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

 Alfred, Lord Tennyson

This was my personal note from The Universe today:

I want you to know, Mary, that I’ve ordered up another year for you.Think I’ll call it 2014.

I’m going to put most of the same people from 2013 in it, since you all think so much alike. But there’ll also be a few new, very cool cats coming to play – give them some time to grow up though.

And I’m going to have things start off pretty much exactly where they left off in 2013, for continuity’s sake. Flips folks out too much when I don’t.

All in all, 365 more days in paradise… and only one request of you:



Let’s do this,
The Universe

Dream bigger.  That sounds good to me.  I like that I get my own little note every day from The Universe.  I wake up to them and they always make me smile.  It’s like getting a text from a friend every morning that says, Wake-y, wake-y, you gorgeous creature, you! And you have to believe it, because a friend like that would never lie to you.

Notes from the Universe is just one of the oh-so-many interesting things I discovered through the internet this year.  There are blogs out there, writers who lift me up or break my heart with their words, music–OMG!–the music being played, spoken word poetry, photography, art.  I feel like I spent most of the year in a chair.  Only to discover (on the internet) that sitting too much will make you die.

So it goes.

Last December 31st I blogged about choosing a word for the new year.  One word that I would keep as a source of inspiration, to think on when I needed it. I chose, RISE.  I like how that worked out for me.  This year I’ll take the word DARE along for the ride.

I have big plans for 2014.  There are adventures waiting for me.  After a full and satisfying year of blogging, and discovering kindred spirits, I am going to take a break from all things internet-related in order to write.  Non-stop, seat-of-my-pants, finish-my-damn-book writing.  It’s time.  Look for me in about a month.

Before I go, though, I want to add my voice to the happy throng wishing friends and family well. May 2014 be your best New Year ever.

Cheers and love, people.  Always, the love.

14 thoughts on “Ring-a-ding-ding

  1. That’s funny, I just published a post asking how people were ringing in the new year, but I think you’ve already answered the question very eloquently.

    I hope you have a beautiful year, and I don’t doubt that you will. Enjoy your writing, and your notes from the Universe. You’ll be getting a few from the Painted Universe, too, of course. 🙂


  2. Writing is such a real thing Mary. You will always challenge yourself whilst you are writing. To dare is to live and I trust that input from others may be of inspiration to you over the time. Write for yourself, for it is in this that you will find the comfort and relief from the omnipresent gnawing anxiousness shared by all artistic people. A pressure self imposed and monitored but one which provides the greater world with so much joy. All the best and make it count.


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  4. You know, every time I see a bell I think of Clarence from “It’s a Wonderful Life.” So as you dream bigger and set your sights higher, I also like to think you’re helping angels succeed in getting their wings. 🙂


  5. Can I be happy for you and yet selfishly wish you would not take a break from your blog? 🙂
    Seriously though, I’m excited for you and will somewhat patiently, but with excitement wait for the next time I see your blog pop up in my inbox.
    Sending you best wishes for clear thinking, a steady hand, and strength to accomplish that damn book, and all the other exciting things ahead of you in 2014!!


  6. Mary, good luck on your book. I keep telling myself I have one in me, but I can’t sit still or focus for long enough to get the ideas down. I think I have one already written or started, but it needs work, like so may other things. Take care and enjoy breathing without the internet. Make your New Year the best ever. I’ll look forward to your next post, may be I’ll comment the day it comes out. 🙂


  7. This was so refreshing and well written!! I love your word!!! Rise above everything! Your book will be magnificent. Good luck with your book!!!


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