Well, folks – this was the year that was. I wish you all a very good and productive 2014. You know that resolution of “finally writing / publishing that novel”? Well, this is the time to renew it and to keep it. And I know just the helpful, sympathetic and affordable professional who can help you achieve this dream (wink wink, nudge nudge).
The illustration above is based on an old Romanian New Year greeting card. The boy with the whip is performing a traditional ritual of welcoming the New Year, called Plugusor (here in a heavy metal version by the Moldovan band Zdob si Zdub). The chanting of a series of wishes for a prosperous New Year is normally accompanied by the jingle of handbells and crack of whips (less so in urban environments today).