To paraphrase the line from True Grit:

“Goodbye, 2012 – the love of decency does not abide in you.”

I got married early in 2012; that was pretty much the high point. And while getting married is good (assuming it’s voluntary) the entire rest of the year pretty much sucked. Illness, injury, expenses, drought, storms, political shinanigans, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo … I’m exhausted. And I don’t even watch Honey Boo Boo.

In fairness, as I write this I’m on an antibiotic (for diverticulitis) that’s making me feel sick, so I don’t exactly have a great attitude.

But maybe that’s one of the most important things about turning over the calendar: It really is a chance to turn over a new leaf, if you can find one in Indiana this time of year. A new start is something we all need from time to time, maybe this time more than ever. Okay, so 2012 was awful for many of us: Let’s make 2013 better. In big ways, in small ways, in any way we can. I’m not so foolish as to say things can’t get worse – but we have only ourselves to blame if we don’t at least try.

Happy New Year!

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