Happy New Year St. Luke’s

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”

                                                                                              — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hello 2014. We greet you invigorated by a long break and much-needed downtime. With Mr. Emerson’s advice in mind, I embraced vacation as a series of “best days in the year.” And following my own recent advice, I strived to be present and grateful.

Frankly, it wasn’t too tough given that we spent much of our time in both Dallas (where we visited family) and Vermont where we spent much of our time watching bowl games and reading by the fire.  I especially enjoyed Creating Innovators (Tony Wagner), the short stories of Junot Diaz in This Is How You Lose Her, and That Used To Be Us (Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum).

Speaking of engaging authors…I recommend Great Reads of 2013 by NPR. It’s a clever, comprehensive compilation and the kind of thing that makes me wish I read faster, or the days were longer, or both.  I’d love to hear about books on your personal “Great Reads” list. Please use the comments tool (speech bubble at top right) to share.

A last word on books: If you are interested in feeding your mind and your belly, please join me and the Parents’ Association for the second annual  PA Book Chat on February 6, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. English teacher Susan Doran and history teacher Hunter Martin will guide a discussion of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. (I’m in the middle of reading that classic, as are Mrs. Doran’s Honors 10th Grade English students, as I write this post.) We gather in the Fireplace Commons and start with a little wine and a light supper. It’s a tasty, warm, and rewarding evening, whether you’ve read the book or not). I hope to see you there.

Happy New Year St. Luke’s families. I could not ask for better company on the journey into 2014.  Below is Emerson’s wise poem in its entirety…

Write it on your heart

that every day is the best day in the year.

He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day

who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.

You have done what you could.

Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.

Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;

begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit

to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

The best part of vacation...family.

One of my “best days” of vacation.

This new day is too dear,

with its hopes and invitations,

to waste a moment on the

yesterdays.