The Rearview Mirror 

I was thinking about all the bad stuff that happened this year, all the people who were lost, all the chaos and turmoil that 2016 dumped on us. But as I perused through the photos on my phone to recall what my personal experiences were, I realized there were some good things, too. Like Hamilton. That is all.

Ah, just kidding, although I am still talking about it… I did some traveling this year -hiked the Smoky Mountains, pub crawled Ireland and beached on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I’m already feeling restless, thinking about where to go next.

I made some wonderful new friends, both here and in person. I’d name names but I’d feel terrible if I left someone out… I think you know who you are anyway. Also, for some of my silent followers -those of you who stop by and like my posts- come and say hello. I’d love to hear from you.

In 2016, I dusted off another dormant skill – drawing. And in the six months I’ve been messing with it, I’ve made some decent progress. Fictional Kevin asked me to do this, actually. Voila:

So rather than look back and wallow, I am going to look forward and plan. For one thing, as I was finishing the year of drinking adventurously, I was trying to decide what to replace it with. I’ve decided that for as long as I’m working on Breaking Bread, I might as well talk about bread… and other bakery items. It will be called Le Boulangerie and will appear on Tuesdays, beginning tomorrow. I won’t necessarily bake every week -I may have some guest authors or write about bread in literature or in history.

I also want to return to writing Here Lies a Soldier and sharing some of the research I come across.  Brace yourselves for more World War One.

Some of my most popular posts over the last year have been my poems. Perhaps because they’re short and take less time to read? *self deprecating laugh* Thusly, I will continue to  compose verse on occasion. Although, I think I’ve drained the limerick pool after the A to Z challenge last year.

Other projects include editing The Mysterious Arboretum and putting together a collection of my short stories for publication.

I hope that 2017 will be a happy, healthy and productive year, not just for myself but for all of you as well. What a great group of friends I’ve made here on WordPress. In 2016, I had the privilege of meeting two of my fellow bloggers in the flesh: Kevin and Elizabeth. How cool would it be to meet a few more of you this year? So if any of you are coming to Philadelphia or the surrounding area and want to have a coffee (or a cheese steak – I really do know where to find the best one), let me know.

Finally, I’d like to say thank you. Thank you for being a constant source of support and feedback. There have been times when I’ve felt absolutely awful and you all have picked me up and made me feel like carrying on. I appreciate that so very much.

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become and still gently allows you to grow…” – William Shakespeare

Onward then into the new year…




65 thoughts on “The Rearview Mirror 

  1. Fantastic, Doc! If we’re ever in Philly, I’ll take ya’ up on that cheese steak! And maybe some drinking adventurously !! Oh shit. Who am I kidding? Change that to definitely drinking adventurously! 😃
    Here’s to a great 2017 for us all! Hope the Trumpster Fire doesn’t fuck too much up. 😃😃

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  2. Great post & wonderful to see how your drawing is improving – you’re really beginning to draw what you see and not what you think you see. One of the tricks to drawing still life (not that I’m that great at it myself) is to stop your brain from trying to take shortcuts and put in all of the complexity that the eye normally skips past. At the other end of the scale, drawing cartoons is just as hard because you have to learn what to leave out!
    I hope 2017 is a fruitful year for you! 🙂


  3. Great post for the New Year, Meg, and I look forward to sharing bits of it with you. Thank you for your encouragement and your presence on my blog. As a first-timer (and still less than a year on board), I have benefited from your friendship and wisdom. I look forward to learning more about bread … and about blogging … and writing in general … so much to learn and look forward to.

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    1. When I started blogging in earnest, I took WordPress’ Blogging University courses. They used to be offered a couple times of year but I think they may be available full time, now. Anyway, they were immensely helpful, both in the technical aspects and the content suggestions…. As in having weekly features your readers can look forward to, having a theme for the blog so it attracts the right kind of reader, etc. Anyway, if you have time and WP still offers them, they are worth a go!

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    1. Well worth exploring. I am sure there must be a connection. And will undoubtedly come across it, the more I read. Man Beckmann, for example was a stretcher bearer during the Great War. It affected him deeply.

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      1. Oh most definitely. It will be a few weeks till I get that going again. I really want to get the other one finished – at least rough draft finished. I’m back to working steadily again. Anyway, would love your help. Thank you.

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  4. I’m happy to read this… you’ve got a positive vibe going. And plans are good. Even if they don’t all happen… having them is a good thing. I am still baffled and confused at how the changing of the calendar makes anything change. You know, other than the date. That’s just not happening for me. I realize I’m incredibly negative. I’m pretty sure that’s not going to change no matter what year it is. I am going to stop now because I’m really not saying anything at all and I’m a total downer. I look forward to your new blog stuff… and I’m sure I can’t come to you but maybe someday you can come to me. But I really need to get my shit together first… no idea how long that’s going to take, of course…

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    1. I plan, I make lists, I stick post it notes all over the place… believe it or not, all of that makes me feel better. I don’t always accomplish what I set out to do but when some of it gets done, I call that a win. Despite all that organization, I still feel like the most flighty, scatterbrained person in the world. Because I’m organizing bits of a life that, thus far, have no real substance. And for visiting? I most certainly will come to you!

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    1. Thank you, Shaun. I have lots of plans… hopefully they will pan out. I hope you are making good progress on your manuscript. And that 2017 is a productive healthy and happy year for you! See you around! 🙂

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  5. Meg, we’ll have to grab a coffee…and a cheese steak…and maybe a soft pretzel…one day in 2017. This post is a wonderful love letter to everyone who reads your work and I plan on stealing this template for gratitude in 2018 should I make it a whole year blogging. I’ve done it before and I can do it again…I think. Bread and Bakery Items…well, there goes the plan for dropping a few pounds this New Year. Have a great day Meg …and thank you for all your support and comments as well!!!

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    1. Sounds like a plan, Bruce. And thank you for your kind words! I’m glad to have met you last year and I hope that you will continue blogging straight on through this year to the next. As for the baking? Well, all things in moderation. But considering your new penchant for wine, a nice baguette, some olives and cheese would be just the thing to go along!

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