We are almost at year end, almost to 2013. I have always liked the end of a calendar year and the beginning of a new year. The beginning of a new year always bring hope for personal redemption and changes with self-promises (resolutions) that most oftenare not kept, as well as a hope for a better country and a better world. The hope for a personal and better future is probably a trait unique to humans compared to other creatures on the planet. It is difficult to imagine a fish or a frog or a kangaroo making resolutions or even aware that the human inhabitants of earth having separated time into days weeks and years. But maybe they do, the fish knows when to swim upstream to lay eggs.
The close of a year brings regular events, stories and concepts that come every year end. I like to read lists and other information about the closing year. I like:
Lists of the best books of the year – I write these books down in hopes of reading them but inevitably I only read a few.
Lists of the best movies of the year – Although I read lists of the best movies, I usually have no overwhelming desire to go see movies on the list.
The top 10 stupid quotes of the year are always interesting. For example:
George Stephanopoulos: ''Is $100,000 middle income?''
Mitt Romney: ''No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less.'' (ABC's ''Good Morning America,'' Sept. 14, 2012)
Other lists are lists you wish did not have to be compiled:
Remembrances of famous people or people that have contributed to society who died during the year – the deaths of actors, politicians, musicians, authors, scientists and other well-known or otherwise notable always interest me. Some on this year’s list include:
Dina Manfredini was an Italian-American supercentenarian. At the time of her death, she was age115 years and 257 days
Andy Williams, Jack Klugman, Dave Brubeck, Senator Daniel Inouye, Robert Bork
The top natural disasters of the year list always make me thankful I wasn’t there.
This year there are plenty of lists of children and adults killed by assault type weapons during the year. Assault weapons. Think of those two words. Not pistols or revolvers or shotguns or hunting rifles but assault weapons. I fear that unless we do something the list of the innocents slaughtered by assault weapons will just grow. If we accept assault weapons for recreation and protection, why not rocket propelled grenades? Why not land mines buried in our front yard to protect us for dangerous intruders? Is there no limit of what we as a society will restrict?
As we head into the last few days of 2012, I wish my friends and family peace in the new year, comfort in the new year, good health in the new year and security in the new year,