A Hopeful New Year!

My dog Susie says

Out with the old.... in with the new

Ring out wild bells to the wild sky
The flying cloud, the frosty night
The year is dying in the night
Ring out wild bells and let him die

Ring out the old, ring in the new
Ring happy bells across the snow
The year is going so let him go
Ring out the false, ring in the true

Ring out the grief that saps the mind
For those that we see no more
Ring out the feud of rich and poor
Ring in redress to all mankind

Ring out a slowly dying cause
And ancient forms of party strife
Ring in the nobler modes of life
With sweeter manners, purer laws

Ring out the want, the care, the sin
The faithless coldness of the times
Ring out, ring out, my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in

Ring out false pride in place and blood
The civic slander and the spite
Ring in the truth and right
Ring in the common love of good

Ring out the shapes of foul disease
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold
Ring out the thousand years of old
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

This was written over 150 years ago by Lord Tennyson but seems as applicable today as back then. Lets hope that in the untarnished, robust and reinvigorating New Year, we can all have respect, admiration and peace for each other. Happy New Year everyone!


Sandy and Susie

P.S. Here are a few New Year's resolutions from my neighborhood friends:
Dusty the male Boxer: I'll never have another one-night stand with another mutt again!
Maggie the Poodle: I'll finally understand that the cat is from Venus and I'm from Mars!
Buster the Dachshund: I'll never ever ever chase that damn stick until I see it leave his hand!

To see more of Susie's barks, go to www.sandy-steele.blogspot.com
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