Happy New Year! will be proclaimed many times over the next few days until the climax at midnight, Dec. 31, when we say farewell to the old year, and ring in the promise of the New Year.

So we say Happy New Year! goodbye to all the bad memories, the bad events, the trials and the tribulations, they are now a distant memory. And we say hello to the hopes, the dreams, and the promise of the New Year!

<p>&nbsp;&nbsp; Christmas… It is my 71st&nbsp;Christmas and the first one of my life without my Mother who passed on a few weeks ago. I told my brothers in September that she was rapidly deteriorating. Unfortunately I was right.</p>