“You shared the spark, / You fanned the flame, / You fed the fires, / You passed the Names. / For all those known and / For all unnamed, / For all who have walked the Way; / We raise this toast, / With thanks this day.

— From “Kindreds, Cuttings”

by Mike Garofalo

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

Well, folks, it’s a sort of Auld Lang Syne Saturday — 2007’s winding down by the hour and there’s precious little listed on the public calendar.

Most people have about as much to do as they can get done anyway. With the old year ’bout wrapped up, maybe the best plan is to take down the lights, undecorate the tree.

Make a few resolutions, dream some good dreams, spend a little time being thankful for what’s past.

Tuesday’s going to start that same old thing again, with 2008 taking its baby step into a year filled with who knows what mixed with a little how, why and because.

You know as well as anybody who’s visited this part of the page on Saturday before, in those 52 weeks, there’s sure to be Saturdays with more to do than anybody can get done. This Saturday, though, not much is doing except for taking down the Christmas tree and finishing off the leftovers. Because we’re about to kiss 2007 goodbye and call it a year.

Today’s community calendar is as sparse as the undecorated Christmas tree is about to be. The Lake Brownwood Lions Club is hosting bingo at 1:30 p.m. at the club building, located at 6751 Highway 279. But that’s about it, for the daytime activity this week.

Of course, the Brown County Museum of History, located downtown in the old jail across from the courthouse, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday, and if you haven’t visited it lately, or if company is in town who have never been — today might be a good day for that. So go.

And if you’re out toward the lake, anyway, here’s a good way to end the year or start it: The citizens of Lake Brownwood and Keep Brownwood Beautiful will cosponsor the recycling trailer from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lake Brownwood Bridge Volunteer Bridge Fire Station on Highway 279 south of the bridge.

Please, be a friend to Mother Nature and recycle your emptied and washed-out glass, aluminum and/or tin or metal cans and plastic soda and/or water bottles and milk jugs, as well as any corrugated cardboard or newspaper you would otherwise throw away.

And yes, it may be the last Saturday of the year, which will mean for some that some tough days are ahead, just like for some, there’s some tough days behind. Each day, can only be taken one day at a time. And if a day’s too much, then take it by the hour. This Saturday, like every Saturday and every other week day, New Way Narcotics Anonymous meets at noon and 7 p.m. at 602 W. Commerce. For more information call 646-7777.