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 Ancestry.com, 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!