In Barcelona, the tradition holds that at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve you are to eat one grape for each chime of the bell, supposedly bringing you luck for each month of the coming year, IF you can manage to eat all 12 by the last chime. Despite that the local folks at the party I attended knew better to take the seeds out of the grapes ahead of time, I still managed to consume all 12, seeds and all, so I feel quite good going into the New Year!

I wish each and every single one of you the very best for the coming year, and hope that it will invite you to:

“Dance like there’s no one watching,
Sing like there’s no one listening,
Live like Heaven is on earth,
And Speak from the heart to be heard.”

I wish you a wonderful, magical, memorable 2008
full of unabashed joy,
abundant good health,
countless celebrations,
unadulterated laughter,
boundless love,
and explosive, resounding, earth shattering peace for us all.