Happy New Year 2017


Well, now that 2016 is past and we are officially in 2017, I would like to wish our loyal readers at Blog for Arizona a Happy New Year.  In Hawaii we say “Hau’oli Makahiki Hou” for this New Year’s greeting.

My advice for the New Year is to look forward, not backwards, be hopeful and spread goodness and kindness. Climb your ladder of success, however you define “success”, envision your future’s goals, and good luck in your endeavors.

ladder photo courtesy of Carolyn Classen
ladder photo courtesy of Carolyn Classen


I find courage and wisdom in the words of Desiderata by Max Ehrmann: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desiderata

“Desiderata” (Latin: “desired things”) is a 1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann. Largely unknown in the author’s lifetime, the text became widely known …

“And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. ”

And if you find yourself at a loss for something to do in 2017, consult our image Calendar: https://blogforarizona.net/calendar-2/

Happy New Year all!

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).