2011 in Retrospect January 3, 2012Posted by Matt in blog.
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I’ve been a bit inactive on the old blog for the past two weeks due to the holidays and traveling and the general busyness of life with children and a home that needs care, but today marks the triumphant return for 2012. I hope everyone had a great Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa/New Year/Solstice and you are ready and rejuvenated for the coming year. As is custom when the earth completes another trip around the sun, we take a few moments to look back at the year that was and gaze into the crystal ball at the time to come. To kick things off, let’s look at the best (well, what I think was the best) of Words of Wisdom over the past year.
One of the overarching themes of 2011 was our decision to find a new church home, a place far removed from the ideas we were no longer comfortable with and one that would foster spiritual growth within us. As you know, we found this home in St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church. It’s a far cry from the denomination we were raised in, the Church of Christ, but after more than a year, it has fit us perfectly. I summed this transition up at the end of the year in a series of entries.
Awake My Soul: My First Year as an Episcopalian, Part 1
Something Negative from My First Year as an Episcopalian?
There are the funny and occasionally enlightening things my kids say and do.
JD’s Jailbreak (April 5)
The Eye of the Beholder (April 14)
Dad the Cereal Killer (May 10)
The Pink Purse (Aug 2)
Hemingway for Kids (Aug 8)
The Negotiator (Oct 25)
The Voice of an Angel (Dec 14)
There were plenty of my ruminations on life.
Between Either and Or (April 19)
Making Life Beautiful (May 4)
All You Need is Love (July 5)
Coming to Grips with Fundamentalism (July 7)
On an Autumn Day (Oct 10)
A Morning Scene (Oct 11)
Finding the Connection (Oct 18)
A Murky Monday Morning (Oct 24)
The Cubicle Life (Nov 1)
On Kierkegaard and the Suspension of the Ethical (Nov 21)
An Agnostic Christmas (Dec 26)
Being a big fan of live music, I had the chance to see several shows this year, most of which I blogged about to one extent or another.
An Evening with Leon Redbone (Jan 27)
Down to Oxford Town (Jan 30)
Nights Like These: Music Fest, Day 1 (May 3)
Nights Like These: Music Fest, Day 2 (May 3)
Nights Like These: Music Fest, Day 3 (May 3)
The Willie Nelson Revival (June 10)
Dude, Where’s My Car (Sept 20)
My Birthday Eve’s Eve with Hayes Carll (Oct 15)
Still Truckin’ (Oct 31)
Lucero and a Bottle of Christmas Cheer (Dec 23)
And sometimes I write things that make no sense at all.
1977 and My Quest to Stop John Mayer (Oct 16)
2011 was a good year and I’m sure there will be plenty more to come. Stay tuned.