We just got back from a wonderful if somewhat stressful week in Toronto due to the horrendous ice storm plus bouts of the nasty food-poisoning-like stomach flu that’s going around. Even so, we had wonderful family fun and many charming moments. (I hope never to forget baby Kiki opening her doll and embracing it gently.) 

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Now we’re back in San Miguel and Real Life. 

reality check

Are you ready for the New Year? I’m not! There are any number of cultural traditions of having everything cleaned out and fresh for the new year. I still hope to at least be caught up with my bookkeeping, but time is short and there are other pressing priorities…including packing for two weeks at the beach. ;-)


(Above: Woodie Guthrie’s New Year’s resolutions for 1942.)

We’ve made our resolutions, and one of mine is get to the bottom of the mail in-box three times in the year ahead. Wish me luck. 

Another resolution is to deliver The Game of Hope ahead of schedule (it’s due December 1). That will take more than luck: that will take constant perseverance! I’m printing out draft one today and will take it to the beach for its first read/edit. Editing in a hammock by the ocean works for me!  

My year-end-summaries so far: Apps I couldn’t live without, top five fiction, top five non-fiction and memoir. (There is one more to come.)

By-the-way: do you Tweet? If so, you might enjoy making this year-end video summary of what you tweet about, your best tweet, who your biggest followers are, etc. Click here to see mine (it’s very short). From there you can make your own. It’s super easy. If you make one, please post a link of it in the comment section below. I’d love to see it.