New Years Eve – Finally

Is there anyone in the Anglo-American world who hasn’t had their fill (and much more) of 2020? Well, kids, it looks like we’re gonna make it. Not that anything is solved really, the pols are still trying to remove our freedom using Wuhan Flu as their excuse, Boris still hasn’t a clue as to what Churchill was really about, in truth he’s a poseur, and here in America not least because our judges are cowards, it increasingly looks like we have the illegitimate Biden regime to look forward to. No good prospects in sight.

But it isn’t 1941 yet when FDR and Churchill met at Argentia Bay the free people of the world all spoke English, and Uncle Sam was just starting to get over being Rip van Winkle with his 20-year nap.

That’s not so true now, the American people sound increasingly like it’s either 1859 or maybe and more accurately 1774. Well, even a British education can’t hide what happened next and from what I’m reading the British are also starting to wake up. Even more, than us, they have a dearth of leadership. President Trump issued a proclamation honoring St Thomas Becket on the 850th anniversary of his martyrdom in Canterbury Cathedral, last Monday. St Thomas, he referred to as “a Lion of religious Liberty” and the proclamation states this…

The president’s proclamation heralds Becket as the precursor to “numerous constitutional limitations on the power of the state over the Church across the West,” particularly the Magna Carta, which declared that “[T]he English church shall be free, and shall have its rights undiminished and its liberties unimpaired.”

“It is because of great men like Thomas Becket that the first American President George Washington could proclaim more than 600 years later that, in the United States, ‘All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship’ and that ‘it is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights,’” the proclamation said.

That is important for us, and it is important for the British to realize that we honor their pioneering efforts in making men free, all that America is was built on English foundations, that still hold.

But for the first time since 2016, this blog is not all Neo, thankfully. My two main contributors, gingers both (go figure) have much to do with what we do here, like our new fiction category which was Audre’s idea, strongly supported by Jessica.

If you’ve been here long, you’ll realize that Jess is my dearest friend, and here she tells a bit about that came to be. here’s Jess

Neo asked me to say something about how it feels to be back blogging, so here goes.

I started my own blog back in 2012, and met Neo soon after, as fellow start-ups we got along more than just fine. In November 2012 I began writing here, partly as a filler for Neo’s absence over the holiday season. The fun came to an end round Easter 2016 when I got seriously ill. Neo was sweet and kind enough not only to keep me in his prayers, but to re-publish a few pieces, but I suspect that like me, he never expected to see me back here again – and yet he kept the faith, which is, as regulars will know, just what the man does – and then in October this year, I was well enough to come back. Since then I have been publishing mainly fiction here, and much enjoying it.

Has this place changed? Sure, we all change. There are some new (to me) readers, who have been kind enough to comment, and there is my co-blogger, Audre, who always adds a note of common sense and quiet humour. I have never been particularly political, and don’t feel I have a political home. What I do enjoy, is good company, which I get here, and good writing, ditto. I think you are all terribly sweet to put up with this Anglo-Welsh changeling who inflicts her stories on you. I love writing my Gospel stories from the female point of view, and for those of you still awake, there’s a length to run yet on my “Rowan” saga, as well as on my imagining on Mary Magdalen.

Above all though, it’s fun to be back here and with you all – and let’s hope for a better 2021 for us all!

She’s right, I kept the faith, well mostly, it began to waver a bit here and there as despair began to sneak in. I’m told that seeing Audre’s posts both here and on Jess’ AATW encouraged her to come back first there and then here. My word how I missed her, her blog posts yes, but even more her steady friendship and love, and some fine advice as well.

We have spoken of Audre, and I asked her for her thoughts as well, and they make an excellent end to this post because they are true for all of us. And I think we all want to thank you gluttons for punishment who read here, we admire your fortitude, if not always your sense. Here’s Audre…

What a flippin’ year it’s been. And yet – how wonderfully amazing.

