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“It’s very easy to quit during the first ten years of writing. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it’s very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can’t get fired if you don’t write, and most of the time you don’t get rewarded if you do. But don’t quit.” Andre Dubus

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year all who pass by. As I type this, it's only 8 hours before the fireworks start in Australia. 

The Sydney Harbour celebrations just get better every year! 

Sydney Harbour New Year's fireworks showing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House

It is sad to hear the roll call of New Year's celebrations being cancelled because of terror threats. Hmm. Peace on Earth is slow coming.

And in the face of the natural and man-made disasters happening around the world (not least the roaring bush fires and heatwaves in Australia, floods and tornadoes in the US, floods in the UK and Uruguay), fireworks may seem a trivial act and a waste of money, but there is something inherently human about fireworks as a symbol of hope in this battered and burning world. 

Looking forward to interacting with you in 2016! See you on Wednesday 6th January for IWSG! Whoa, the day the winner of the Anthology contest is announced. Will be a big day!

New Year's fireworks and laser light show on the Brisbane River last year

Thanks for visiting!



14 comments:

  1. Hi Denise - great post ... life is precariously held - dangers are lurking ... but I agree spreading hope is so important.

    We're now just over 12 hours away - it's lovely and sunny ... and seems good for a walk as we all journey towards 2016.

    IWSG on Wednesday ... the winner of your Anthology contest, and then the whirligig roundabout sets off on another year's roll ... happy times ahead .. enjoy your celebrations: shortly they must kick off ... cheers Hilary

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  2. We need things like fireworks to remind us of the beauty and joy in the world.
    We're a little over seventeen hours and counting...
    Happy New Year!

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  3. We can't stop living just because bad things are happening in the world.

    I think you're about to hit it, so happy New Year.

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  4. Happy New Year. Pity we have to become so scared. That is the worst part of terrorism. Maybe 2016 will see an end to it.

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  5. “Hope
    Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
    Whispering 'it will be happier'...”
    ― Alfred Lord Tennyson

    May each day of 2016 murmur to your heart: "This is the best day yet." Thanks for being my friend, Denise. :-)

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  6. Happy New Year! I hope that you have a wonderful 2016. Those fireworks do look amazing. :)
    ~Jess

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  7. It saddens me to see such a litany of woes around the world. It saddens me even more that many governments' response to terror is to promote, and act with, fear. Celebrating with hope is an important thing to continue IMO, and certainly not a trivial act.

    Looks like your fireworks lived up to expectations. Hope you enjoy a peaceful and happy 2016.

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  8. Happy New Year, Denise! All the best to you and your loved ones!

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  9. Happy new year, Denise! Fireworks are an excellent symbol of hope, and hopefully 2016 goes well.

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  10. Hi Denise, and happy 2016 to you! Wish you lots of writing, reading, and fun with family!

    Fireworks seem the right way to mark a new year, howsoever many things may be wrong with our world, which let's hope will get closer to solving those issues this year.

    Best always,
    Nila.

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  11. Happy New Year, Denise. Actually got some work done today. Things are improving - the sun is out and a new day has come! Wishing you nothing but the best!

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  12. Hope you had great holidays. Happy New Year!

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  13. Happy New Year, Denise!

    I hope this year is a little more peaceful for the world.

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