to do more of what I did not enough of in the past year, while resolving to do less of what I did too much.  Hey ho the merry-go-round.
Janus from here
Janus from here
Here's wishing you all a Happy Hogmanay, and a 2016 that brings intellectual satisfaction, challenging creativity, and minimal adversity.

6 comments:

  1. Lovely thoughts, Olga. Your blog is always full of them and I turn to it with pleasure.
    Happy Hogmanay - though Aberdeenshire may be wishing for different weather to bring the New Year in. I looked with sadness at the lovely old bridge at Cambus O'May as it was battered by the torrents and thought of those in Aboyne, Ballater and Braemar who were flooded. It all seemed very immediate.
    Margaret

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  2. Thank you Margaret - and wishing you all the best for 2016.
    Yes, somehow even though one acknowledges all sorts of miseries it seems more poignant when the area or the people are personally familiar. Those of us untouched by disaster are lucky indeed.

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  3. The second image of Janus appeals to me the most, and of course I have my own created long ago.

    Thank you for the excellent wishes for the New Year - the very same to you, Olga!

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  4. Marja-Leena, it's good to keep trying to find up to date images to keep company with the ancients.

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  5. happy new year Olga, you've got me looking for my "hinged" moons from way back.

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  6. Jude, a hinge can be a beautiful concept. Happy 2016 to you too.

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