Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, January 27, 2018

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Mountain View News Saturday, January 27, 2018 
Mountain View News Saturday, January 27, 2018 
Walking Sierra Madre…The Social Side 

by Deanne Davis 

Walking Sierra Madre……The Social Side

Deanne Davis 
January 8, 2018 

“Hope is the thing with feathers,
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard,
And sore must be the storm, 
That could abash the little bird,

 That kept so many warm.” EmilyDickinson, 1830-1886 

This is it, friends and neighbors...the last, the very lastword on resolutions for this new year. 

There’s a concept going around, brought to myattention by Michelle Griep, successful author andblogger. Look her up, check out all her books and beamazed. Anyway, the concept is to pick one word to beyour New Year’s resolution or mission statement for theyear. There was even a book a few years back: My OneWord: Change Your Life With Just One Word by MikeAshcraft and Rachel Olsen. This is so cool as you canimmediately dump those high-minded and probablyimpossible resolutions like reading all the great booksin one year. Seriously? Have you ever looked at the listof Greatest Books? Here’s the first few: 

1 . Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes.
2 . In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust.
3 . Ulysses by James Joyce.
4 . The Odyssey by Homer.
5 . War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.
6 . Moby Dick by Herman Melville.
7 . The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.
8 . Hamlet by William Shakespeare. 
I repeat, Seriously?? There are some of you out therewho have read these, but most of us are happy witha new Stuart Woods or James Patterson thriller, or 
maybe a new John Grisham or a Danielle Steel, NoraRoberts or an Amy Tan. Lots of us like to just pull outan old Agatha Christie. Speaking of Agatha, the newmovie version of “Murder on the Orient Express” wasterrific! Here’s one I’d really like to read: “Girl, Wash 
Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You AreSo You Can Become Who You Were Meant To Be,” byRachel Hollis. 

The word I picked last year is: HOPE! 

And I’m going to pick it again this year. I’m going to
lean heavily on HOPE to help me make wise decisions
about my future. I’m HOPING for a number of children
I know who have medical problems: Brooklyn, Caleb,
Jake and our own Jessie. I’m HOPING that this year
will bring what they all need in the way of healing. 

So much has been written about HOPE: 

“HOPE is the little voice you hear whisper “maybe”
when it seems the entire world is shouting “no!”
“H.O.P.E. – Hold On, Pain Ends” 
“The only difference between those who threw in the
towel and quit and those who used their energy to
rebuild and kept it going is found in the word...HOPE.” 
“Once you choose HOPE, anything is possible.” 
Christopher Reeves
“Where there is HOPE, there is faith. Where there is 
faith, miracles happen.” 
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without HOPE and confidence.” 
Helen Keller 

This picture is of hot air balloons floating over the
Arizona desert that the Texas family and I saw just a
few weeks ago. There is such HOPE in seeing these
gaily colored balloons lifting up and up and up. 

So that’s my word again for the year, HOPE. I’m hoping
you’ll pick one that will work for you. My beloved John,
now seeing so many dear friends and family who have
gone before us, and most especially his Lord, would
like this.... HOPE! 

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the
LORD, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a
future and a HOPE.” Jer. 29:11 

My book page: Deanne Davis – check 
Noah & The Unicorns...or maybe The Vuillaume Violin
Both available there, along with other goodies!
Star of Wonder the CD is now on TuneCore! Take a 
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