Good Grief!


My post from the beginning of 2015 still seems appropriate! So I’m reposting it with a few minor additions.

Well folks, t’is officially the year 2015.  That other year – an old sod called 2014 – is dead and gone and I have nothing to say but…good grief!!

The good I can sum up in one word – you!  Because of all you lovely folks who’ve stopped  and commented on my meanderings I haven’t given up blogging and taken up knitting. A good thing as I get suicidal with knitting needles in my hands – I’m that hopeless with yarn.


Twilight Zone episode entitled “Number 12 looks Just like Me,” circa 1964 which postulates that in 2000 we’ll look exactly like super models whether we want to or not!

The grief, oh my. I think we can all agree there was too much grief last year, including the unspeakable horror of planes falling from the skies (2015 griefs: the refugee crisis, the attack on Paris, the insane rhetoric of the IRA in defense of lax gun laws and the buffoonery of the Republican debates, to name just a few).  Speaking of bizarre incidents, if you watched any episodes of the Twilight Zone marathon that ran stateside on New Year’s Day you probably noticed that many of the episodes were set in the year 2000.  In the fifties, sci-fi writers apparently envisioned the turn of the century as a time when we’d all have our own personal robots and take vacations on Mars.  A lot has happened since the black and white days of television which I’m sure the writers could not have envisioned but here it is 2015 and I’m absolutely certain man will not live on Mars in my lifetime.

Others, such as musician Prince, envisioned the turn of the century as the end of civilization. 

 Party Like it’s 1999

1999But when I woke up this morning,
Coulda sworn it was judgment day.
The sky was all purple,
There were people running everywhere,
Trying to run from the destruction,
You know I didn’t even care.
Yeah, everybody’s got a bomb,
We could all die any day
But before I’ll let that happen,

I’ll dance my life away…

Then there was the Y2K bug, a glitch in the computer programs running the world (the financial industries, the airlines, the hospitals, etc., etc) that some predicted would bring to a halt life as we knew on January 1, 2000. Gun sales soared, survivalists stocked up for prolonged life in bunkers, and many companies shelled out big bucks for Y2K experts.  Well, gun companies made money, bunker salesmen made money and tech guys struck it rich but for the rest of us, life went on. 

Mayan-CalendarAnother predicted end of the world was 2012, when the Mayan calendar ran out.  However, that proved to be another technological glitch having more to do with the foibles of man than the apocalypse.

So I’m not even going to comment on what this year will bring.  Probably not what I expect but that’s life, dealing with the unexpected.

By the way, to all who celebrate, a blessed Feast of the Epiphany.  This day always brings to mind memories of a beautiful French woman and her spectacular Galette des Rois!

Here’s to you Frannie!

14 thoughts on “Good Grief!

  1. Farewell to 2014, Jan! It sure was a grief-filled one, with so many tragedies all over the world. Gosh, and 2015 isn’t off to such a great start either. I guess all we can do is keep spreading as much good energy as we can and hope it can prevail over the bad. That picture of Prince is a good start!! Very nice indeed!

  2. And what would we writers write about if everything went as we planned and hoped? Aren’t we repeatedly instructed that there is no good story without conflict? Perhaps we’re the characters in a greater story with an unseen author. So much drama, great achievements, sorrowful tragedies. It will be sad when we are written off the page–our own personal exits–but I hope that we’ll have had a full life. A memorable life. A worthy life.
    I’ve certainly enjoyed your posts from the past year, Jan. I look forward to many more fine contributions in 2015.
    Happy New Year.

    1. You are so right. We can plan and plan and plan but it’s the unplanned that gives us something to write about! I have really enjoyed your blog posts as well – they always put a smile on my face.

    1. Cue the TZ music indeed! I’ve been struggling with the flu lately thus my blogging start to this year has been a whimper of repostings and not the bang I’d hoped for! Ah well.

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