Message for the New Year 2016


“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”80px-RWEmerson

― Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 to 1882)

Carolyn’s New Year note for 2016:  I saw  this Emerson quote posted at a holiday party recently, and thought it might be useful for us human beings in the 21st Century.  It’s Leap Year this year (February 29 is Leap Day for you ladies), and also U.S. Presidential Election year, very important to us here at Blog for Arizona.

Happy New Year!

Alles Gute zum Neuen Jahr (“Everything good  for the new year”, from my German husband).

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou, as we say in Hawaii.



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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 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, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. when emerson visted henry david thoreau in jail for refusing to pay his taxes to support the mexican war. emerson tried to shame him by asking thoreau “what are you doing in there? thoreau did shame emerson who also opposed the mexican war by asking him “what are you doing out there?

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