Looking back – and forward

I always pay attention to what Chinese Lunar Calendar says in general: year of Rooster – check. Fire, gold and red – check. As to the details, they are sometimes contradicting each other, so they have to be approached critically. Like, in some sources I have read that the year of Rooster is always the worst of all the years of the Cycle, with which I totally disagree.

(I thought about roosters and cycles when walking the streets of Waterford during Winterval festival)

Lets go back and see what the years of Rooster were like. I will start from 1957, for a particular reason 😉

1957

The Treaty of Rome was signed by six countries establishing European Economic Community – the future EU.  Yay for that. Soviet Union sent a dog Laika into Space. Federal Troops were sent to Arkansas to enforce anti-segregation laws. Yearly Inflation Rate USA 3.34%; UK 3.3%

1969

Richard Nixon was inaugurated. Apollo 11 astronauts took first walk on the Moon. The US had the greatest number of troops in Vietnam. To compare with turbulent 1968,  1969 seems to be quieter, but the same problems remained.

1981

Ronald Reagan was inaugurated. First flight of Space Shuttle Columbia.  Yearly Inflation Rate USA 10.35%; UK 11.9%. Margaret Thatcher’s Government began privatisation of nationalised industries that revived economy ( I think it worked).

1993

Bill Clinton was inaugurated. Islamic Fundamentalists bombed World Trade Center. Earthquakes and floods happened all over the world. The US and Soviet Union signed Start II Treaty ( bilateral reduction of nuclear warheads). The World Wide Web was born.

2005

Hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes all over the world. London bombing, terrorist attacks in India and Egypt. Natural disasters and terrorist attacks are typical features of the past decade, not only of 2005.

So, in general, the years of Rooster most definitely were not the worst years ( not the best either…) For me personally, 1981 and 1993 were both tragic, but 2005 was all right, so I see a trend of improvement 🙂

I think that we sometimes have to get off the carousel, sit back and contemplate for a minute. It helps put things into perspective and illuminate priorities. We might even re-evaluate our ‘bad years’ after all.

This Christmas tree is a part of a charity project.  It was displayed during the Winterval festival in Waterford. Soft toys remind me of a furry friend whom we lost this December.

I took this picture in May. In July my daughter wrote me that Grishnak was dying, and all family members spent some time with him saying goodbye.  Yet, he miraculously recovered after a few days, and I saw him again in August. He lived to welcome another baby in the family, but after that his health started to deteriorate again, and on December 11 he was gone.

This picture was taken in September. Now the empty box symbolises the emptiness he left behind. I didn’t realise that it would be my last picture of him.


This year I lost a relative and several former schoolmates. It was a sad year of losses for all of us as we said goodbye to David Bowie, Gene Wilder, Leonard Cohen, George Michael, Carrie Fisher (dang it, I had to edit this sentence twice before posting this blog! What a horrible year!)  and many others who were part of our life. The last, and the most painful loss that still hurts so much, is the death of beloved blogger friend, the finest Poet and amazing Human, Cynthia Jobin. Here is a link to her last poem she posted just a week before she left us. I keep coming to her blog, like an orphan – I just cannot move on.


Soon we will leave this sad year behind, and I look forward to the New Year’s arrival and the start of a new calendar. I don’t know what this year will bring, I just hope I will do my part and bring something good myself, regardless. The year of Red and Gold Fire Rooster – it will be spectacular if nothing else 🙂 But I do hope it is also kind and gentle on all of us – please, no rooster fights!

Happy New Year to all!

Thank you for your friendship, and for your wonderful blogs that made my 2016 a better year!

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There are links from my previous Christmas – New Year posts:

https://inesemjphotography.com/category/happy-new-year/ https://inesemjphotography.com/2014/12/13/year-is-running-out/ https://inesemjphotography.com/2014/12/06/christmas-story/ https://inesemjphotography.com/category/christmas/

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181 comments

  1. I think there is a tendency to highlight the worse and the sad. As horoscopes were made by cultures in the Northern Hemisphere i don’t pay attention to them as our stars are different. I hope you can are having a great year, Inese. : )

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  2. Such a shame we are all getting older….my school class lost more this year also, and it wasn’t the ones addicted to the drink that left us…or even the politicians.

