A poet laureate is a poet officially appointed by a government body. His or her purpose is to compose or choose poems to recite at special events and occasions for the community in which they have been named. The Italians were the first to use poet laureates and in Britain the poet is also paid for his/her service. In 2018, for the first time in its history, Anaheim has appointed a Poet Laureate, Grant Hier. Grant and his wife Laura are long time residents of Anaheim. Hier is a creative writing professor at Laguna College of Art + Design in Laguna Beach and has published several collections including his book "Untended Garden", about Southern California history and culture, which won him the Prize Americana award. His latest publication, Similitude, a poetry collection, was launched in late 2018. Poetry can often reach into places in our hearts and minds and bring peace in times of sorrow and joy. To take advantage of the postings and work Grant is doing as our City's first poet laureate, you can visit ghier.com or follow him on Facebook(Grant Hier) or Instagram (anaheim_poet).
Since its January, we can't get the word resolution out of our mind. We hear it every year at this time and in fact, usually about this time of month we find out just how many of those resolutions we can't keep. Maybe one of the reasons is that January 1st brings around a long to-do list of things we find really hard or just plain don't want to do. Goals and resolutions may be good for us, but they aren't always easy. That's a lot of pressure. In our last blog, we mentioned some resolutions that that may help if you are grieving the loss of a loved one, we hope these may give you comfort. But as we were contemplating resolutions, we looked up the definition - the firm decision to do or NOT DO something. That second part is often left out. Curious. Can you think of things that you do that if you stopped doing them, you would feel a bit better? Maybe a family tradition that only makes you sad, or a friend that really isn't a friend or a task that doesn't need to be done, but you've just always done it. Take some time and think about it. What can you resolve NOT to do that will change your life for the better? We don't mean just NOT eating sweets, but something that speaks to your soul that lets you release a burden that will make life in 2019 just that much better.