Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year

I had a better 2015 than so many people I know, and, the country in general. I spent time with family and friends, traveled more than once to New York City, met a dear friend for the very first time. I have a job I enjoy, cats I treasure. I love my family. And, I enjoy my books. And, I know how lucky I am.

But, 2015 hasn't been kind to everyone. Our country is still torn apart, and there are so many angry people. There's a reason I read the newspaper, read a journalist online who I respect, and don't turn on the news on TV. I don't care to see angry people yelling at me.

Friends lost people they loved this year - parents, spouses. And, other friends have either suffered from health issues, or their family members have. I think it's because I'm growing older, and our parents and loved ones are aging as well.

So, no. 2015 hasn't been an easy year for many of us. But, it's not my role to complain about life. My role is to share joy - the joy of books, and, sometimes the joy of family or travel or theater. I see my role as to share the small moments of laughter with cats or moments of charm with Pygmy goats. Most of all, this blog has always been about books - the entertainment of books, their connection to our lives, just the joy of discovery of a good book.

My resolution for 2016 is to continue to share my passion and love for stories, for books, with all of you. Sometimes family or travel will pop up in the conversation. That's part of the story of my life.

My wish for you for 2016? Contentment, love and friendship, a healthier year. And, quiet moments to appreciate good books and conversation about books.

Happy New Year!


Kay said...

Amen to all of this, Lesa! I totally agree. My word for 2016 is 'joy'. Just that. I've found that joy can come even in tough times. Joy doesn't mean total happiness. It's like a light in the darkness - a shaft of light, I mean.

Happy New Year! Will be excited to see you in February. Can't wait for Left Coast and I'm a little nervous too. A new experience. Take care and hugs!

Karen B said...

Happy New Year, Lesa!

Lesa said...

Left Coast is a wonderful, intimate conference, Kay. You're going to enjoy it. I'm an introvert, but I love this conference. Can't wait to see you. Joy,. It is a wonderful word, isn't it?

Lesa said...

Happy New Year, Karen.

bermudaonion said...

Happy New Year!

Jeff Meyerson said...

Happy New Year, Lesa. Hope next year is a better one for everyone.

SandyG265 said...

Happy New Year

Lesa said...

Happy New Year, everyone. And, as Kay said, I'm hoping for a year of joy for everyone!

Charlotte said...

Thank you for giving us another great year reading your fabulous blog.
My 2016 be a blessed year for you and those you love.
Happy New Year, Lesa

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Oh, Lesa.

this is beautiful, and so, so you.

thank you for always being "you."

and for being there for so many of us. to boost us up when we need it. To help us find the perfect book for those times we're struggling. for sharing your travels with us, for sharing your family with us. That smile.

and for being my sister of my heart.

love you, Lesa.


Beth Hoffman said...

I'm VERY glad to say goodbye to 2015 and have already opened my arms to embrace 2016. Happy New Year, Lesa!

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Happy New Year, Lesa.

And thank you for doing what you do. It helps.

Lesa said...

Oh. Charlotte, and Kaye and Beth and Kevin. What beautiful notes. I hope 2016 is kind to all of us.