Happy Hogmanay!

The Scots gave us “Hogmanay” (their name for the celebration of New Year’s Eve) and Robert Burns, whose version of a Scottish folk song, “Auld Lang Syne,” is popular from Times Square to Thailand. My favorite verse is the last one, which I’ve never heard sung:
And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
and gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak’ a right gude-willie waught,
for auld lang syne.
And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.
As some clever person once said: “May the best of your past be the worst of your future.” Wishing the happiest of New Years to you all!


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