    In our local Chinese restaurant, they proudly display calendars all over the walls proclaiming the Year of “the cock” for 2017. So far no students have added addendums to those calendars….

    Here, deep in the New World, the peasants have selected a banty Rooster themselves, so we shall certainly see some strutting and fussing in the yard, particularly with the other roosters. it should make for interesting drama if nothing else…

    Here’s hoping your Year of The Rooster is a grand one!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! You are so right about getting older. It hurts when you learn that boys and girls from your class are no more.
      I too worry about your rooster, and the only thing I can tell to comfort you is that everything shall pass.
      Have a great 2017!

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  3. So sorry to hear about you losing your furry friend, relativesa, and school mates. And your blogging friend, I hadn’t come across her blog before. Overall 2016 was a pretty wretched year and I am glad to see the back of it. All the best to you and yours for 2017. 🙂

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  4. Happy New Year, Inese. What a beautiful post. An interesting look back, for sure. Here’s to a wonderful 2017. Your photos are beautiful and your writing touches my heart. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss of little Grishnak.

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    1. Thank you so much, Linda! I am missing this remarkable cat, and I am grateful that he gave me the last opportunity to see and serve him.
      Have a healthy and happy New Year, wonderful in all aspects! xxxx

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  5. Grishnak joins so many amazing souls that have left this world in 2016. The vibrant light of your photos reminds me of the impact we all can make while still on this wonderful Earth.

    Let’s shine our heart in the dark places that need warmth and hope. There are even the smallest of corners that would do well with a tiny flame. A smile to a stranger can make a world of difference to someone going through pain.

    Thank you for your lovely blog, Inese. Your joyful heart leaves me with a sense of peace and comfort. Much love. xo

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    1. Thank you so much for your beautiful words, Rose! Whatever happens in the world, it doesn’t give us neither a right nor a reason to add to the negativity. Those tiny flames must spread light and warmth, always 🙂
      Love and best wishes to you ❤

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  6. Inese, This is an excellent New Year’s post. You’ve given us both the world to remember [without a lot of pain] and a year to look forward to [if we open our hearts and our eyes] and allow the joys to enter into our existence.
    Your blogs are becoming both so visually appealing, as always, but your philosophical enhancement is such an enrichment.

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  7. The pics from the festival are just stunning! And I love your thoughts about the rooster years (having been born in one myself 😉). And I agree, there have been far too many losses the past year, both worldwide and personal 😦
    In human and geological history there’s almost always happening something good after devastation and destruction. Let’s hope this year will proof it right and will surprise us all with something beautiful. xxxxxxxx

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  8. A fascinating review of past Years of the Rooster, Inese, and beautiful photos that seem to symbolize the glowing eternal circle of life despite the many losses of the passing year. I send blessings of peace and joy and thank you for transporting me to so many wondrous places through your exquisite photography. ❤

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  9. Dear Inese, this is what I wrote on Cynthia’s blog, but my comment probably won’t display as it’s waiting for someone to moderate it. …

    “So sad. I’ve read this poem a year after Cynthia is no longer here. But how beautiful that others are still mentioning it, which is why I’m here because another blogger has just remembered her in a post https://inesemjphotography.com/2016/12/30/looking-back-and-forward/. This is the wonder of the web, that someone can write something so amazing and their words are there forever. It’s a form of immortality”.

    I love that picture of the roosters. That was very interesting, you listing the happenings in past Years of the Roosters. I was born in the Year of the Snake, It would be interesting to check out what happened in those years.

    We must hope and pray that those “roosters” behave themselves this year!

    Wishing you peace, happiness, and joy in 2017.

