I know that I have been out for a while. There are reasons, of course, but they are unimportant.
I did want to make a comment or three about this year now passing. I have been exceptionally blessed in it; I was able to earn my doctorate at last, and I have done much to develop my career through conference work since. I have maintained a job that does much to secure a good standard of living for my wife and me, and I am not at all unappreciative of it. Too, I remain surrounded by a number of excellent people, friends and family alike, and I am very much grateful for them.
Their number is somewhat reduced this year, however, and that is less pleasant. I have noted the passing of Prof. Anderson already. In the past weeks, I have also lost a key member of my family, my great uncle, Denny Hardy. I may have more to say about the matter, but for now...I cannot speak more of it than I already have.
Even with the losses, though, I am a fortunate man, and I hope to expand upon that fortune in the year that dawns tomorrow. And I hope that you do, too.