Turn the page & close the chapter

2018 is about three hours away. I am glad that 2017 is about to pass into the history books. 2017 has been a rough year for me. I lost my father to complications of lung cancer. I have had a number of other events that have occurred in my life that kicked me in the guts. To be honest, in years past, those setbacks would have been severely detrimental to me. However, I have things in my life that give it meaning, such as my wife and my girls. They give me the strength to carry on, even when I don’t want to do so. I know that they will help me to have a happy new year in 2018.

To my friends, both far and near, I quote you these lines from one of my favorite holiday songs:

“I wish you a brave new year
All anguish, pain and sadness
Leave your heart and let your road be clear.”

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Merry Christmas!

I wish you a hopeful Christmas. Here are my favorite songs and thoughts on Christmas.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish my family and my friends a Happy Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving is bittersweet. I’m thankful that my father is no longer suffering from cancer, and that he is in heaven. I’m thankful that I know that I will see him again. Yet, I will not lie. I’m sad that he is not here with my family and I. However, I will honor my father’s memory with the two things that he and I loved to play on Thanksgiving: Alice’s Restaurant from Arlo Guthrie, and the Thanksgiving episode from WKRP in Cincinnati. I love you, Dad.

The Road Back Home

The road back home

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CLE Time

CLE time

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An impromptu date night

An impromptu date night

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Sunday afternoon at the Decatur Book Festival

Sunday afternoon at the Decatur Book Festival

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