You always know it’s an important celebration here in New Jersey when the festivities include fireworks. Tonight there will be many fireworks to accompany the
champagne toasts, singing of the traditional Scottish folksong “Auld Lang Syne,” (literally, Old Long Since, meaning long, long ago) and ringing of bells.
Auld Lang Syne is interpreted as a call to remember long-standing friendships as it recognizes the ending of one period of time and the beginning of another (or of an event marking a rite of passage). Brad shot these fireworks a few years ago as part of an end of the school year celebration.
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Today is the official holiday in the US recognizing Cristoforo Colombo’s arrival to the Americas. I prefer to think of it as a day to celebrate the discovery of things
Under sail aboard the Victory Chimes off the coast of Maine.
that are new to us. Discovery requires courage to embark on a journey to something unknown.
Certainly Christopher Columbus and his crew had courage. They had the courage to face whatever disease, disaster or even whatever manner of death might strike. They expected to suffer hardship, yet they were game for a good adventure, and willing to roll the dice for the promise of discovering something bigger than they already knew or could imagine.