Based on a poem by Scotland’s Robert Burns, Auld Lang Syne is traditionally sung here in the U. S. at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. The words “Auld Lang Syne” refer to “Times Gone By,” though the literal translation is more like “Old Long Since.” Whether you think of it as “days gone by,” “old times,” or even “for the sake of old times,” there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be singing it tomorrow night. Or at least humming along as the ball drops in Times Square. (We oldsters seldom go out that late, so we usher in the new year via television these days.)
The song asks us if we should forget old acquaintances and days gone by? Of course not. And it encourages us to “drink a cup of kindness” for those acquaintances and those long gone days.
If you plan to sing along, here you go:
“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
In days of auld lang syne!
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll drink a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!”
My Rating: 3-1/2 of 5 Stars
Let me say right up front: this book is not serious literature. It isn’t to be compared to the “Great Works” of any literary genius I’m aware of. I didn’t learn a single thing about improving myself or making the problems of the world go away. Nor did I add any new Read more…
Since I didn’t have a chance to nominate a new blog as part of my receiving another Blog of the Year star earlier, I figured I’d post my nomination(s) separately:
You MUST check out moviewriter.nyu ! I insist! *grin* Seriously, it’s a very well written and funny blog, and it currently features several holiday stories that are hilarious. One on Santa’s Reindeer, Donner, changing his name to Tony that I really enjoyed, and another about Father Time refusing to be forced into retirement on December 31, simply to make way for the Baby New Year. Not only are the premises entertaining, but the writing is excellent. I highly recommend this one. And I’ll be back later, when I have time to scout out a couple more for your reading pleasure.
“Don’t you wish you had a job like mine? All you have to do is think up a certain number of words! Plus, you can repeat words! And they don’t even have to be true!”
–Dave Barry on Journalism/Writing
(Note: It explains SO much.)
Thanks to Sheri of Sheri de Grom for awarding me another star for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award! I’m tickled to have it, Sheri, and I so appreciate your kind words! I’m really pleased that you enjoy my reviews, and I hope you’ll continue to stop by to visit as often as you can. I know I enjoy checking out your blog as well, and folks, you should, too.
I’m going to have to sit down this afternoon to work up some nominations for this award to share here. I haven’t been home much in the last few days, so I haven’t been able to focus on it, but I promise to get back to it SOON.
Thank you, again, Sheri. It’s been nice getting to know you here on WordPress. Have a great weekend!
Just wishing all my new blogging friends and readers a very Merry Christmas! May you hold your loved ones especially close this year, and they, you. Be good to each other, share all your special family traditions, and let love fill your hearts!
I’ll be back on the 26th. In the meantime, “Let Heaven and Nature Sing!”
Thanks so much to Alice at Backstreets and Alleys for giving me her first Tiny Lantern Award! I’m honored and pleased, Alice, and I thank you so much. No rules or badges with this one, but to read more about it, please check out her link at: http://alleysbackstreets.wordpress.com/tiny-lantern-awards/ . Hope you’ll spend some time looking around Alice’s blog, too. I always enjoy myself there.
Thank you again, Alice! I really appreciate this one a lot!
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
When I began this book, the opening pages immediately transported me back to 1962, when I read Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes for the first time; after all, a carnival, or a circus, that appears out of nowhere in the dead of night, Read more…
“Whatever else be lost among the years,
Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing;
Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears,
Let us hold close one day,remembering Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men.
Let us get back our childlike faith again.
– Grace Noll Crowell
Time to play What Are You Reading again. With so much going on around here, Christmas has me making slower progress on my To Be Read pile, but I’m still plugging away at it. I’m currently reading Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It just might be the most unusual book I’ve ever read, and though I’m well over a third of the way into it, I have no real idea of where this is going. Morgenstern writes with a beautiful voice, however, and I’m completely fascinated by the Cirque de Reves (Circus of Dreams).
Are you reading something intriguing? I would love to hear about it. I get some of my best ideas for new books from your comments, so I’m hoping some of you will take a minute to update us. Thanks!
“Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart…filled it, too, with melody that would last forever.”
–Bess Streeter Aldrich, Song of Years
One of the most familiar carols of the Christmas Season, most people don’t know the story of Longfellow’s poem. When I first learned what lay behind it, I listened to the carol in a whole new way. Read more…
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Okay, Janet Evanovich! I’m officially putting you in the same category as Jim Butcher. No, not genre-wise. But dang it! Both of you are driving me completely crazy! (Not a long drive, of course, but that’s beside the point.) I find myself stomping around the house now, Read more…
–Laura Ingalls Wilder
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