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As I'm sure my regular readers have figured out, we were Away. I will update the blog in the New Year with postdated entries for our recent trip to the DC area to spend the holidays with family from both sides of the family (mine and R.'s). Traffic on the 22nd and on the 31st (today) was a lubricated dream compared to T-weekend's horror show. Also, we had a really good time.

I know a lot of people are happy to see the end of 2016. I think it would be wrong to believe that 2017 will not bring sad moments and losses of the sort that characterized 2016. But here is what I wish for all of us. Let us use the still-new day-to-day connectedness of social media to share our joys and sorrows, our ups and downs, and feel all that burning intensity, while recognizing that all that pain and all that euphoria is actually the same pain and euphoria of the Ancient World before social media. It's just that we are recording it and sharing it.

May we come to feel our increasing connectedness through a lens of acceptance, and find a way to surf through the joys and sadness that are with us every day of our lives.

Also, perhaps dial back on the outrage.

Just a bit.

In favor of meaningful actions in support of our hopes and dreams.

ETA: T. would like me to add that we stopped at McDonald's for lunch. We stopped at Applebee's in Hudson for dinner.