I was generously given a little patch of land to do with as I saw fit. The surprise of the offer set me back and I had to think about it awhile but in the end, I accepted it with both joy and trepidation. I’ve never had a little patch of land before and wanted it to be sprinkled with wild flowers and decorative boulders and a little river running through it. That’s what I’ve tried to create.

My little patch of land is the space Neo offered to me. I’ve never done a blog before. And – Neo casts a mighty big shadow; following in his footsteps is daunting but in the end, I can only be me and he’s never once complained. Grimaced once in awhile I suspect but he gave me free range and now it seems as natural to me as brushing my teeth. I’m retired; I don’t do ‘deadlines’ anymore – but I find that there’s no shortage of things to consider and I actually get ahead in pieces to be published.

As you have walked by and stopped to look at my little patch of land, you smiled, or laughed, or rolled your eyes (probably mostly rolled your eyes) but in your kindness you watered the flowers, added your own decorations, and greatly improved the content of the little patch of land.

Many thanks to Neo, and to you, for your fortitude and forgiveness. It’s been a great 10 months of writing and of reading your comments.

Happy New Year (finally) from all of us at NEO


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20 Responses to New Years Eve – Finally

  1. JessicaHoff says:

    Am I allowed to like it as I wrote a bit of it? 😊. But like it I do. It’s good to be back here, and I want to wish Audre, Neo and all our readers a better 2021 as we all say a heartfelt “out” to 2020.

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  2. audremyers says:

    You’re quite the accomplished tailor, Neo, stitching us all together. It’s a beautiful patchwork quilt and you have quite the eye for detail. Well done, you.

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  3. 39 Pontiac Dream says:

    I wasn’t planning to post today – still feeling rough from too much vodka a couple of days ago – but I couldn’t leave 2020 without wishing you all a Happy New Year.

    As you know, my introduction to this site came around the mid point of this year and it was Audre who directed me here. Feel free to correct me, Audre, but I’m sure you posted on TCW about Dave’s wealth of knowledge on American and British conservatism and how I would enjoy his blogs. Well, I skipped over to Neo and have been hooked ever since. I’ve learnt an awful lot since I’ve been here and will no doubt continue to learn next year. I’ve also enjoyed the conversation with your writers and commenters and, I imagine, 2021, will offer us much to ponder.

    That said, I’m looking to step back for a bit. Over the last month or so, I’ve been commenting and writing less and the books I should have been writing over the last few years have gone by the by but I must return to them. There’s also the small matter of my work which I need to put more effort into and I have a few ideas for the New Year that I can try to implement, as best as I can.

    For now, though, Happy New Year, all at Neo and I’ll see you on and off throughout the year. 🙂

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  4. 39 Pontiac Dream says:

    Oops, I forgot to add Tina’s name to my wishes for you next year!

    She also reads this site and will look to add her thoughts next year. For now, she wishes you all a Happy New Year, as do I. 🙂

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  5. Nicholas says:

    The return of Jess and seeing Audre’s posts has done much to help me through the year. I have also found that, though I often think of things I might like to write about, I have little passion to write at AATW these days.

    2012 seems an eternity ago now. So much has happened since then, both personally and on the world stage. My love and good wishes to everyone here and may you all find Whom and what you need to navigate the perilous days ahead. I have tried to sound the alarm and I hope that some of what I have said will remain.

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  6. Neo says:

    I find Jess doing such a wonderful job there, that I don’t want to intrude, merely learn from her.

    Indeed, and interestingly the roots of today for many of us run through 2012, for the fightback on the fraudulent election have its roots in watching Romney throw that election.

    That’s where America began to wake up.

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  7. the unit says:

    Yep, finally.
    This last day of 2020 has slowed down to where I can take time to wish all here on this blog site Happy New Year.
    Been a hectic day for us (my family), but all is well. Won’t be up at mid-night to welcome it though.
    Happy New Year!

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