Bye, Bye 2019, Hello 2020

As we begin a new year, I thought I’d write about a few things to remember about the last, some good, and some not-so-good.

On the national news scene, the ongoing soap opera that is the Trump presidency continued and still continues. Years ago, I said that George W. Bush was the worst President of my lifetime, but Trump makes Bush appear like a “knight in shining armor”. While I disagreed with many of Bush’s policies, there were a number of statements and actions by him that showed that he’s basically a good person at heart. I’ve seen no reason to make such a statement about Donald Trump–he gives every evidence of being a completely terrible and evil man, and I think will go down in history as the worst President ever. I was certainly glad to see him impeached by the House of Representatives, the third President to earn that “honor”. The history still to be made over the coming months will show whether he’s removed from office or not (probably not), but the fact of his impeachment can’t be undone. I’m very glad that the House “did the right thing”, even if that’s as far as it goes.

In science, nothing could be more exciting that the first picture of a black hole—a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy.

As far as my favorite music, jazz, goes, I don’t think I saw any memorable live performances, but I really enjoyed a great biographical movie, “Miles Davis” the Birth of the Cool”. It is or was in very limited release, but I’d highly recommend it to any jazz lovers,.

On a personal level, there was also some good and some bad. The good was that I was able to complete a small booklet for my children and grandchildren telling about the history of my natural father (who died when I was 3 years old in 1950) and his family, and also my first step-father, (who died in 1955). My effort to find out more about them was largely through, and certainly isn’t complete. The not-good news was that my second step-father, who was “Dad” to me for almost 60 years, passed away, just before his 96th birthday. Obviouly, he was a major influencde on my life. A month before that, our daughter was diagnosed with lymphoma (she’s now done with chemotherapy, and we’ll see, over the next month, if she’s “clear”).

So, overall, 2019 wasn’t great for us. But, as I always try to be an optimist, I’m looking forward to a good 2020. Happy New Year to everybody!


3 thoughts on “Bye, Bye 2019, Hello 2020

  1. George—

    I’m glad to hear of your optimism in what has been a very tough year—for our country and for your family. I am also always looking for the good in life, but sometimes it’s harder than others.

    I don’t know if you received notice of my most recent post, which WP inexplicably left off the Reader until I realized and contacted them.I’ve taken the liberty of including the link in the hope you may find it of interest.

    Here’s to a better year—especially for the continued stabilization/ improvement of your daughter’s health. That must have been wrenching for your family.
    Kind regards,

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    1. Annie, thanks very much for your comment. Despite the difficult parts of the past year for my family and me, I really have been lucky in many ways for many years, and I appreciate all the good things. I did see your piece on anger management of Word Press, I think, and enjoyed it. I think I’m okay in that regard, but know several people, and many current politicians, who could benefit greatly from following a program like that. Thanks again, and have a Happy & healthy New Year! George

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  2. I was thinking of you and family in terms of lovingkindness: something like that has to take a psychic toll—and perhaps feeling the unfairness of it all. But maybe I’m projecting. I’m glad you feel grateful generally.


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