Balloons 2015

2015 Year-End Review

Note: This was actually written and posted in May 2019. It took awhile, but I’m finally catching up with this, as if written on December 31, 2015. In my 2014 Year-End Review, I explained about my new job with the UNM Health Sciences Center Library and the 70-mile move from Grants, NM, to Albuquerque. I …

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2014 Year-End Review

Another year, another job, moving on, and beginning to begin again. Preface I graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1976. Two year later I applied for a faculty position there in the English department. I was accepted into a program whereby the Air Force would send me to school for my Master’s degree in …

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Jim and Jim

2013 Year-End Review

… and the first quadrimester of 2014. And now you know that a quadrimester is a 4-month period of time: “rare in the U.S., this unit is widely used elsewhere to describe an academic term of 4 months duration.” I have some excuses for why this year’s report is a quadrimester late, but no good …

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Steve 2012

2012 Year-End Review

Half-a-Life in 2012 For the fourth time in the last 30 years, I put all my (dwindling) household goods into storage not knowing when, where, or in what state (of mind and residence) I’d be removing them. The short straw in 2012 went to Grants, New Mexico, where since August I’ve been gainfully employed (for …

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Black Mesa, San Ildefonso Pueblo

2011 Year-End Review

What to say about 2011? Things didn’t quite work out as I expected a year ago. I didn’t finish the novel I mentioned. But I did write nine pretty good chapters. I didn’t finish the Educational Psychology Masters degree last spring as I intended. But I’m only two courses short and unless something unforeseen occurs, …

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Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

2010 Year-end Review

Three weeks ago, I became the object of a discovery that resulted from a misunderstanding. (Sort of like America, but on a slightly smaller scale.) The consequences of this misunderstanding will play out over the course of 2011, but since it currently occupies a position of prominence in my prefrontal cortex, I thought I’d go …

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Phoenix, 4 of Us

2009 Year-end Review

January 1, 2010 And then suddenly … 16 years have passed. I started these year-end reviews in 1994. Since 2001, I’ve adopted metaphors that seemed relevant to commemorate the preceding year, such as: “Crossing Rivers” (2001); “From Turning to Turned” (2002 and 2003); “Balance Sheet” (2004); “Living Patiently Frustrated” (2005 … okay, that was literal, …

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2008 Obama Rally

2008 Year-end Review

Email to Friends and Family (February 5, 2009) Subject: Yes, I know the way to Santa Fe Once again, my preceding year didn’t really end in conjunction with the calendar. In this case, 2008 concluded, and my 2009 started, on Groundhog Day when I left Phoenix for Santa Fe. I’ll be here at least through …

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Hotel Taj, Mumbai

2007 Year-end Review

Email to Friends and Family (January 11, 2008) Subject: a brief personal update I knew I had created a set of unrealistic expectations when a former boss wrote me the other day to ask what was going on, that he had expected to hear from me and my “year-end” report by now. Here are a …

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Stacy, Grand Canyon

2006 Year-end Review

Email to Friends and Family (January 1, 2007) Subject: Last Year (2006) Following the laws of evolution, today marks a milestone in the natural progression from: Primitive Christmas Card … to Neanderthal Year-End Letters … to So-’90s Webpages to … Personal Vanity Movies (PVMs)! That’s right, my annual year-end review goes digital and audial (?) …

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Six of us in NYC

2005 Year-end Review

My 2005: A 5-Quarter Year of Living Patiently Frustrated So there was this year, see, that had so much packed into it that it couldn’t be finished in just 12 months, or even 4 quarters. That year was 2005, which for me took another 3 months, another quarter, and another birthday to catch up with …

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Las Vegas

2004 Year-end Review

My 2004 “Balance Sheet” January 9, 2005 Three of the things I learned in 2004: Good things come to those who don’t wait for good things to happen. Persistence doesn’t necessarily “reward,” but it usually “allows.” The bank closes at the same time, regardless of whether you’re making a deposit or withdrawal. I turned 50 …

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Milwaukee Press Box

2003 Year-end Review

From “Turning” to “Turned” January 1, 2004 Two years ago I used the metaphor of “crossing rivers” as a theme for relating the events of my life during 2001. That year was all about change. I mentioned the story about the frustrated little girl, her pennies, and a turned piggy bank. I included the quote …

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2002 Move Completed

2002 Year-end Review

My 2002 in Review: “Turning” January 1, 2004 (only a year late) Two years ago I used the metaphor of “crossing rivers” as a theme for relating the events of my life during 2001. That year was all about change. I mentioned the story about the frustrated little girl, her pennies, and a turned piggy …

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Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame

2001 Year-end Review

My 2001: A Year of ‘Crossing Rivers’ January 9, 2002 Since beginning these “Year-End Reviews” in lieu of Christmas cards several years ago, I have, with one exception, completed them by the end of the calendar year. For 2001, I’ve deliberately delayed writing this in anticipation of some big news. By waiting a week, I …

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