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Final Posting for 2020, a Year We Will Never Forget!

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Dear Readers,

This year has been a doozy! Who ever thought we would experience a pandemic?

I found a quote with a photo that seems to sum up, for me, how I feel about humanity at this time. I found it on the Internet and it seems to express in a few words some of what I am feeling about this year.

Hopefully, in our solitude, loneliness, or dark days of COVID-19, we have learned, as the quote notes, to live in the light of our own being, remaining resilient enough to weather this “storm” upon our planet and learning from it.

I wish you all a safe, healthy, and peaceful New Year with the hope that we never experience this kind of devastation again!


I Googled Hafiz and found this:

Persian lyric poet Hafiz (born Khwāja Šamsu d-Dīn Muḥammad Hāfez-e Šīrāzī) grew up in Shiraz. Very little is known about his life, but it is thought that he may have memorized the Qur’an after hearing his father recite passages. When his father died, he left school to work at a bakery and as a copyist.


P.S. I also want to take this posting to thank all of you who read my entries and especially those who send comments. As I noted when I first started this blog in 2006: “Words are my oxygen” and posting on Menupause gives me a satisfaction I never expected. My son Ira suggested I do this, so my thanks for his advice. We learn from our children, if only we would listen!


End of the Year 2020 Acrostic

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Our writing prompt for my ZOOM creative writing group this week: How COVID-19 affected us this year. Here’s my take:


The Impact of the PANDEMIC 2020 on My Life


Patience with myself and others as well as when doing my chores. (The Zen of housecleaning!)

Appreciation of Life in general (my health, my social security, my husband)

Novel completion during 2020 and working on 2nd draft of Full Set of Nails.

Delight in things I used to take for granted, ex. warm clothes, good friends, fresh food, etc.

Endurance during this difficult time: monitoring my physical & mental health.

Memory-Building by keeping track of my friendships and family ties through phone, e-mail, etc.

Inventiveness by re-using, recycling, making do & doing nothing, instead of wasting time worrying I am not doing enough.

Compassion for those who have lost loved ones during this time, whether to COVID-19 or other causes.


Here’s hoping for a happier, safer, healthier 2021!