Dear Fine Folks of Great Lakes,
Another year is behind us and I scratch my head wondering where it went. The greater part of the day today was spent taking down my holiday decorations inside and out, carefully packing them away for another year. This is my tradition, all décor comes down on New Years Day. My other tradition is this year end letter and it has been going strong for over a decade.
Though I enjoy the Thanksgiving Christmas holiday season in the realm my favorite is always Halloween. Though it had a late start this year it was rather wonderful. My large skull collection from that season is one of my favorite items at this time to look at and doom item drop collecting brought many old players and new together.
My fondest UO Christmas memories are the years I attended and /or assisted Pratt at the annual Christmas event MOA puts on each year. Sadly the past three years I have not been able to attend as I was taking a class and now teaching a class on Thursday evenings. Melian however reports that this years holiday event was as grand as ever. I have however gotten my auction need in from time to time at The Alliance Guild Auction on Monday evenings. Though I was not able to see Santa this year I did make it to many plots decorated full of cheer and holiday glow. Several were highlighted in previous posts and I have included a few more at the end of this letter. UO has always been a release, a relax and sometimes even an escape for me. The past three years has not allowed me in the realm as previous years have but I still get on enough to get my fix and mingle with old friends and meet a few new ones. Lady Lava does love to hunt ! 2014 was a great year for me personally and I hope 2015 stays on that path for me and for all of you!
Fondly, Lady Lava
p.s. Great Lakes has the best EMs and they made 2014 even better!
Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.
— Oscar Wilde
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.
— T.S. Eliot
Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.
— Hal Borland
From New Year’s on, the outlook brightens; good humor lost in a mood of failure returns. I resolve to stop complaining.
— Leonard Bernstein
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
— Oprah Winfrey
Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
— Alfred Tennyson
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
Many years ago, I resolved never to bother with New Year’s resolutions, and I’ve stuck with it ever since.
— Dave Beard
One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.
— John Burroughs
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.
— Bill Vaughn
New Year’s Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week, you can begin paving hell with them as usual.
— Mark Twain
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
— Albert Einstein