My father, concerned for the future prospects of his children, pushed literacy hard in our home. This push allowed us to enter kindergarten a full reading level or two ahead of our classmates. I’ve always enjoyed reading but took to it less and less over the years. This year I dove back into reading in way I have not since college; averaging about a book a week at my current pace. More importantly, I have devised a rewarding reading rotation that delivers more than just a good read out of each book. A type of reading pattern that I believe is what is missing from the information flood we get on our digital devices. It is a Pattern Language for reading.
What a year 2016 was. A turbulent and emotional year. The forecast for what the future holds looks hazy and overcast. We can only turn inwards and strive to to focus on the things we can control. To that point, we must all strive to improve ourselves in every way and subsequently everything around us.
Happy Holidays, and I mean Happy Holidays! There is too much diversity around me to simply say Merry Christmas. I wish people on the far right would go over their sensitivity about the phrase Happy Holidays. Inclusion should not make you feel smaller, if it does, it’s your problem not mine. To celebrate, this year we donated money to charity and just spent time with family. Materialism will no longer be a part of the holidays for me.