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When I looked at FaceBook this morning it popped up a page that gave me my year in review. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m not a fan of year-end lists. But this intrigued me because of the photos I had posted. I sat entranced as I was reminded of little things; they were important to me, but not blog-worthy. The joy seeped out, like air from a New Year’s Eve balloon, when it occurred to me how much of my personal information FaceBook has collected via these communiques.

Perhaps what we consider the news media is the problem. Sure enough this morning when I turned on the local news, it was negative compilations. From that brief glimpse into the last twelve months I read several of my favorite blogger’s posts on the “Best of…” in their past year. My opinion on lists changed dramatically.  So what are the components of a good list, I thought?

This will be my 254th post since I started my journey on January 8th of 2013. I’m not a mathematician, but that is a lot of words in one year. I don’t have the huge “stats” of a celebrity blogger, but I am pleased with my little band of faithful followers. Here are my top ten posts based on number of visits/views and comments. In July I switched from the Blogger platform so there is some artistic license taken here. The order is chronological. I wrote about bees and kayaking, sheep and cooking, hospice and unemployment, covered bridges and county fairs. There may be some you remember and others you missed.

10. Leave your Ego At The Door – Healing the wounds from years of miscommunications.

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9. Namaste – Opening to new worlds through hospice.

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8. Don’t Worry, Bee Happy – The half-way point of my year.

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7. Divorce Does Not Rewrite History – Parenting and finding peace with my ex.

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6. A Pinch of Me – Self-reflection in an essay.

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5. Texting While Driving New Hampshire Style – Just for fun at the county fair.

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4, When Time Just Stops – Though I didn’t know it at the time, September would mark the deaths of two of the greatest horses in my life.

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3. Hell Hollow Part One, The Pumpkin People – More fun photo blogging.

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2. Journey Back in Time – My journals through the years.

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1. Holidays Past & Present – Reflections on life.

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No matter where you joined me along the path this year, I hope you have enjoyed reading as much as I have enjoyed writing and hearing from you. Namaste.

4 comments on “No Do Overs!

    1. Thanks! Waiting to see your beautiful photo blog as a year in review!

  1. I don’t have time to read all of these right now, but “Leave Your Ego at the Door” reminded me of my own relationship with my brothers and sisters. We hardly see each other, but not because of animosity-they were all born so far ahead of me that we really don’t have a lot in common. Your post reminded me though that at least we have family in common, and maybe I should make some kind of effort to see them before it’s no longer possible.

  2. Alan, if you read no others, that is the one I feel most strongly about. It was a watershed in my year that I learned that lesson. Thanks for your support and kindness.

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