I’m always amazed, envious really, at your ability to capture the best moments of the past year in a single card. Sent on time — even early. I love your cards and letters. Your children are beautiful, your travels exciting, and your new puppies adorable. Your words and photos shine with light and hope.
I can’t remember when you received a card from me. Did you ever? Thank you for keeping me on your list. Yes, I’m still here with a few very brief highlights of the last year.
New travels. This year, we decided to visit and support our beautiful National Parks. Gary likes to plan our trips, and he spent many hours organizing. We flew into Jackson Hole and stayed at Jackson Lake Lodge in the Park. We saw Yellowstone and Old Faithful and stared in awe at the Grand Tetons. That’s us rafting down the Snake River – not the part with the rapids. This is the lazy part, for us not-so-athletic sightseeing types.
New studies. I started the MFA program in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. I spent much of the first semester learning how to be a student again. I took classes in Poetry, Creative Nonfiction and Contemporary World Fiction with accomplished and generous teachers and talented MFA candidates. I feel fortunate to study in this stimulating and politically conscious environment.
New poetry. I was invited to join the poets of The Kitchen, our San Francisco Jewish community. I am the novice in this group of poets. They opened my eyes to poetry everywhere. I’m not speaking metaphorically. On my recent trip to NYC, I flipped over my MetroCard, and there was “Dew” by Kay Ryan.
New friend, new name. When my new friend, Atlas (age 1), came to play with Rico and swim in our 87 degree pool, I asked Kim (Atlas’ aunt) if he could call me Tia.“No, I’m Tia,” Kim told me. “You can be Novia.” No one has ever called me that, and it’s about time.
New Life. I held two cuddly newborns in the last month. My nephew, Aaron, and his wife, Bethany, named their baby Hannah Ruth, after both my mother (Aaron’s Omi) and Bethany’s grandmother. My mother would be pleased and proud. Hannah Ruth starts a new branch of our family tree. She’s the next generation, my parents’ great-granddaughter.
Gabriela’s close friend, Krystle, and her wife, Flor, named their baby Leila Gabriela. Gabriela (my daughter’s real name) touched the lives of those who knew her in ways I can’t even imagine. More than any story I could write, her spirit lives on in this precious new baby.
That was the year that was. And if you remember that song, congratulations for sticking around with me. Stay tuned for more adventures in 2018.
Sending warm wishes for good health and good times and lots of poetry in the year ahead. Keep in touch.
What a beautiful picture of you and Gary! One of my favorite photos of my dad shows him joyously popping a wine cork on a Yellowstone “float trip” –maybe even the same one!
There was wine? Great idea. Next time!
Best wishes on your new adventures for 2018. Love reading your stories
Thanks for reading, Lori. Happy New Year to you and yours.
Great wrap-up of the year! I think I stay in touch with you, but I don’t think I knew about a couple of these. You are one busy, productive person, but you still find time to give so much to your friends. Best wishes for the new year!
Aw thanks Carol. Happy New Year to you and yours.
Wonderful, what a year! Full of hope for 2018
Harriet, this is absolutely beautiful- your words, pictures and sentiments. I am so fortunate to have you and Gary in my life and end the year with your love and friendship. Here’s to 2018 and having you both “just around the corner”.
Another highlight – the Housman wedding. Always great to celebrate with all the Housmans.