Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

29 Dec

Babycakes Cookies

Babycake’s Chocolate Chip Cookies – gluten free and vegan! Try them… they’re so good!!!

I know that I’ve said this before, but how can another month have gone by?  Do you feel as I do… that it took forever for Thanksgiving to arrive and then before you knew it, Christmas had come and gone and now you are facing a brand new year?  It seems that if you listen you can almost hear the “whoosh” as time flies by!

Coco's rolls

Rolls made by our son, Coco

And because I believe that’s true, I think it’s so important to do all that you can to really be there for the people you love.  Our time here is limited and yet most of us act as if we have all the time in the world. We only “get it” when disease or disaster strikes and then we realize how precious our time is.

my rolls

Potato rolls I made for Thanksgiving

I’m reminded of the play, Our Town, where the young wife, Emily, after having died returns to earth for one day.  She finds the experience of going home again very painful and asks the stage manager if anyone realizes how beautiful life is while they live it.  He tells her, “No. The saints and poets, maybe – they do some.”

If I can wish you anything at all for the coming year, other than the usual greetings, it is that you take a moment or two to really look around at the simple beauty that surrounds you and soak it in. Hug your family and friends every chance you get. Don’t let them wonder for even one minute about your love.

Then, if you can, take a glance beyond your own life and offer a hand to someone in need, sit with a friend who is grieving, adopt your new best friend from the animal shelter.  Or you could do what works for me: Make a pie and give it away.  You won’t regret it.


Nobody on their deathbed has ever said “I wish I had spent more time at the office”.

Rabbi Harold Kushner



6 Responses to “Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!”

  1. Ellen W Grush December 29, 2014 at 2:12 PM #

    Hope you’re smiling so big that your cheeks ache! Happy love filled new year!!! Ellen

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Donna Wright December 29, 2014 at 7:32 PM #

    So beautifully written.

    • pieadaygiveaway December 29, 2014 at 8:37 PM #

      Thank you Donna… for all of your comments… and all of your kindness.xxoo

  3. Peter January 3, 2015 at 4:07 PM #

    Karen, your comment reminds me of a poem I wrote after seeing Our Town at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Here it is.


    Thornton Wilder says with a wry smile:
    “If you want to pick a day to relive,
    pick an ordinary day…
    pick the most ordinary day.”

    The Teacher says with a sparkling smile:
    “You are in truth ordinary magnificence.”

    Thornton Wilder says with universal sadness and hope:
    “They don’t understand, do they?
    No, they don’t, except maybe saints and poets.”

    The Teacher says without sadness or hope:
    “You are already a saint and a poet…
    simply wake up to this precious moment.”

    I walk out of the play Our Town

    and feeling like writing a poem.

    Peter Finkle
    August 23, 2008

    • pieadaygiveaway January 3, 2015 at 6:49 PM #

      Dear Peter… that is beautiful! And exactly what I wanted to describe… Thank you so much for sharing it with me.
      love to you and Kathy,

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