Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, whether you're already into Day One or will be in a few hours.  January 1st has been the first day of the next year, at least in some countries, since about 45 BC. That's supposedly when Julius Caesar introduced the Julian calendar and fixed January 1st as the first day of the new year. Of course, the new year moves progressively around the globe as the start of the day ushers in the New Year. That's due to the division of the globe into time zones, which has something to do with "jet lag" in some brains. The first time zone to usher in the New Year is just west of the International Date Line. At that time the time zone to the east of the Date Line is 23 hours behind, still in the previous day. The central Pacific Ocean island nation of Kiribati claims that its easternmost landmass, uninhabited Caroline Island, is the first to usher in the New Year. My style doesn't include a list of New Year's resolutions, although I typically have a goal or two in mind for the coming year. My goal for 2013 was to retire from health care. Check. My goal for 2014 is to get at least two of the manuscripts I've been working on published. Oh, and to spend a bit more time challenging my brain with Lumosity brain aerobic exercises.  Do you have a goal for 2014? Whatever it is (or isn't), I wish you a happy, healthy, and successful year.

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