I think we’ve coverd the bad, and the ugly for this year.
After this post, I’ll have two more – one from my sister on the celebrities who’ve died this year, and one from Vox on the political stories and the end of year summaries. There will possibly be one last post right on the cusp of 2017 or very close to it, and then…it’s a new year! A happy one to all of you. Be creative. Be kind. Be you.
Here are some of the good that happened for me and my family in 2016:
Blog Constancy and Consistency.
The Jubilee of the Year of Mercy and our parish’s Holy Door.
Movies – The Force Awakens, Deadpool, Triple 9, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War, Star Trek Beyond, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, For the Love of Spock (on Netflix), 28 Days Later (on DVD), Suicide Squad and Sully (both from Redbox).
Books – Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow, John Marshall: The Chief Justice who Saved the Nation by Horace Giles Unger, Yes, Please by Amy Poehler, Laudato Si by Pope Francis, Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, Vol. I & II, Michelle Obama: A Life by Peter Slevin, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks, My Life with the Saints by James Martin, SJ, and several others.
My parish’s Morning of Service
Red Hat Lunches
Free Comic Book Day
Meeting my son’s girlfriend
Visiting the Schuyler Mansion, Grant Cottage, and the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall
Hamilton and Lin-Manuel Miranda. I didn’t see the musical, but I listened to the music.
Seeing our friends. Attending my nephew’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor, our friends’ daughter’s Bat Mitzvah
Living Rosary – I participated for the first time
Being a journalist for Halloween
My 50th birthday
Our tour of the Star Trek Original Series set in Ticonderoga
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
A great Doctor Who Christmas special