What New Year Means to Me

For me, a new year means a new opportunity to reconcile the past. There are moments during the 365 days of the last year that many feel invested. They feel permanently committed to an idea and/or ideal, a person, and/or position. I do not intend to discuss the joys and benefits of starting anew. I want to talk about those 365 days that most people want to forget. Those days are long; each of those days filled with opportunities. January 1st is not the only chance we get to change. Every day we wake up is an opportunity to reflect on the day before. We don’t have to follow through on poor choices until the year ends and a seeming magical portal opens to erase the past. On January 1st we are still our old selves. Wherever we go there we are. Though many may wish, we cannot escape our self. What we can do, is be very conscious of our every move. Each decision we make leads us to a future and a past. Each day we have the power to choose. It’s not just one day that counts. Every day matters.

Happy New Year!

National Library Week

I am and always have been an advocate of libraries. When I first came to America, I spent a lot of time in my school library either waiting for my sisters, hanging out with friends or simply being by myself reading. It is a space in which I was never uncomfortable. I was at peace. This is why when I see articles as The Future of Libraries Has Little to Do with Books, I am perplexed. Who actually thought that the public library was all about borrowing books? It was ALWAYS a cultural center at least for me. From Jr. High School in Queens, NY when this was the meeting place for everyone.It was where we met to decide on where to go next or for younger students who had to wait for their older siblings this was a safespace to wait and while there we met other students and we learned a lot. Yes “how” we read is different, but our interaction with each other has not changed. The library as a “cultural center” is not new at least not for ME.