Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020!

I know a lot of people send out holiday newsletters, but I never have. Does this count? This has been a stellar year for me and my family, a year worth remembering.

I started a new job in January of this year. I wasn’t really looking for anything but stumbled across a job ad that sounded like it was made for me. Kismet! After 18 years with the Palm Beach County Library System, I moved to the Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Library at Lynn University. I made the transition from public librarian to academic librarian and I couldn’t be happier. My boss is a treasure, my co-workers are smart, kind, and generous and they all made me feel welcome and appreciated. The student workers I supervise are amazing. Lynn University is a very special place to work, and I feel so fortunate to have landed there.

Coincidentally, my son, Daniel, also started a new job a week or two after I did. He found a terrific job with the New York Times and is so happy there! And just as importantly, they seem happy with him, too.

Six months after starting his new job, Daniel and Miriam got married, and of course I wrote about it here. It was a glorious day, a beautiful wedding that was exactly what they wanted, and how many couples get to say that! It truly was a joyous celebration.

My father passed away on Thanksgiving day. We were estranged for over 25 years, so his passing merely put an end to an already dead relationship.

Back to happier topics. I got my husband a 3D printer for his birthday and he has been making all kinds of things. I had a KitchenAid mixer that walked off the counter (don’t ask.) It still worked, but the knobs on the controls broke off, making it difficult to use. KitchenAid doesn’t sell replacements. Why sell a $5 part when you can sell a $300 mixer? Larry to the rescue. He printed me new knobs! He’s made parts for his Jeep and I don’t even know what else.

My daughter, Ariel, earned her A.A. degree in liberal arts in 2018. She’s visited Lynn University several times for various events since I started working there and really liked everything she saw. She applied for admission and was accepted with an academic scholarship. One of my benefits is that my family gets free tuition, so that frees up the other scholarship funds for another student that needs it. She starts in January, and I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that my child is excited about going back to school!

My beautiful kitty, Loki, is 11 years old now. He’s as sweet as ever, and I’m hoping he’s just hit middle age.

One of my benefits working for a University is that they shut down for almost three weeks in December. I haven’t taken that much time off for a vacation in, well, ever! Larry and I went camping in Fort De Soto for a few days. That’s in St. Petersburg, Florida, and our campsite was on the Gulf of Mexico. It was so beautiful, and the ocean sounded like a white noise machine all night. Or rather those white noise machines sound like the ocean!

My husband goes backpacking and camping in the Everglades, but I’m more of a glamping, car camping kind of girl. We had a big tent with a queen size air mattress. Comfy! That first night was so cold, it was in the forties, which is very cold when you’re sleeping in a tent.

There is an actual fort there that was built in the 1800s and a museum. It’s a beautiful park with beaches, two fishing piers, tons of picnic areas and even a couple of playgrounds. But it was all about the view. We had a picnic on Tampa Bay, while we watched dolphins playing!

Finally, I had two more eye surgeries this year and hopefully, that’s the end of my eye troubles. At least for a while! My vision is not perfect, but I can read, I can drive, and my night vision is much improved. The only issue I still have is working on the computer. It is tough but since that is my job, and pretty much my life, I am pushing through and hoping my brain figures out how to work around the deficit.

The biggest news story of the decade is a no brainer: the presidential election of 2016. I am still trying to recover. Guess which was the bestselling book of the decade? I’ll give you a hint: it was horribly written, was the first book of a trilogy, all three books were made into bad movies. Okay, I’ll tell you, but then you have to tell me what it means. The bestselling book of the decade was Fifty Shades of Grey. Really, what does it mean when a poorly written erotic romance sells more copies than any other book? And somehow, I think both these stories are related.

Thank you to all my readers for your constant support, your wonderful comments and emails. Thanks to the International Thriller Writers for supporting my site and your authors. They continue to offer so many great books to my readers! Thanks to Netgalley and Edelweiss for supplying egalleys, and to all those publicists out there who let me know about your latest and greatest books, and send them to my home.

I wish you all a happy, healthy New Year filled with love, joy, and great reads!

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