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Happy New Year! Happy Ground Hog Day!

Happy New Year Everyone!  Happy Ground Hog Day! Yes, I know, my New Year’s greeting is exactly thirty-one days late, and my Ground Hog Day greeting is one day too soon.  Having developed a habit of surfing under during the last half of December and the month of January each year, I use this time to take care of me, to reassess the path I travel, to listen intensively to what my inner voice is saying, and like the ground hog, I surface up one day earlier to check out the world on February 1.

According to the myths passed down through my family, if the ground hog sees it shadow we will have six more week of winter if he does not, then, spring is on its way.

I don’t know how much of that is truth, but one fact was clear for me when I surfaced out of my cubbyhole of self-inclusion this morning; the world is at war.

There is a war going on, people!  One little tiny country is being threatened by every nation surrounding it.  While some countries in another region of the world are being invaded, causing people to leave their homes and find refuge in overcrowded shelters.

Meanwhile, western civilization is securing its borders as suppression and abuse of women and children ravage throughout poverty-stricken countries.

Like the ground hog, I checked out the prognosis for a better 2013. Prognosis:  escalation of wars, more intolerance, and the continued violation of human rights.

Back to the ground hog, if he sees his shadow on February 2, he goes back into his cubbyhole and sleeps until spring. Unlike the ground hog, the luxury of sleeping until spring is out of the question for me.

So, have a good year everyone, and let us hope for a better world to come.

Photo on 2-1-13 at 10.44 AM #2







Pat Garcia



  1. A hopeful New Year, Pat, and the groundhog can keep on digging. Stay safe and keep your eyes toward the heavens. One day we shall see His coming! Amen!


    • Hi Jeanne,
      I wish you the very best this year. May your writing explode and your relationship with God deepens as you move through the days ahead.



  2. You came out of your hole w/a new picture. Clearly you are contemplating something – appropriate for this post.


    • Hi,

      You’re right. You are the only one who has mentioned that. I am still trying to get the article together. It is taking time and lots of research but I believe when it comes out you will know it. Happy New Year, Happy Ground Hog Day is the preamble to this article. Thank you for recognizing that. You are very watchful.



      • You got it and same to you.
        Keep on writing.


  3. Hi Sis,
    I thought the ground hog might have been shot at and decided not to come out. The world is truly in a sad state and wars seem to keep popping up all over, nothing seems to change. People talk about a hell in the hereafter, I think this is hell – a beautiful planet full of promise with people who ignore that beauty and try to destroy everything they touch.


    • Hi Bro,

      No, he wasn’t shot at, but the weather probably made him think that. You’re right about this being a beautiful planet. I wonder when we will wake up and realize it.
      Love you Bro.


  4. Raani York

    A VERY happy new year to you as well!! I can’t wait to communicate with you more often as well and read your blog again – and so on. I’m happy you’re fine!! Missed you!


  5. Thank you , wise woman, for popping up and blessing us . ..and continuing on in prayer. God bless you!


    • Hi Debbie,
      God bless you and I thank God that you are such a gifted poet and willing servant to pass on his word. May you have a blessed and loving year.



  6. Yeah! Yahoo! Yippee! & Congratulations! Now I’m off to click on your nominee links.


    • Hi Russel,

      Thank you for being so faithful to camp out at my blog. You’re one of the best.


  7. Ooops. Somehow my comment got posted here instead of on the blog I was reading. Ack. Must have something to do with beer and the Super Bowl……………lol


    • Hi Russel,

      The Super Bowl was great by the way. Hope you weren’t for the 49ers. If so, they’ll get the championship next year. Thanks so much for visiting.


  8. deirdret

    We have no idea what to expect, but we can rely on God’s grace to see us through. I am wishing you a very late Happy New Year and Happy Groundhog Day and Happy Martin Luther King day. Just happy days to you my friend, filled with love and grace and mercies abounding! I like your new hairdo! Very pretty! I love you!


    • My Dear Friend,

      You are so right. None of us know what to expect or when things will happen, but it is nice that we know someone who does.
      Take care and have a blessed year. Enjoy that wonderful granddaughter.



  9. Hi, Pat. An insightful post… I love your analogy of the ground hog. Lots of food for thought while we’re waiting for spring to arrive. How astute that your ended your post with ‘hope’ for a better world. You left me with this question for myself to answer in 2013, “How can I help the world become a better place..” I’ll have plenty to do if I only wake up from my winter’s nap and focus on doing one positive thing each day for someone else. I believe that we can change the world if we try. Thanks for the inspiration! Thanks also, for LIKING my press release. It made my day! Happy New Year, we’ve still got plenty of time to help make a difference. Blessings to you, Bette


  10. Nothing like being super slow…. sorry! I love your post… and agree, without Hope I think we would all be lost. 😀


  11. Dear Pat: Just saying hi from Jamaica! And thank you for your support and for visiting my blog! Best wishes, Emma


  12. Raani York

    I’ve tagged you. This is some kind of “Blog Tag” Award. If you go to http://raaniyork.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/tag-it/ you will find out quickly what it is. TAG – You’re it!!


  13. Raani York

    I do admire you; I therefore have nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award.


    Have fun!!! I think you and your work deserve it!


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