(CNN)Here's a look at New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, which marks the end of the old year and the beginning of the new year. Facts:December 31,2019 and January 1, 2020 - New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are on a Tuesday and Wednesday. History:The earliest known New Year celebrations were in Mesopotamia and date back to 2000 BC. The early Romans used March 1 as New Year's Day. Other cultures used the autumn equinox or the winter solstice to mark the new year. 1582 - The Gregorian calendar, which marks January 1 as the new year, is adopted by the Roman Catholic Church. Read More January is named after Janus, the god with two faces, one looking forward and one looking backward. Traditions:New Year's is the time when many people traditionally make resolutions to break bad habits or start good ones. Ancient Persians gave New Year's gifts of eggs, which symbolized productiveness. Most New Year's traditions are believed to ensure good luck for the coming year. Many parts of the … [Read more...] about New Year’s Fast Facts
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Source: Morguefile The annual curse, the perennial plunder, the bane of our existence. Every year with the most noble of intentions, we commit to a plan of improvement, a personal promise, which in all likelihood will ultimately fail. If you are like most mortals, in the next few weeks you will disdain the holiday revelry and commit to a healthy lifestyle that includes the elimination of bad habits, by echoing a renewal sentiment in the form of New Year's resolutions. Turning the calendar is a time for optimistic intentions, like the ethereal spring training dream of a frustrated Chicago Cubs fan waiting for a World Series win, we ardently believe, that this will be the year when our commitments will not wane. Many of us will solemnly swear to abandon procrastination, not cheat on our diets when no one is looking, and rebuke the “I am entitled to” mentality that often accompanies the recidivism of our contentious behaviors. For many, the idealistic and … [Read more...] about Why Is It So Darn Hard to Keep New Year’s Resolutions?
Samantha Vinograd is a CNN national security analyst. She is a senior adviser at the University of Delaware's Biden Institute, which is not affiliated with the Biden campaign. Vinograd served on President Barack Obama's National Security Council from 2009 to 2013 and at the Treasury Department under President George W. Bush. Follow her @sam_vinograd. The views expressed in this commentary are her own. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)While Kim Jong Un may like hyperbole almost as much as President Donald Trump does, his regime's latest claim of successfully conducting "another crucial test" is a cause for serious concern as analysts determine exactly what transpired. North Korea has given US negotiators until the end of the year to make a breakthrough in nuclear negotiations -- by which it means giving into Kim's demands that the US give North Korea what it wants, like sanctions relief. Kim's extortion campaign is probably premised on his assessment that President Trump … [Read more...] about Trump needs a better response to Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s resolution
I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity. This quote shows that the woman was not only funny, but she was wise. She recognized the importance of embracing the unknown, of appreciating the great adventure of life. As we approach the end of this year, I offer up her wisdom for you to absorb and turn over in your own mind. Have you embraced the unknown in this last year? Are you willing to embrace it in the coming year? How will you do this? Leslie Becker-Phelps, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice and is on the medical staff at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, NJ. She also writes a blog for WebMD (The Art of Relationships) and is the relationship expert on WebMD’s Relationships and Coping … [Read more...] about Think About This Before Making Your New Year’s Resolution
The Saint Street Inn's illuminated porch — where people often linger after dinner for live music or trivia — will soon be dark.The neighborhood farm-to-table restaurant is closing at the end of the year. "We want to go out on a high note," said The Saint Street Inn's owner Nathan Stubbs. "We're not going to be sad. We're going to celebrate eight years and the fact that we made it this far. It's something we should celebrate." Success! An email has been sent with a link to confirm list signup. Error! There was an error processing your request. Stubbs cited financial troubles as the primary reason for closing the restaurant. The past two years have been especially tough thanks to a sluggish economy and more competition from new local restaurants.The Saint Street Inn, 407 Brook Ave., is currently in negotiations with the IRS for about $225,000 worth of unpaid taxes, interest and penalties, according to tax lien records."We are working with a tax resolution … [Read more...] about The Saint Street Inn to close after 8 years: ‘We’re not going to be sad’
The earliest-known ancestor of modern primates, including humans, roamed North America 56 million years ago. Scientists dated a jaw of a fossilised mouse-sized mammal and found it was as old as specimens found in Europe and China, where it was thought the species originated. The animal is known as Teilhardina and eventually gave rise to today's monkeys, apes and humans. Only humans spread further than Teilhardina, which was found in the forests of Asia, Europe and North America. Scroll down for video Scientists that dated the jaw of a fossilised mouse-sized mammal (pictured) found it to be as old as specimens found in Europe and China, where it was thought the species originated Dr Paul Morse from the University of Florida said: 'About 56 million years ago, on an Earth so warm that palm trees graced the Arctic Circle, a mouse-sized primate known as Teilhardina first curled its fingers around a branch. 'While the fossils we've found potentially overturn past … [Read more...] about Born in the USA! Mouse-sized creature that lived in North America 56 million years ago is the earliest-known ancestor of modern primates, including apes and humans