How many of you will spend Christmas away from your family? Many of you will spend it with your relatives. Very few instead away from home. The saying says: “At Christmas with your (parents) and at Easter with the people you want”.
When December starts the countdown for Christmas and New Year’s event starts automatically.
The days are short and the sky darkens early. The cold forces us to wear sweaters and coats, and when we walk around the shops, the windows are gorgeous.
I have always wanted to spend a Christmas away from home, and therefore far from everything that characterizes the Christmas holidays: money, gifts, consumerism, food etc …
Christmas is increasingly synonymous with consumerism but I don’t know if it is synonymous with happiness. I admire those people who volunteer on Christmas and later, delivering gifts on the streets or assisting Needy Children.
November is over, and it’s about to begin December. What is the saddest month of the year? Probably for many it is November. Instead December and January are months of holidays and February is a month of preparation for the spring of 21st March.
In November the leaves of the trees are red, the cold becomes more intense and people stuff themselves with coats. In our mind, the idea that the current year is coming to an end comes into our mind.
In the United States in November there is a Thanksgiving Day, which is considered a very important party. Instead in the other western countries there is the party of November 1 (all saints days) which however is considered a sad recurrence because it is used as commemoration of the dead, that happens just the following day.
Although November is for many the excellence month of autumn, many consider it as a month of reconciliation with the nature. The Danish Philosopher Kierekegaard wrote:
“In autumn everything reminds us of twilight, – and yet, it seems to me the most beautiful season: he wanted the sky then, when I will live my twilight, that there must be someone who then loves me as I loved the autumn.”
The day of thanksgiving began, as every year, with the parade in Manhattan with balloons of various parsonages, including snoopy in an astronaut version.
High winds have been blowing through New York City, and the balloons generally aren’t supposed to be flown when sustained winds exceed 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph, according to city regulations.
Sustained wind speed in New York is expected to be around 20 mph, and gusts could reach around 40 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
But this year the bad weather seems to ruin Thanksgiving weekend.
In fact, the deep oceanic depression arriving on the western United States will move right from next Thursday on the central US areas, shifting to the north-eastern areas by Monday, ruining the long weekend practically on almost all the US territory.
Day off for Wall Street, which today will be closed for the national Thanksgiving holiday. Trading will resume tomorrow with a reduced timetable. The New York Stock Exchange, Friday, November 29, 2019, will end the session at 1 pm local time (6 pm in England) instead of at the usual time of 4 pm (9 pm in England).
“I have no particular talents, I am only passionately curious” said Albert Einstein.
Surely curiosity is a great resource, which has allowed scientists like Eistein to become one of the greatest geniuses in history. Other people instead, like San Pio da Pietrelcina, considered curiosity one of the fundamental evils of earthly life because it was the one most responsible for perdition.
Curiosity, being both a great resource and a great perdition, must be managed in the best way. The best thing would be to be stubborn and browse only on the roads and things that are most useful. This whole world, especially in the web age, has a total perdition … Even a simple news can lead to diverting attention to what we believe is most important. In this era we are bombarded with news that in 90% of cases we do not suffer from anything …
Dopo l’epifania (o per molti altri la Befana) le feste natalizie sono finite. E si rinizia con la vita di sempre, o semplicemente per la granparte delle persone con il nuovo anno. Come spesso accade il nuovo anno porta con se nuove speranze per una vita migliore. Le attese o i propositi possono essere spesso molto più grandi rispetto agli eventi realizzabili illudendoci o deludendoci se essi non sono compatbili con la fattezza della realizzazione… ma si spera sempre in meglio!
2018 in tre parole (ma anche in tre lettere) : CR7
Il 2018 sta per finire e probabilmente molti faranno il resoconto, o quanto meno un flashback dell’accaduto, benché in alcuni casi triste o di breve resoconto.
Su twitter oggi appare l’hashtag ‘2018intreparole’ dove ognuno dice la propria sull’anno passato: sport, politica, cronoca, spettacolo, musica, etc…
Io ho scelto lo sport e il calcio come simbolo più rappresentativo e Cristiano Ronaldo (CR7) per esprimere questo anno particolare, forse unico. Rappresenta un cambio di tendenza del Calcio e forse anche della politica e della società.
Proprio oggi è stata approvata la manovra al Senato, firmata dal Presidente della Repubblica che permetterà a molti italiani di ricevere il reddito di cittadinanza e la pensione di cittadinanza. Un fatto storico che potrà cambiare per sempre l’identità del nostro paese dal punto di vista sociale e culturale.