    Sarah x

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarah! Almost every day I open Cynthia’s blog, but I cannot explain what I expect to see there – I just don’t know. I thought about writing a blog about her, but I am not a writer, I won’t find the right words. I know someone of her friends will do it, and I hope to see her poetry published. Thank you again for your kind words. Have a wonderful year, have your dreams fulfilled! xx

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      1. That would be wonderful, if Cynthia’s poetry was published. Meanwhile, Inese, I’m sure you could find the words to express what you wanted to say about her in a blog post. Just let it come from heart. You write beautifully about all sort of things, which makes you a writer, doesn’t it? Ditto … you have a wonderful year and your dreams fulfilled. xox

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  10. Such a heartfelt post, Inese, and beautifully expressed. I didn’t realise that the year of the Rooster was regarded as the worst in the Chinese zodiac, but last year (year of the Monkey?) couldn’t have been much worse for many individuals I know. There were also many tragedies and wars worldwide.
    The losses of so many well-loved ‘celebrities’ (for want of a better word) are hard to take in. They seemed to have started with David Bowie last January and continued at intervals throughout the year. The last three deaths, all in one week, was so very sad. I’m also sorry to hear of the death of your blogging friend, Inese, although I didn’t know Cynthia myself. She will obviously be very missed by family and friends.
    We’re now into 2017 and must look forward to a better year, bearing in mind that the year of the Rooster isn’t always really bad, as your useful notes show. Let’s all hope for world peace and a better understanding of each other.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Millie! Yes, 2016 took away many people that have been a part of our lives. It was also a year of wars and preparation to new wars, but I do hope for a better new year, with less tragedies and more positive news from around the world. xx

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  11. Hugs, hope, and faith to you, Dear Friend. Such absences…damn, they just hurt.
    But I maintain hope.
    Christmases with my mother had been painful the last few years because of the loss of my father. She would literally tune us out for hours, sitting in a chair and staring at nothing.
    This year, she was alive again, talking and laughing. As the kids opened presents, she made an announcement to my brothers and I: she had started dating again.
    I hugged her tight, and told her I was happy for her. I know my brothers were a bit in shock, but I had seen how widowhood had impacted Bo’s father in his last five years of life. I didn’t want my mother to fall into that same trap of isolation and depression. And I know Dad sure as Heaven wouldn’t want that,either.
    So yeah, 2016 was a God-awful year. But there’s got to be hope found, too. I’m hoping to maintain a better relationship with my cousins, and I hope Mom’s new relationship is long-lasting. All flowers return to the soil from which they grew to help new ones grow again. I’m hoping this year can be like that. xxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. Jean, thank you for your good wishes. I have to visit your blog – I haven’t been there since Christmas, being caught in life and swallowed alive 🙂 I am so glad for your mother because it is better for you all – and I see it as a sign of happiness and peace sprouting and ready to bloom in your family. I am sure that step by step everything will work out, and this year is going to be happy and fulfilling. Happy New Year, happy writing! Thank you for being a wonderful friend! ❤

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  12. I was sorry to hear about the personal losses you had in 2016, Inese. As for the year of the rooster, I didn’t know it was supposed to be the worst of all years in the Chinese Zodiac, but I think your approach is a good one. The year 1981 was an awful one for me because it involved math lessons, but the years of the dog, monkey, goat, pig and so on all around it were equally bad, so I don’t think it’d be fair to single out the rooster. Let’s hope 2017 is a wonderful year for all of us.

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    1. I too was very surprised to read the bad news about the year of Rooster. I was actually looking for some splendid news, because it is my year. Well, with no support from The Year I guess my happiness is in my own hands only. And let’s hope for the best for all of us 🙂

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  13. Well …….. Cock-a-doodle-doo,
    Happy 2017 to you!
    Interestingly enough, the Year of the Rooster seems quite diplomatic to me.
    Is there a better animal to be the awakener of us all into a new year, new day, a new morn?
    It’s a song. Cock-a-doodle-doo!

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  14. Aww, there was much loss and some tragic political choices this year in Europe and the United States.
    I liked the way you covered so much here, Inese.
    Hope we all can move forward, for the sake who are young and look up to us, for our strength is what they count on.
    The world still holds loving, caring and involved people. I believe over 90% of the world is worth their weight in gold.
    Inese, I am so glad you featured different aspects of the year of the rooster, as well as what were sad parts of 2016. Very meaningful and nicely expressed post, dear friend! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Robin! It is my year and here I read that is isn’t a great year at all! I wasn’t happy, so I did a research and now I know it is going to be a year of good changes for all, and as always, our happiness remains in our own hands 🙂

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