Happy New Year!
Before I make a quick observation, let me scintillate you with some of my big “firsts” of 2014.
First Meal: breakfast burritos
First Music: Listened to Binaural by Pearl Jam while cooking said breakfast burritos. I can’t believe that album is 13 years old!
First Thing I Watched: An episode of Psych, specifically the one in season 4 called “Shawn Takes a Shot in the Dark.”
There’s something about firsts that interest us. We admire pioneers because the first person to do something always gets recognition.
In our own lives, firsts are more memorable. January 1 is exciting because the calendar changes over. We can use that dividing line in time as a way to see some things in life, even mundane meals and songs, as something new again.
I’m starting something new as well. New class at Pitt, teaching at a new college, and launching a new website as I work on two new books.
But like any new thing that takes on wear and tear, each year inevitably loses its holiday shine, that festive sparkle, until the fresh calendar year just gets old. Continue Reading…