New Year

“Tools of the Trade” (photo by m.a.h. hinton)

The coldest holiday season in generations has descended upon the North Country. It is the kind of cold that get inside the bones of a house and touches everything.

2017 is coming to a close. We survived a year of Trump by the skin of our teeth. But as a country, as culture we are greatly diminished. It will take years to undo the damage already done. But in my heart I am afraid the damage is too consequential, too permanent.

Each year, I make a list of goals. Things I want to accomplish in the year ahead in: writing, reading, being healthy, this blog, etc.

I can honestly say the process is helpful. I look back on my 2016 goals and see that I accomplished or at least tried to accomplish many of the things I set out to do last year. But whether I achieved a goal or not is not the point. Having something to work toward and having a process and plan to accomplish it is.

2017 is almost in the books. 2018 is a blank page yet to be written. May it be a fruitful time for you and yours.