Like last year, this has been a year of ups and downs.

But I'll start with animal news.

The goats got sold but there are new chickens on the property that just started laying eggs.  
It's odd not having anything four-legged other than cats and canines, but chickens don't get
their horns stuck in the fence.  I'm restarting a tank (pond) that had been completely dry but is
now full of H2O due to a freezing rain.

Now the bad news.  One of the problems with sending out a year-ending letter before the end
of the year is this: shortly after I sent last year's letter, my father passed away.  It was right
before Christmas and I dearly miss him.  I wrote a piece about him that I read at his memorial
service and am trying to get published.

Saul Landau, a documentarian and writer who was one of my mentors, passed away this year.  
On top of that, one of my co-workers was hit by a car and died a month later.

You know the book
Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht that finally came out last
year?  It was pulled from publication soon after.  There was a vitriolic campaign against it and
the publisher wanted to avoid controversy.  But with the blurbs by well-known authors, we hope
to see it back in print with another publisher next year.  

This year also brought good news.  I'm happy to say I have a new niece!  Or is she my great
niece, or my great-great niece, or my great-great-great niece....

A retired government agent thanked me for the freelance investigative work I did in the
beginning couple years of the 21st century.  The agent said I should have gotten an award
instead of all the trouble it caused me.  Who am I to disagree?

I saw some friends who came out on vacation which was great.  I got some things published
including more articles for
Yahoo.  See my site for links.

Wonderful Christmas, Great Kwanzaa, Merry Chanukah, Happy Yule, Fine Winter/ Summer
Solstice, Terrific New Year!

Alden Loveshade

alden [at] loveshade [dot] org
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