Welcome ~ 2021!

“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Happy New Year, beautiful people!  I don’t believe there is a person among us who is not happy to say goodbye to 2020.  However, I feel it is important to carry with us the lessons from the past year.  Mom always said, “Count your blessings, life can change overnight.”  I have always tried to count my blessings, but now more than ever.  The past year has reminded me of how important it is to pay extra attention to the remarkable people in my life, as well as all the many marvelous details of which I have been graciously blessed.  Most importantly, to hold tight to those I love.  Life is so precious and COVID has also reminded me how quickly it can be gone.

While 2020 is now part of history, I do not believe 2021 is going to be all ‘cake and ice cream.’  Mask-wearing and social distancing will remain our good friends and patience will be required for a while longer.  It is going to take time to get back to normal, but we will get there.  

“We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest.  We must learn to sail in high winds. ~ Aristotle Onassis

“So many books, so little time.” ~ Frank Zappa

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a favorite of mine.  I give myself permission to be lazy, not cook, and to read and read and read. A Santa-helper named Mike brought me a wonderful book for Christmas.  I devoured it in two days.  Only because my eyes became tired did it take two days.  For anyone who is interested in France, the lives of the French after the war, and the Holocaust, this is certainly a must-read book.  It is on my shelf with other books I consider to be ‘The Best.’

The following is part of a review written by, Lin­da F. Burghardt a New York-based jour­nal­ist. (See note at the end of this post.) 

“Filled with a com­plex mix­ture of aching sad­ness and abun­dant joy, A Fifty-Year Silence fol­lows the author’s very per­son­al jour­ney across two con­ti­nents and three gen­er­a­tions. Mouil­lot is the grand­child of Holo­caust sur­vivors, and she describes this fact of her life in sim­ple yet heart­break­ing words: ​I’d grown up in a uni­verse that revolved around an unspo­ken max­im: every­thing can fall apart.”   

“Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.” ~ Langston Hughes

I also find these quiet days to be perfect for dreaming.  Thinking of things I would like to do or places to visit once COVID is out of town.  Many of us are eager to be with family and friends.  To once again enjoy those warm hugs and sweet kisses.  Others are keen to travel and complete canceled plans, which were made at a time that seems like ages ago.

French Onion Soup

And, there are those who want to learn new skills, such as cooking, painting, or photography.  To register and participate in classes, make new like-minded acquaintances,  all while learning something which is fun and interesting.  These are a few ordinary things we have all enjoyed so many times and perhaps taken for granted. I know have.

I close my eyes to old ends. And open my heart to new beginnings.” ~ Nick Frederickson


Dear friends, know I wish you and yours a spectacular New Year. 

Most of all I wish you health, happiness, love, and peace.

And . . .

May the angels walk beside you every step of your journey, in 2021 and always.




“Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’…” ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson






Images:  via Tumblr

Note:  Lin­da F. Burghardt is a New York-based jour­nal­ist and author who has con­tributed com­men­tary, break­ing news, and fea­tures to major news­pa­pers across the U.S., in addi­tion to hav­ing three non-fic­tion books pub­lished. She writes fre­quent­ly on Jew­ish top­ics and is now serv­ing as Schol­ar-in-Res­i­dence at the Holo­caust Memo­r­i­al & Tol­er­ance Cen­ter of Nas­sau County.



















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Happy New Year to you and yours, Sandra. This new year will begin much the same as the old one ends, but there is hope for the future. I just added the book you mentioned to my hold list at our local library. It sounds interesting.


Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing your beautiful posts! Best wishes!

Rita C at Panoply

Happy New Year, Sandra. A little while longer in limbo, as long as it takes…..

Penny Carlson

Happy New Year Sandra! Wishing you the most amazing 2021!

ya ha llegado el nuevo año…Algo hay nuevo en mí también: Ya puedo escribir en el ordenador y en papel con la mano derecha…Esto es para mí un logro importante porque mi brazo me duele mucho todavía pero ya voy recuperando algunos movimientos y eso me alegra mucho, Es mi regalo de año nuevo. El culmen será cuando me pueda peinar por mí misma…¡¡Que placer!!! jajajaja Amiga querida, te deseo todo lo mejor en este nuevo año, que todos tus deeseos se cumplan y sobre todo que seas muy feliz a pesar de que esté todavía ese intruso al que… Read more »
bonnie morgan

Happy New Year, Sandra to you and Mike. I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it but Mike is my husband’s name also.
I am looking forward to better days. I can be patient and continue safe habits knowing the vaccine will be forthcoming.

That looks like a fabulous book — my kind of reading! And are those your quilts on the window ledge? I have two that from that angle look very much like a couple of those! Big smile — I love it when that happens. The events of 2020 have been a wake-up call for those of us lucky enough to survive it so far. I hope those lessons last. I’m reminded that the lessons of 9/11 seem to have been long forgotten. To you both, the most beautiful of new years. You are right — it won’t be a piece… Read more »
Bobbi Duncan
Happy New Year!!! It will be awhile until life returns to our idea of normal, but I look forward with hope. I always loved the saying, “you can’t direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails”– it’s empowering to know that we can persevere through rough times . Thank you for the book suggestion; can’t wait to read it. My mom grew up in Germany, on a farm outside of Hanover, so I’ve heard a good deal about the atrocities that prevailed during Hitler’s reign. My mom’s family was Lutheran, but they had close Jewish friends who came to… Read more »
Louise Stronach

“May the angels walk beside you every step of your journey, in 2021“ perfect words and thoughts for entering this new year, and we will need an extra prayer to carry on with strength and resilience. Thank you so very much Sandra for always being a perfect “Shepherdess” in these tumultuous times. We need you dear heart.💞

Pam Richardson

Wishing you and Mike a Happy New Year! Thank you for the book recommendation, Butch and I have read countless historical fiction books surrounding the Holocaust. I am anxious to read this one!