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Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne

This well known song, often associated with saying goodbye to the outgoing year, and ringing in the new one, was written as a poem by Scottish poet, Robert Burns, in 1788. According to Wikipedia, “The song begins by posing a rhetorical question: Is it right that old times be forgotten?”, with auld lang syne translating too: long ago, or days gone by.

I think it’s safe to say that many of us are happy to see 2020 in the rearview; and that there is a lot to be hopeful for in 2021. But as I think back on the year, I think it’s important to recall the good things that have happened as well.

On a large scale we have watched our tireless first responders and healthcare workers become everyday heroes. We’ve learned that teachers and students can pivot and multitask at the drop of a hat. We’ve seen people from 1 - 92 making masks. And while sometimes our faith is tested, we’ve seen that kindness and humanity exists in droves.

On a personal level, we’ve been very fortunate here at Golden Hill Studio to continue to stay healthy. In talking with friends and family, I know that many of us found time to do things we just hadn’t made time for before. Whether home renovations, gardening, cooking or simply communicating more with those we love, either in small groups or via Zoom, we used this down time to bolster our spirits and find joy in the small things.


So as I happily say goodbye to 2020, I’m also grateful for all the tiny miracles of the past year. I wish you all continued health, happiness and prosperity in the coming year!

Shelley Nicholson

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