Skip to main content

The Wandering Man: Reflections for a New Year

Jan 14, 2013 06:31PM ● Published by Emma Dittmann

Tamon Mark Uttech

By: Tamon Mark Uttech

Where shall I chance to wander for this New Year?  This New Year will be wandering through our lives too.  You will find no end of the world, no end of days’ scenarios with me.  When I was a young boy, I was enthralled with the liturgy in the Lutheran church that my family belonged to.  Even when I was nine, I loved to sing about "world without end…"  I would hurry home and try to get into the garage without my mother seeing me; I knew she was going to tell me to "take off your suit and put on your play clothes!"  But I would get into the garage unseen, set up chairs (for my congregation, you understand) climb up a step ladder with my hymnal and carry on with the service I had just come from.  I never got carried away; I never played: 'Cowboys straightening out the heathen Indians.'  Now that I have grown up some, even turned to Catholicism, Judaism and Buddhism, I believe in multiplicities; 'worlds' without end.  What makes them are all the things that make up this one; oceans and deserts, mountain ranges and deep valleys, to name just a few.  And people, all kinds of people, all colors, all ages.  With things called mistakes built in.  I seem to know that humankind is well known for one simple thing, and that is a tendency to err.  A few years ago I stumbled upon a New Year's resolution that allowed me to be perfectly honest; I resolved to make "one less mistake" in the New Year to come.  That resolution would help keep me focused on here and now.

Here and Now has seasons too, all four.  Here and Now has candles, flags at half-staff, and surprised laughter to see the baby stand up and take a few steps.  Here and Now is the closest friend you will ever have, a chance for something new.

"Be ready" is something I heard in a sermon when I was so much younger.  It was repeated so often in that long sermon one summer morning that it never fails to bring me back into whatever present moment I am in.  As a young adult I heard of 'Beginner's Mind,' the mind full of possibilities.  The Beginner's Mind was also called a ready mind, clear like the mind you have when you wake up in the morning.  You get up. And then the mind begins to wander and wonder.

 

The young snowman liked the winter sunshine

it made things sparkle;

it didn't melt anything.

                     -tamon

Yes, a happy new year is something like that.

resolutions new years january february 2013
  • Tour de Marsh

    11/24/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • FAMILY EVENT: Holiday Crafting

    11/24/2017
    10:00AM — 03:00PM

    Hop the Downtown Holiday Trolley and head to DreamBank with the family for free hot cocoa, a holi...


  • FAMILY EVENT: Pictures with Santa

    11/24/2017
    10:00AM — 02:00PM

    Hop the Downtown Holiday Trolley and head to DreamBank with the family for free hot cocoa, a holi...


  • Live Music at The Open Door Coffeehouse

    11/24/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    Lizzy puts on an amazing show and you won't want to miss it! Stop in for a rest after your Tur...


  • Tour de Marsh

    11/25/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • FAMILY EVENT: Pictures with Santa

    11/25/2017
    10:00AM — 02:00PM

    Hop the Downtown Holiday Trolley and head to DreamBank with the family for free hot cocoa, a holi...


  • FAMILY EVENT: Holiday Crafting

    11/25/2017
    10:00AM — 03:00PM

    Hop the Downtown Holiday Trolley and head to DreamBank with the family for free hot cocoa, a holi...


  • 15th Annual Festival of Trees

    11/25/2017
    05:00PM — 10:00PM

    Get ready for the holidays with an evening fulled with music, great food and the opportunity to b...


  • Tour de Marsh

    11/26/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Tour de Marsh

    11/27/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Tour de Marsh

    11/28/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • WINTER BREAK DREAMS RETREAT: Holiday Read-In

    11/28/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    Come spend a cozy morning at DreamBank! Stay in your PJs, pack a blanket and a pillow along with ...


  • Mom's Unite Evening Meet Up

    11/28/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Join us for a Mom's Group! Bring your kids or bring yourself! The choice is yours! Our Mom's g...


  • Tour de Marsh

    11/29/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • BDCH Robotic Surgery open house

    11/29/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    Robotic Surgery Open House 4:00 PM Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 707 S. University Ave., Beave...


  • Tour de Marsh

    11/30/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • FAMILY EVENT: Morning Play Date

    11/30/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Spend a morning meeting new friends at DreamBank! While the kids enjoy interactive story time and...


  • 15th Annual Festival of Trees

    11/25/2017
    05:00PM — 10:00PM

    Get ready for the holidays with an evening fulled with music, great food and the opportunity to b...


  • Crochet Basics

    12/01/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    Have you always wanted to learn how to crochet? This is your chance to learn basic techniques of ...


  • It's a Wonderful Life

    12/01/2017
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. ...


  • FAMILY EVENT: Pictures with Santa

    12/02/2017
    10:00AM — 01:00PM

    Hop the Downtown Holiday Trolley and head to DreamBank with the family for free hot cocoa, a holi...


  • Story Saturday

    12/02/2017
    11:00AM — 12:00PM

    The first Saturday of each month is Story Saturday at the Wisconsin Historical Museum! The FREE p...


  • The downtown merchants will decorate their windows to the theme "Light Up the Holidays." Windows...


  • Midwest Cream Cheese Competition

    12/02/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese processing plants in the nation. Our dairy pride takes center...


  • Experience a Scandinavian Yuletide through the magnificent voices heard from the combined women’s...


  • Art on the Town Paint Night Event

    12/07/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Join Art on the Town Wisconsin in this holiday paint party fundraiser at Chapel of the Archangels...


  • Books & Beer with Author Amanda Zieba

    12/07/2017
    07:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join us as we talk with author Amanda Zieba about her sweet story "Champion Chocolatier" and her ...


  • BDACT'S TALK, COMEDY and VARIETY SHOW hosted by JUDY HEIN.  SHOW DATES: December 7, 8 & 9 at 7:3...


  • BDACT'S TALK, COMEDY and VARIETY SHOW hosted by JUDY HEIN.  SHOW DATES: December 7, 8 & 9 at 7:3...


  • BDACT'S TALK, COMEDY and VARIETY SHOW hosted by JUDY HEIN.  SHOW DATES: December 7, 8 & 9 at 7:3...


  • Christmas at Marsh Haven

    12/10/2017
    10:00AM — 03:00PM

    Christmas at Marsh Haven & Holiday Nature Craft Show. 10 am to 3 pm. Spend some family time and e...


  • Beaver Dam Area Orchestra

    12/16/2017
    05:30PM

    The Beaver Dam Area Orchestra's annual holiday concert tradition. Two performances at 5:30 and ...


  • Healthy Holiday Cooking Demonstration

    12/19/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    Are you looking for holiday recipes that won’t hurt your good habits you’ve worked so hard to est...


  • Winter Break Creation Stations

    12/27/2017
    11:00AM — 02:00PM

    From glittery snow globes to sugar painted snowflakes, there’s an interactive and educational art...


  • Winter Break Creation Stations

    12/28/2017
    11:00AM — 02:00PM

    From glittery snow globes to sugar painted snowflakes, there’s an interactive and educational art...


  • Winter Break Creation Stations

    12/29/2017
    11:00AM — 02:00PM

    From glittery snow globes to sugar painted snowflakes, there’s an interactive and educational art...


  • Winter Break Creation Stations

    12/30/2017
    11:00AM — 02:00PM

    From glittery snow globes to sugar painted snowflakes, there’s an interactive and educational art...



High School Sports
Weekly Recipes