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 1983 with assignment to the Academy starting in 1984. In 1982, however, I decided it was time to move on and resigned my Air Force …

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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 reasons, so I’ll just note it and move on. Previously, recall that in my 2012 report, I included this blurb about a place in western …

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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 the first time since 2007) as Manager for Instructional Technology at the Grants campus extension of New Mexico State University. This comes as a direct …

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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, I should graduate in May. I didn’t anticipate that WordPress was going to preoccupy a good portion of the year. I started the fictional memoirs …

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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 ahead and lead off my 2010 Year-End Review with it. Recall from my 2009 review that I had self-published an eBook titled Here’s Something About …

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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, not metaphorical); “Chasing Rainbows” (2006); “Work to Do” (2007 … metaphor/irony mix). Last February I wrote about 2008 and explained how I had landed temporarily …

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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 May, and with any luck, longer. How did I get here? (“I took I-25 up from Albuquerque” … [rim shot]) On the day after Thanksgiving …

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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 few important points to bring you up to speed with what’s been going on, and about to go on, with me as 2008 begins. After …

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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 (?) this year. Don’t try this without a broadband Internet connection, but as long as you have a (flash)media player you can view my “Last Year …

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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 where I felt I should’ve been 3 months ago. And the deal is (well, one of the deals is) that most of what happened in …

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