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Editor’s Note: Embarking on 2018 with lyrical hopes

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good
I’m feeling good

The often-recorded song Feeling Good is in my iTunes mix as 2018 begins.
Nina Simone’s 1965 version charted decades later when heard in a Volvo commercial, and Michael Bublé’s 2005 cover has been used widely as well.
Its durable message appeals to me now, when not a single person I know doesn’t hope the year just beginning will be better than the last one. I think we all want a new dawn and new day. Right?
There were many mornings in 2017 when I woke seeking gratefulness and found refuge in the realization that due to the circumstances of my birth, I was not one of the 22.5 million refugees in the world. I was snug in my bed and didn’t need to flee a combat zone or try to decide what small items of remembrance I could safely take in a backpack before I left everything I knew and loved.
I don’t have to gamble my savings on a dangerous boat trip to a camp for displaced persons in a foreign land.
I have employment, family, friends and health. I have a home.
It’s so very easy to take all these things for granted.

Dragonfly out in the sun, you know what I mean, don’t you know
Butterflies all havin’ fun, you know what I mean
Sleep in peace when the day is done, that’s what I mean
And this old world is a new world
And a bold world
For me

So, my hope for 2018 is bold strides toward a new world of peace for us all.
Happy New Year!

— Mary Kate Leming, Editor

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