To all of the various good people that I am fortunate to know, Happy New Year. Our past year may have been difficult, and our days ahead may be more so.
But you are here, with me now, and we are friends. Those are three things that matter — three things without which this life would be a far lesser one.
We begin together.
Greeting card circa 1909. Source: Missouri History Museum.
If you happen to enjoy my mad scribblings, all of my poetry and commentary for 2021 can be found right here.
Have a safe and happy New year!
Can I social distance or what?
Yeah, I do realize that Wham!’s “Last Christmas” is the least of 2021’s existential threats, but it’s an existential threat nonetheless. Take your victories where you can.
Hot damn, my best friend gave me the coolest presents for a writer! What you see are “Poe-ka Dots” socks, sculpted raven bookends from the New York Public Library and the piece de resistance …
… a lapel pin fashioned after the origami unicorn from “Blade Runner” (1982). I didn’t even know such a thing existed, so I wouldn’t have even known to ask for it. I can’t believe she found it!
“‘MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN’ IS OUR MOTTO.”
I hope that my friends near and far have lovely Christmas.
Photo credit: By aussiegall from sydney, Australia – Merry Christmas, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24660654
Think of what Stephen King’s “The Stand” would be like if you removed Randall Flagg and all of its supernatural elements — then told character-focused stories with an intertwining mystery in the manner of “Lost” (2004-2010). And then maybe peppered it with a little “Dead Poets Society” (1989).
I know that sounds weird, but if you pay attention, it totally works.
Roanoke, VA. December 2021. Unfortunately there were no sightings of a ghost train. (I couldn’t wait all night.)
The attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Imperial Navy took place a full 80 years ago today. It killed 2,403 Americans, wounded another 1,178, and finally brought the United States into World War II.
Destruction of the U.S.S. Shaw. Photo credit: unknown United States Navy photographer.