Whither hence?

Sadie strikes again (thank you Sadie!) with another excellent topic suggestion, asking each of us as the new year begins to look back to the best and worst moments of last year and forward to predict the best and the worst of the year to come.

I’ll start.  On a personal level, the worst moment was when I found out my Dad has lung cancer and the best is when I got to visit with him and he was (and is) doing better than we had any reason to expect.  On a public level, the best is election day and the worst is, gosh, I don’t know, my beloved Pirates losing for the millionth consecutive season, proving once again their management is not the least bit interested in winning.  Seriously, I suppose the national debt ballooning even more out of control than ever.

Who knows what will happen next year.  My guess is that prices will start to rise sharply, but not be seen as out of control just yet and that the Republicans will not do at all what they have been elected to do.  If that happens, I don’t know how the Tea Party members will react and I’d be especially interested in hearing from Tea Party members on that subject.

Okay, your turn.  What’s your best and worst from last year and what do you expect from the new year.  And, by the way:


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  • bizcor

    There were three bests for us.
    New Grandson born Sept 13th, Granddaughter born September 29th, (this brings the total to 9) and the 2010 election result.  
    Worst the passing of my wife’s Dad. He was a great guy and we miss him.
    Nationally the worst was the passing of Obamacare

    Happy New Year!


    Nothing sums it up better for me than  …
    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
    A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
    A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
    A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
    A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
    A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
    A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
    A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
    Ecclesiastes קֹהֶלֶת‎, Kohelet
    Kohelet, means to gather, which is what we have been doing here, we gather and share our thoughts.

  • colorless.blue.ideas

    Thanks, Sadie, for the verses from Ecclesiastes.
    BTW, my copy of Ben-Yehuda’s Hebrew-English dictionary shows for kohelet the meaning “counselor”, while Gesenius has “one who addresses a public assembly’.   Both show the k-h-l root signifying “assembling together”, which is why the traditional translation is “preacher”.   I never knew that:  thanks for the lead-in for some self-study.


    Thanks for extra step and fix. My translation crossed paths with khl – root for congregation/community, which is a gathering with at least one person who is addressing the public : )  and now we both know.
    I am always learning too and found the link below wonderful.



  • Danny Lemieux

    Thanks, Sadie. Those words of Ecclesiastes are very comforting, especially when put to music by the Byrds.
    This was a very sad year for us – I lost my father, three aunts and my pets. I lost multiple friends.
    On the plus side, I am an independent consultant, and I survived this annus horribilis net-positive. My son found a clear, decisive direction in life by identifying what he wants to do in life by enlisting in the army reserve to fund his education and my daughter got a great job offer for after she graduates from her university with honors next spring.