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Year’s End

I always enjoy reading year’s-end posts from others. So I decided to put one together on the chance that others enjoy reading them, too! Without further ado, here are some of my favorite posts from this blog in 2012.

This post on rituals, from February, is still one of my favorites from the year. I like its quiet thoughtfulness.

My April post on destiny still resonates with me. I need the reminder, still, to not get bogged down in fatalistic negativity.

I wrote a tribute to Lloyd Alexander in May. It’s mostly quotes from his writings, so you know it’s good.

This post on why I write, done in July, is honestly probably one of my favorite things that I’ve ever written. Honest truth, and a reminder to myself to keep aiming high. The comments still uplift me every time I re-read them, too.

I had fun with using scrambled eggs as a metaphor for writing styles in August. Includes some highly amusing pictures of bread loaves that didn’t work.

This post on being French, from September, remains one of my most popular EVER.

I wrote a tribute to my grandmother on the one-year anniversary of her death in October. My hope is that it gives comfort to others who have lost beloveds to Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

In December, life got heavy. So I wrote about choosing joy, light, and love.

2012 was a good year for this family. It was a year of rest and healing (emotional and spiritual), a year of preparing for some big changes coming up in 2013. Carl has been accepted to his grad school of choice, which means that we will be moving sometime in the next six months, and starting a new adventure – taking the first steps on a new path that is still mostly in shadow. Exciting and nerve-wracking all at once.

As for me, I turned thirty, started taking ice dance lessons after twelve years off the ice, began homeschooling the kids, and published my first stories.

It was a good year.

2013 promises to be even better.

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.  -J.R.R. Tolkien

18 thoughts on “Year’s End”

  1. The second part of this– or, the non-directly-blog-related part– reminds me a lot of the Annual Christmas Card letter I wrote this year, which in turn reminded me that I didn't send you a Real Paper Christmas Card, but I WOULD have if I'd had your address, so please know that you're totally on my hypothetical Christmas card list. So… well, Happy New Year now!

  2. Love your optimism! I'm really excited about 2013. I can finally spend more time writing than worrying about the apocalypse. (Oh, wait. I didn't do that.) But seriously, happy New Year! :)

  3. Tolkien's poetry always resonates with me, but especially that poem. I love Tolkien's thoughts on roads in general: "It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."

  4. I love, love, love that poem by J.R.R. Tolkien. Sounds like you had a great year and that the road will go ever on, hopefully into a bright and happy 2013!

  5. Good luck to them! The admissions counselor called Carl personally to let him know a couple weeks before Christmas – the official letter won't arrive until later this month, but she didn't want to leave him hanging just because of the holidays. Wasn't that kind?

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