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“Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a
going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us."
--Hal Borland


January is traditionally set aside as a time to reflect fondly upon the past and look forward to filling up that shiny new clean slate that is the new year. We at On the Rhodes take this to heart because our site is all about remembrance and preservation of the past utilizing the tools of the present and the future. 2006 was a great year for us and saw the birth of our amazing website, the sharing of special memories of our loved ones, and the collaborative efforts of our team to create a truly unique home on the web for the descendants of William and Jennie Rhodes. We look forward to 2007 and embrace the promise that it holds for the accomplishment of our current goals and formation of new ones. At this time of renewal, we call upon all of the members of our family to join with us this year as we continue in our efforts to bring our family together, renew old associations and friendships, and form new alliances and closeness amongst us.

We wish you all a very Happy New Year!

“Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it... If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, there is always another chance for you...for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down."
-- Mary Pickford

From Kay’s Kollektion of Favorite Recipes


Traditionally, it was believed that people could affect their luck throughout the coming year by what they did or ate on the first day of the year. Many cultures consider black eyed peas and other legumes good luck and a traditional meal for New Year’s Day throughout the southern United States is Hoppin’ John. Here is Kay Rhodes’ recipe for Hoppin’ John from Kays Kollecktion of Favorite Recipes, altered somewhat by your favorite newsletter editor:


• 2 cans black eyed peas (I drain most of the juice out)

• 1 cup chopped ham

• 1 cup chopped onion (or a little onion powder)

• 2 tsp. hot pepper sauce

• 2 Tbsp. butter melted

• 3 cups cooked rice (or one rice cooker full)

Saute’ ham, onions and hot pepper sauce in butter over moderate heat for about 5 minutes, until onions are soft but not brown. Combine blackeyed peas, ham mixture, and rice and heat through. You can garnish with ham slices if you like.

Ginger's Family Fact


James Ramsey was a grandfather of William Rhodes. James, age 29, along with his two brothers, Michael, age 24, and Benjamin, age 22, enlisted in Company E, 115th Infantry of the Union Army on August 13, 1862, for service in the Civil War. They were mustered into service on September 13, 1862, at Camp Butler. All three died of disease during service. Michael died on November 11, 1862 in Lexington, Kentucky. James died on January 11, 1863 in Danville, Kentucky, and Benjamin died on June 17, 1863 in Danville, Kentucky. You can see the Military records at On The Rhodes . You can also see photographs of Benjamin and Michael Ramsey at

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New Years’ Trivia and Fun Stuff

An Excuse For a Party…

The earliest recording of a new year celebration is believed to have been in Mesopotamia, c. 2000 B.C. and was celebrated around the time of the vernal equinox, in mid-March. A variety of other dates tied to the seasons were also used by various ancient cultures. The Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Persians began their new year with the fall equinox, and the Greeks celebrated it on the winter solstice.

During the Middle Ages, the Church remained opposed to celebrating New Years. January 1 has been celebrated as a holiday by Western nations for only about the past 400 years.

Those Broken Promises to Ourselves…

One of the most popular traditions at New Years is making resolutions. This tradition dates back to the early Babylonians, whose most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment.

Top Four Modern Resolutions:

1) Increasing exercise
2) Being more conscientious about work or school
3) Developing better eating habits
4) Stopping smoking, drinking or using drugs,including caffeine

10 Tips for Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions:

•Be realistic and set attainable resolutions.

•Plan ahead and don't make spontaneous resolutions on New Year's Eve.

•Outline your plan and decide ahead of time how you will deal with temptation.

•Make a "pro" and "con" list regarding your resolution to refer to during those times when you have trouble keeping your resolve. For example: One con of overeating is lack of energy to do the things you want and need to do.

•Talk about it--tell people about your resolutions so that they can help you keep them. Better yet, find a buddy who shares your resolution and you can support each other throughout the year.

• Reward yourself for keeping your resolve with healthy things you enjoy.

•Track your progress, making sure that you set short term goals which are incremental to reaching your long term goals. Celebrate reaching those short term goals!

•Don't beat yourself up--do the best you can each day and take one day at a time.

•Stick to it: Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity, such as exercising, to become a habit, and 6 months for it to become part of your personality.

•Keep trying: If your resolution has totally run out of steam by mid-February, don't despair. Start over again! There's no reason you can't make a "New Year's Resolution" any time of year.

Goo Goo, Wah!!...

The tradition of baby to symbolize the new year began in Greece around 600 B.C. to whom the baby represented the annual rebirth of their god of wine, Dionysus. Early Christians denounced the use of the baby as a symbol of rebirth due to its pagan origins, but the Church eventually allowed its members to celebrate the new year with a baby if they considered the baby symbolic for the birth of Jesus. New Year baby symbolism was brought to America by the Germans who had used the effigy since the fourteenth century.

Other Symbols of New Year’s Luck…

Any Ring Shape, especially doughnuts if you’re Dutch


A Hog, which symbolizes prosperity


Cabbage Leaves, which represent paper currency


A tall, dark haired man as your first New Year’s visitor



With a song in our hearts...

Auld Lang Syne is a Scottish song first published by the poet Robert Burns in 1796 in the book Scots Musical Museum. Burns transcribed it and altered the lyrics a bit after he heard it sung by an old man from his homeland, the Ayrshire area of Scotland.

Auld Lang Syne literally translates as “old long since”, or more idiomatically 'long ago', or 'days gone by'. The verses ask if old friends and times will be forgotten, as well as pledging to remember people and past fondly.

In his retelling of fairy tales in the Scots language, Matthew Fitt used the phrase “In the days of auld lang syne” as the equivalent of “Once upon a time”. In Scots, Syne is pronounced like the English word sign--not zine as many people pronounce it.

Traditionally, Auld Lang Syne is accompanied by a dance. The group who are singing form a ring holding hands for the first verse. For the second verse, arms are crossed and again linked. For the third verse everyone moves in to the center of the ring and then out again. In any case, it is one of the best known songs in English-speaking countries--although, like many other frequently sung songs the melody is better remembered than the words, which are often sung incorrectly and seldom in full.

Anglicized translation:

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !
And surely I’ll buy mine !
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We two have run about the hills,
and pulled the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine (dinner time) ;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give us a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

"Auld Lang Syne"
James Taylor


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