Our Best Wishes for a Healthy and Safe New Year

The following greeting was written by New York disk jockey Harry Harrison.  It was a New York tradition that he read it on his morning show on New Year’s Day.  It is reproduced here with full credit to Mr. Harrison and given in the spirit that 2019 will be safer than 2018.  Let’s stop the unnecessary carnage on our highways.  Too many good people are leaving us way before their time.

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The 2019 Rose Parade Salutes the Melody of Life

The 2019 edition of the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA promises to be one of the best in the history of the organization.  According to the Tournament of Roses website, this year’s theme is The Melody of Life, saluting the part music plays in uniting us and replaying long lost memories.

Think of those whose lives were cut short, whose roses never fully bloomed, like the eighteen-year-old, who lost her life to a drunk driver before her rose had a chance to fully blossom.  At the tender age of eighteen, her rose was just beginning to bud. Whatever the melody of her life was to be is now lost forever.  Please, let’s not lose any more roses.   

The Rose Parade website says music “heals us.  Defines us.  Reminds us, and inspires us to be our greatest selves.”  In your New Year’s celebrations, please make plans to get home safely and let’s not crush any more roses by driving drunk. You don’t want to miss this year’s Rose Parade which begins around 8AM Pacific time Tuesday, January 1, 2019, and you don’t want to be the reason another tender rose misses the rest of his or her life.  Please remember, if you’ve done a little too much celebrating, please make plans for a designated driver, a cab, or Uber to take you home .  Let’s keep all our roses singing.

 Texas sees about one drunk driving crash every 20 minutes

Please check our calendar on our Outreach page for opportunities to participate in activities designed to raise awareness of the problem of impaired driving.

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As the holiday bells ring out the old year and sweethearts kiss

And cold hands touch and warm each other against the year ahead

May I wish you not the biggest and best of life

But the small pleasures that make living worthwhile,

Sometime during the New Year to keep your heart in practice

May you do someone a secret good deed and not get caught at it.

May you find a little island of time to read that book or write that letter.

And to visit that lonely friend on the other side of town.

May your next to-it-yourself project not look like you did it yourself

May the poor relatives you helped support remember you when they win the lottery

May your best card tricks win admiring gasps and your worst puns admiring groans

May all those who told you so refrain from saying ‘I told you so’

May all the predictions you made for your first-born’s future come true.

May just half of those optimistic predictions that your high school annual made for you come true.

In a time of sink or swim may you find you can walk to shore before you call the lifeguard.

May you keep at least one ideal you can pass along to your kids.

For a change, some rainy day when you’re a few minutes late

May your train or bus be waiting for you..

May you accidentally overhear someone saying something nice about you.

If you run into an old school chum

May you both remember each other’s names for introductions.

If you order your steak medium rare, may it be so.

And, if you’re on a diet,

May someone tell you, “You’ve lost a little weight” without knowing you’re on a diet.

May that long and lonely night be brightened by that telephone call you’ve been waiting for.

When you reach into the coin slot, may you find the coin that you lost on your last wrong number.

When you trip and fall, may there be no one watching to laugh at you or feel sorry for you.

And sometime soon, may you be waved to by a celebrity

Wagged at by a puppy

Run to by a happy child

And counted on by someone you love.

More than this, no one can wish you.

May You Always

By Harry Harrison

May the best be yours in 2019.