New Year’s Eve – New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/31/opinion/31mon3.html?em&ex=1199336400&en=317504e47aed2415&ei=5087%0A

Yet more reasons to love the NY Times: “Fluff” pieces like this. It’s not “news”; more somewhere between editorial and poetry. A sort of General Studies for adults, making us more well-rounded human beings. Bring it on.

It’s worth standing out in the snow just to savor the anticlimax of midnight, just to acknowledge that out of the tens of millions of species on this planet, only one bothers to celebrate not the passing of time, but the way it has chosen to mark the passing of time. I remember the resolutions I made when I was younger. I find myself thinking that one way to describe nature is a realm where resolutions have no meaning.

It’s not that time isn’t passing or that the night doesn’t show it. The stars are wheeling around Polaris, and the sugar maples that frame the pasture are laying down another cellular increment in their annual rings. The geese stir in the poultry yard. A hemlock sheds its snow. No two nights are ever the same.

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