Hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday season. First I have to give a gift today and that should put me into the holiday spirit! Natasha, the judges said your story won, so you'll be receiving the signed copy of Shooting Kabul. Congratulations. Contact me and send me your snail mail address.
Now that that's done. Let's think about what the season is really about. Gifts, of course, but the idea behind those gifts. The wrapping up at the end of the year, looking back to be grateful, looking ahead to the possibilities in the new year.
What are you looking back to in 2010? What are you looking forward to in 2011? Hopes? Dreams? Good health? Knitting together rifts or reaching out to new friends?
I'm remembering 2010 as a great year. My mom is still with me, even though she's had some illnesses that were deeply troubling. My family survived the economic downturn. My yoga brought me closer to my goal of being"accepting" instead of "judgmental." I have book two out as of the fifteenth.
As for 2011, I'm looking forward to a wonderful year of writing--submitting my third book, developing my fourth, sharing with writers whenever possible and keeping close ties with my friends and family.
Oh, yes and lots of persimmon things. My neighbor's tree was prolific this year and I have a freezer full of persimmon pulp just waiting to go into cookies and puddings. Having persimmons ensures that I will have a lot of guests. I think they smell when I'm baking and just happen to drop by! Lovely.