Sunday, August 28, 2016

The rain let up on New Year's Eve, leaving the bricks of my brother's new entry patio glistening in the moonlight.

In 2006, ethanol was the strong tail wagging the farm dog. In 2007, ethanol will be the big, well-muscled dog whose price-pumping tail will stir every farm market and nearly every public policy debate.

Ah, Christmas, that wonderful time of year when brightly-wrapped gifts under the twinkling tree contain treasures untold.

A top 10 list is now the way to define what things are about. Just before Christmas break, my daughter turned in a history project based on the top 10 facts about the Tai Ping Rebellion in China (1850's).

Last Sept. 15, Kade Kotheimer, the son of Boardman Township's finest, Police Officer Jim Kotheimer, was injured in an accident so horrendous that he was not expected to live and lay in a coma for weeks.

Very few things passed down to me from my paternal grandparents, unfortunately, survived our house fire of December 2000.

As I see it, the problem with writing is obvious: all the good lines are taken. If there was any justice in the world I would open this column about 2006 with "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

I love to bake, but making homemade goodies means someone should eat them. We don't need the extra food temptations, and neither do the people (neighbors and friends) I might give them to.

As we close the door on another year, we start a new blank slate - anything is possible. I have always looked at a new year with eyes wide open to new possibilities and a hopeful heart.

The move from the big house to the smaller home a year ago brought a pint-sized office, three dozen banker boxes to replace nine, overfilled filing cabinets and a new, tiny-by-comparison work desk.
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