Posted by: main street writers | January 1, 2012

Hello – and Happy New Year!

Hello – and Happy New Year!

Someone wise suggested that rituals are all about transformation. If January First marks the transition into a new year, perhaps New Years resolutions are the rituals that invite  transformation.

The Cart and the Horse

Over the years, I’ve made all kinds of resolutions.  Some stuck, some didn’t.  If I’m going to get the best out of it, though, I think I need to see resolutions as the “cart” – and understand that the “horse,” the driving force, lies in reflection.  It’s not so much about losing 10 pounds or drawing more often – it’s about the desire that underlies those ideas: having more energy, experiencing more joy.

So I’m off for the day.  Reflecting.  In the mean time, for everyone who’s considered blogging but hasn’t taken the leap, here’s the annual data for this blog.  I started it last March, as a way to reach out to a handful of new and familiar writers.  This morning, I find I’ve had readers from six continents – who knew?  This could be you….!

Happy reflections, happy New Year. May you find new opportunities to meander, dream, and create. 


WordPress Stats

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.





  1. Happy New Year, Kathy, and Main Stree Writer friends.
    This is a poem I particulary love and wish to share with you:

    How to Be a Poet by Wendell Berry
    (to remind myself) (Berry’s words :))

    Make a place to sit down.
    Sit down. Be quiet.
    You must depend upon
    affection, reading, knowledge,
    skill–more of each
    than you have–inspiration,
    work, growing older, patience,
    for patience joins time
    to eternity. Any readers
    who like your work,
    doubt their judgment.

    Breathe with unconditional breath
    the unconditioned air.
    Shun electric wire.
    Communicate slowly. Live
    a three-dimensioned life;
    stay away from screens.
    Stay away from anything
    that obscures the place it is in.
    There are no unsacred places;
    there are only sacred places
    and descrated places.

    Accept what comes from silence.
    Make the best you can of it,
    of the little words that come
    out of the silence, like prayers
    prayed back to the one who prays,
    make a poem that does not distrub
    the silence from which it came.

    Happy New Year to all,
    Donna Van Boom

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