New Years Eve 2013 is fast creeping up on us. One of the gifts of growing older is that you don't have to celebrate the New Year. All you have to do is tolerate it. If you can't do that, just endure it.
Well, since the world never ended and we're all still here, it's about time we started thinking about how to bring in the New Year. Some of you have had an elaborately planned night out on the books for months now, some of you are pulling the last minute scramble to rally your friends and find something relatively cost-effective (and far, far away from Times Square), and some of you are planning on completely winging it that night. Regardless of how far along our plans are, we will all end up doing the same things -- drinking, dancing, and listening to music as the world celebrates its only universal holiday.
We believe that if the next generation can see people living in poverty as a part of the solution --rather than as objects of a solution -- we can make significant progress. For truly ending the cycle of poverty requires engagement on the part of the affected populations themselves.
I've never quite understood the hype of New Year's Eve. Why is there such pressure for the last night of the year to be epic on every level? This year -- if you're anything like me -- why not host your own impromptu party?
As we prepare for the new calendar year, it is interesting to look at the Jewish nature of some of the most common New Year's Resolutions.
Your internal GPS. This GPS sometimes speaks and provides internal guidance. At most times, however, it says nothing at all. It provides instead a kind of "hunch," as it were. An intuition. A feeling.
Whatever you do, do it wholeheartedly. There is a joy in it for you and the ones who receive the good from you. The bottom line is: Quit griping about life, just enjoy what you got, change what you can, reject what you must, but go on with life.
2012 has been quite the year by all accounts. The music industry -- which is still trying to figure out what happened to its former self -- took a serious blow by the concept of crowdfunding this year. And by concept I mean runaway success.
We all know the New York tourist trap New Year's Eve: Times Square, freezing your pants off, waiting for the ball to drop. If you are sane and a New Yorker, you won't be getting anywhere midtown on December 31st. But where to go?
The over 100-year-old Ball Drop in New York City's Times Square is the most iconic , but it's not the the biggest or most expensive.
Each goal is measurable, stated in present tense and set within a time frame. We've visualized it, written it down, and maybe even posted it on our bathroom mirror. We've told our supportive friends about it and even come up with an action plan. So why is it so hard to get into action?
When I wrote down my goals, it's not like they all came true overnight. I'd make goals for this year, this month, this week and today. Most days, weeks and months I only made some progress, sometimes none. But I started getting better. And look what happened!
This year, Americans seem to have applied their spiritual, social and political values in positive ways that can give us hope for the future. This was done, for the most part, without preachers, rabbis, priests or imams directing us or admonishing us.
We look back on the past 12 months and we wonder where they could have gone. Were we not just working on saying "2012" and now its use as the "present" is about to be over?
New Year's Eve is just around the corner and in LA you need a plan, otherwise you will end up staying home and singing Auld Lang Syne. No matter what your budget is, here are some New Year's Eve and Day suggestions that require a cab ride to and from, to keep things safe.
We say bid farewell to 2012 in grand style by mixing up an elegant Martini.