Tuesday, December 31, 2013

GOODBYE TO 2013! & why not promote literature and defend free expression?

Happy New Year!! And just to get things started right I thought I'd share a few thoughts... so 2013 is finally leaving and I for one am happy to see it go. Goodbye to the worst year I can ever remember. There are a few challenges ahead because 2013 brought the loss of a colleague at work from domestic violence, a frozen shoulder which I am still recovering from (6 weeks of Physical Therapy and making some progress but a ways to go), migraines that intensified to a ridiculous level, some difficult challenges for my
daughter which I've described here and some frustrations at work which are not ending but I hope I will either adjust to, the changes ahead will make things better or... maybe I'll find a new job? At any rate, there are still things to deal with but it was a pretty bleak year.  

But the sun is setting on all that (get it, the picture is of the setting sun?- haha) Sorry.

 Since the shoulder is on the recovering end, I know that I am on the upside of that and the migraines seem to be improving with my new device which I've also told you about here. My older daughter is having a baby in January so there are some good things coming and I am just crossing my fingers “All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well."  Hope springs eternal as they say.

I'm just full of cliches today.  

So let's have a glass of champagne and hope for a better year together!

 From the Library Journal tumblr site: "Librarians at Oakland’s main library have collected the scraps of paper ephemera left behind in returned books, shoved into nooks in the library shelves or secretly slipped to librarians."

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  1. I hope you draw strength from the past and have a wonderful coming year!

  2. the library director where I work is fascinated with the ephemera we sometimes find in our books, particularly old ones - like old tram tickets from the 1800s and stuff.

  3. OH, and I meant to say ... HAPPY NEW YEAR to you my friend!! May 2014 be a lot better for you than 2013 was!

    1. It can hardly be worse- well it could be worse but I cannot think about that or I'll just pack it in!!

  4. HI, Danette...

    You sure have had some major challenges and health issues in 2013. I believe many of us had our 'crosses to bear" this year. I feel your pain. I've had some major issues this year as well... BUT it's time to focus on the positive and you have a new grand child coming.... HOW EXCITING!!

    Family is so precious. Since my has gone and I have two distant brothers, the holidays mean very little to me now, but today it's it's snowing and diamond dust is sparkling on the tree branches in the park as well as on the amazing Chicago architecture. A lovely way to welcome the new year.

    I wish you every happiness. May your health issues play out positively and your stress levels become manageable.

    Sending you a HUGE cyber hug!!!!!

  5. 2013 seems to have brought more than its fair share of challenges to a lot of folks I know. I hope 2014 proves to be a welcome improvement for everyone!

  6. I'm definitely hoping for a better 2014!

  7. Hopefully the new grandchild will kick things off on a positive note. Sorry for such a bad year. Just remind yourself that it's darkest right before the dawn. This year is your dawn.

  8. My 2013 was the best year of my adult life thus far. I hope 2014 is even better and am wishing some of the things that made me happy to come your way, Danette.

  9. Hugs for a better year. The last half of 2013 sucked for me too. Life loves its plot twists. Hope your shoulder heals. My sister-in-law went through that.


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