Thursday, December 29, 2016


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So many wonderful celebrities of passed recently. It’s a bit mindboggling. However, as I’ve read these announcements over the past few days, I’ve also noticed numerous posts from people on Facebook and Twitter, even Google Plus, about how 2016 has been a horrible year.

I often see posts about health issues, financial problems, and OMG, the Presidential Election was so terrible with the bs that people posted that I just stayed off Facebook for the most part, especially after the election was over. I’ve been seeing posts about lost jobs, posts about cancer, posts about publishers and book distributors shutting down…and I have to wonder—is 2016 an exceptionally horrible year? Or, is it that more and more people are accessing the web from all sorts of gadgets; therefore, they’re voicing more and more upset?
For my family—as in my folks, my adult children, grandbabies, myself, hubby, and youngest still at home—it’s the same old, same old. I don’t think we’ve ever had a year where things have been fruitful and quiet. We just grin and bear it, taking it one day at a time like we always do. Regardless, people around us are so unhappy, traumatized, and struggling. I’m unsure what to think of all this, but my heart does go out to them. Perhaps it’s time everyone goes back to basics. Perhaps all that we’re exposed to now via TV and Internet makes people feel they’re going without things? There are people in rain forests and nomads in deserts who live day by day. They’re unaware of not having “things”, they’re unaware that they’re “poor”. And what is poor? If one isn’t aware they’re going without something, is that person truly poor?
As long as we have our health, food, a roof over our heads, and keep the bills paid, life is actually pretty good.
It’s all perspective. 💖 Here's to a better one for 2017.


Sale on my F.L. Bicknell and Ana Lee Kennedy books at Riverdale Avenue Books, one of my publishers. 30% off until January 15th. Use promo code 2016 at checkout.

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