bright new January dawn

In Spite of

Sharing Stories
January 8, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.
Dawn in Seattle with Mt. Rainier
Dawn in Seattle with Mt. Rainier Janice Van Cleve

"In Spite of"

In spite of war, pandemic, inflation, possible deeper recession, and our own personal troubles on the horizon, there is nothing like a bright new January dawn to lift the spirits and boost our optimism for the New Year. We fill our lungs with the cold fresh air and begin again to work for progress, health, democracy, kindness, and prosperity—not forgetting, of course, that big volcano in the corner.

Janice Van Cleve is a Washington writer who has attended many classes of Ariele’s including being in her personal writing group for years.

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