Greenfield MA

Overlooking Greenfield from Poet’s Seat, a park dedicated to a local poet.

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On The Road Again

We’re off on another adventure.

Blue Water BridgeWe’re traveling a across Canada to New York.

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For me, New Year’s is about tradition. A tradition can be defined as a practice, custom, or story that is memorized and passed down from generation to generation, originally without the need for a writing system. Although my family did not celebrate Christmas due to my parent’s religious beliefs, we did celebrate Thanksgiving and New Year’s.  As an adult New Year’s took a stronger place in my heart, as it signified all I hoped for in a new year or a new beginning. I like to look back over the previous year and celebrate the new year with family and friends. Living on the boat and being away from our family brought a bittersweet remembrance to this holiday. While we are making our dream of traveling come true, it takes us from home at the holidays. In keeping with my traditions, I made Hoppin’ John (black-eyed peas), rice and cornbread for our dinner.  The meal was a comfort to me and reminded me of other years past. These flavorful beans are traditionally, according to Southern folklore, the first food to be eaten on New Year’s Day for luck and prosperity throughout the year ahead. I have been serving black-eyed peas for more years than I can remember, much to my children’s dismay. When they were younger, I made each of themHoppin' John, rice and cornbread eat at least one bite for prosperity. I wonder how many of my children made black-eyed peas on this New Year’s.  The other tradition I hold for New Year’s is to spend time with family and do at least one thing I would like to continue through the year. This New Year’s day Rich and I went to the Junkanoo on Green Turtle Cay and participated in their celebration. During my time here in the islands I hope to learn about their history and culture and perhaps eventually I will be a beach bum and paint pictures.

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