As we approach the beginning of a New Year, I love the sense of determination in Brendan Kennelly’s poem “Begin”. I see it as self-worth expressed in a morning walk by the canal:


written by John Niland I’ve always disliked New Year resolutions. Somehow, the darkest days of winter do not feel like the ideal time to be depriving oneself of life’s little pleasures, nor to be imposing yet more expectations on an overburdened self. Don’t get me...