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A Year in the Blink of an Eye

Man, Earl & Mooch are right - 2009 did fly by! This seems more and more true as we get older. When I was a kid in kindergarten, I couldn't wait to grow up, to be able to do the stuff 4th-graders and 8th-graders got to do. Time seemed to move by slow as molasses, certainly not fast enough for me. Of course, now as an adult, which each passing year, time flies by. Our daughters were just babies and now, seemingly in an instant their growing into young ladies. For us aging parents, with so much to do, so many responsibilities in a face-paced world, time is here and gone. The perception of the passage of time is so subjective depending on attitudes, situations and age. The comic strip above rings especially true to our family this past year, given my snowmobile accident in March and anxiety/panic issues from May through the present. Events and trips had to be canceled, and I spent much of the Summer in a daze, trying to be positive, let the meds work their magic, get back to sleep, feel more normal and to being more productive. And due to my health issues, the whole year passed quickly and effected the whole family. It was a blur, in so many ways. So, we're hoping 2010 progresses at a more leisurely clip, that we're able to stop and take it in and enjoy it all and each other. We hope for more balance, and wish the same for you.

One more note: when I as having the most trouble sleeping, even with sleep aids, as I laid me down to sleep my mind raced with negative and frightful thoughts. Though I was encouraged by professionals to try meditative recordings to get myself ready for sleep, I couldn't break the life-long habit of reading before bed. But it became clear quickly nearly everything I was reading would trigger some anxiety. Even Peanuts was too existential for me! For many weeks, the one thing I could read before bed was Mutts. The strip is so simple, sweet, poetic and comforting, it was just what I needed, and I made my way from book one again to the latest collection. It's one of the greatest comic strips of all time, a throwback to strips of old, and it looks like McDonnell will not flame out after a decade, but continue for years to come. If you haven't read it before, or for a while, pick up one of the books, check it out in the paper, or via the Mutts site, subscribe and get it delivered to you via email every morning.

I strongly recommend it. It's good for the heart and soul.


Happy Blue Moon New Year!

Sure, 2009 was a rough tumble of a year in many respects for many people across the globe, and certainly was for us personally, the Blue Moon Crew. But for all the challenges and difficulties, we find much for which to be grateful.

Our family is healthy (or getting healthier). We have plenty of creature comforts, even as we've tightened our belt. Our Blue Moon Daughters are growing evermore to be smart, funny, talented, confident and independent individuals. Mary and I marked our twentieth wedding anniversary (even if we weren't able to celebrate or spend it as we would have liked), and during a time of crisis and hardship have become closer than ever.

We're still drawing away, doing what we love most to do, both to sustain ourselves and our family, and ourselves creatively. And as 2010 rolls out, my Night of the Bedbugs children's book arrives on the scene! So we're excited about what the New Year will bring, stepping out of the dark, even if as with baby steps, to gaze upon and steep ourselves in what we trust will be better and brighter times.

Don't forget to look for the blue moon tonight, a special rare occurrence in this case, as a New Year's Eve blue moon will not happen again for about another twenty years.

And the illustration above was done by one of the greatest American illustrators of all time, J. C. Leyendecker. A book dedicated to his work and life has finally been compiled and released, long overdue. I highly recommend you pick up a copy, and if you click the link, you can order it through our amazon/Blue Moon Store to support this blog. (Personally, I'm perusing a copy now I picked up at the library.)

So, we wish for you, our world, all peoples, peace, safety and health, contentment and happiness in the coming year. Happy Blue Moon New Year to one and all!