Right about now you’re getting your clothes ready for going out tonight. Got a date? Hoping to find someone to ring the in the New Year with? Hope you will have made plans for a DESIGNATED DRIVER to get you home safely this morning.
We witness GOP governors cutting education from their budgets and GOP candidates for president promising to abolish the Department of Education, low test scores in our schools, GOP unwillingness to upgrade our school infrastructure, etc. Thanks to Sam Seder for this thought-provoking video in which he analyses an article he read in Forbes Magazine: “If I Was a Poor Black Kid…”:
Globally, life was very difficult in 2011. Our economies were in jeopardy, some of our countries had their credit rating lowered, there has been less money available to help poor people around the globe and many of us have died fighting for the freedoms enjoyed under a democratic form of government. God bless their souls! God bless women around the world who suffer because of their biology and are subjected to discrimination and beatings, forced marriages, marital rape, dealing with no civil rights as a victims of rape and the reality of being property and baby-makers who raise men who continue the cycle of oppression. Lord, grant us mercy!
Well, it 9:35 AM EST and many of you are already celebrating 2012! Party hardy, but, don’t get too drunk. Who wants to start an auspicious journey as a NEW YEAR with a hangover.
Growing up in the South I knew the tradition of blackeyed peas or hoppin’ john and collard greens eaten at 12:01am on New Years Day. This was for good luck in the new year: peas for coins and collards for greenbacks. The history of the blacked peas is quite interesting. Collards are known all over the world. These foods are staples in the southern kitchen and one can find recipes online.
As a child I used to go to bed long before midnight. I hated being wakened to eat peas and greens in the middle of the night. Now I look back and chuckle and remember my dear departed Mama. I hope your family has fond traditions, too. WATCH: TV MINISODE CHRISTMAS: DESIGNING WOMEN – NEW YEAR’S DAZE