Well, it has arrived, the last day in the year 2013, also known as New Year's Eve or Saint Sylvester's Day. It ushers in the next, new year. Growing up I always thought it strange that it didn't happen at the same time around the world. For example, the island nations of Samoa and Kiribati are the first to let the old year slip away while Honolulu, Hawaii is among the last places. What are doing to say farewell to this year? The way people do this can be all over the board from going to bed early and sleeping the new year in, to celebrating until midnight, or even staying up into the wee small hours of the new year. My preference is to low-key it with a few close friends, thinking about what happened over the last 12 months and imagining what may occur over the upcoming 12 months. Whatever you do, be happy and grateful. My brain is, for my having lived through another year.