The year in review?

Black and white (mostly gray) study

Today was not a day for taking an original picture, so I dug into my archives (2012 edition) and resurrected this picture. Some of you may remember this picture. I used it once before, though in color. I just like it.


I really don’t like the fact that so many television shows do a “year in review” show between Christmas and New Year’s day. Morning Joe has pretty much been doing it for the past week. There were some new segments yesterday (and how much better is that show without Joe & Mika interrupting their guests with, often, pointless outbursts?). They should take more time off.

I have thought about doing a post about my year reviewed. The woman who writes one of the blogs I follow, Fairytale Epidemic, did a list of her favorite posts from her blog, along with pithy commentary on each. That wouldn’t work for me, because I wrote too few posts this year, and I wasn’t satisfied with many of them. By the way, I started reading Fairytale Epidemic because I was drawn to the blog’s name, and stayed because I enjoy her prose, much of her poetry, and all of photos she posts from the hiking trails she explores. Her writing is nothing like mine. If you want to check it out, just go to

Rather than review my year, let me mention a few things that I haven’t gotten around to relating. When Cindy’s mom, Flo, was here on Christmas Eve she mentioned that she liked an “old-fashioned” plate that we were using to serve something or other. When Cindy and I looked, we saw that it was a plastic plate with the IU logo on it. Oh my.

I want to see the movie Inside Llewyn Davis. However, when I saw the first trailer for the movie on television it was tagged with “Opening in Selected Cities…” I have come to learn that phrase is code for “Never to be seen in a theater in Lafayette or West Lafayette, Indiana.” The same was true for the movie The Company You Keep. Happily, I was able to see that movie on cable television recently. While it isn’t as good as the novel, it is a very good movie. I recommend it to anyone who matured in the 1960’s and 70’s. I doubly recommend the book. It hit all of the right notes and tones with me.

Music. How I love it. A couple of weeks ago I converted my copy of the vinyl album Spanky’s Greatest Hits by Spanky and Our Gang to MP3. I hadn’t listened to the album for a long time and was very gently surprised when I listened to the song Give A Damn. Sadly, some songs don’t lose relevance. It made me want to send the song to all of the people who want to drug test everyone who receives Food Stamps. But they wouldn’t understand.

On a happier musical note, I spent this morning listening to Louise Taylor, whose songs reminds me of some of the poetry I read in Fairytale Epidemic (or maybe it is the other way around). They aren’t all that similar in content, but in the style and tone seems the same to me. Also I listened Jefferson Airplane’s VolunteersGood Shepherd is another song I would like to send out.

I resolve to try to post more worthy things in the coming year.