2017 In Review

Now retired, my planner looked much better in January, when this photo was originally posted.

Another blogger gave me the idea of posting a “Year in Review,” listing the title and opening sentence of the first post from each month. I’ve had fun pulling these together for you. Each title links back to the original post, in case you want to go back and read any of them…

January: “How to Fix Broken Resolutions
New Year’s Day is a perfectly fine and logical occasion for taking a self-inventory and setting some goals—if you have time between shopping the sales. …

February: “Happy Black History Month!
My family is white, and during my early childhood, we lived in small towns in Illinois and Missouri where nearly everyone around us was also white. …

March: “Protein Shaken—Part 2
When last we left Jan, she was wiping splashed protein shake off her face and was about to clean up the (major) portion that had dripped behind the refrigerator. …

April: “Fiction Jail
Last time, I talked about the dogwoods inspiring my current fiction series… well… I need to let you know that I’m going to spend April in jail. …

May: “Geriatric Puppy Training
Hello, friends! It’s good to be back at my blog after a month in Fiction Jail. …

June: “Breathtaking Customer Service
Last week I published a post about the goofy setbacks to my efforts at celebrating Brent’s birthday. …

July: “How to Score ‘King of the Mountain’ Status Without Riding a Bicycle
Chronically knotted muscles are no fun. …

August: “39 And Counting
Ha, you thought 39 was my age, didn’t you? …

September: “Mother of Pearl, by Kellie Coates Gilbert
Barrie Graeber is called out of a high school faculty meeting and given the horrible news: her teenage daughter, Pearl, has been killed in a one-car accident. …

October: “Warning: Interplanetary Appliance Conspiracy
Construction detours, rain, no cell service, verrrrrry spotty map info, snacks but no real lunch… Relief flooded us when, at about 1:00 PM, we finally came to Packwood–an actual town. …

November: “Happy Birthday to Me
My birthday is this week, so I’m pampering myself a little… Instead of crafting a thoughtful post for today, here is an oldie-but-goodie that I wrote more than six years ago. …

December: “We Have Lost the Chihuahuas, by Paul Mathews
Howie Pond is at it again… whether he likes it or not. …

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