Saturday, December 31, 2011

Strange and Wonderful Year

This year has been strange and wonderful. I spent time today scanning my blog entries for the year to get a feel for where I've been.
One event that weighed heavy was the tornadoes that devastated the state on April 27. It did something that no other event has done since I've been blogging -- It caused me to miss several days of updates because we had no power or Internet access for almost two weeks.
It seems that I struggled more in 2011. The writing was harder. Both Jilda and I have had more health issues this year than ever before in our lives.
But a lot of good things happened this year too. That seems to be the way life is -- ebb and flow. 
The Birds recorded a song entitled Turn, Turn, Turn that has always resonated with me, but I listened to the song again today and it seemed even more profound.
One of the biggest gifts that I've received is that I doubled the number of blog friends this year. 
In looking back at my goals from last year, I accomplished about 70% of what I said I wanted to do. A couple of biggies didn't get finished -- Jilda and I wanted to complete our singer/songwriter CD, and I wanted to have my second book printed by year's end. Neither of these happened. 
They are at the top of the list and they will happen in 2012.
I feel good about the coming year. We plan to perform more, write more, spend more time visiting with friends old and new. We're renewing our passports, so it is our intention to travel during the coming year.
I hope that 2012 is the best year ever for you all and that you have the opportunity to do something remarkable.


  1. Were you aware that the Byrds' song "Turn, Turn, Turn" was mostly just quoting from the book of Ecclesiastes? I've always liked that song, too.
    All the best to you this year! Happy traveling!

  2. Happy New Year!

    I hope 2012 brings you lots of joy and happiness and good health.

  3. Happy new year! May your wishes cometru!

  4. Amazing Blog! Happy New Year!

  5. Anonymous6:19 AM

    Happy New Year, may it bring nothing but joy.

  6. New Year, new beginning!! May you achieve more in 2012!! Can't wait for the CD!! Take care

  7. Happy New Year and I hope all your goals are accomplished and good health is there for you and Jilda! I'd say 70% is a good number since I'm usually at 0%!


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