DEAR FRIENDS, 12/26/2011

Dear Friends,

The Holidays are upon everyone, which means for me my work on BROKEN WING has taken a back seat to all the Yuletide preparations, parties and so forth. Maybe I’ll get back to it next year, which means next week.

Two weeks ago Kevin O’Connor from the Rutland (VT) Herald asked me to write a short little something about “suggested first
steps for a fresh start in 2012.” Here’s what I came up with:

The first step for a fresh start, in my opinion, begins with frugality.
Commit yourself in 2012 to living on less: less and less and less.
It’s right there in our heritage: use it up, wear it out, make it do
or do without.¬†And don’t forget the “do without” part especially.

I, personally, can’t wait for all this to be over and the New Year to arrive. I wrote to a Jewish friend earlier today, “This is the toughest time of year for me. I get so down in the dumps it’s terrible. I just hang on and hope I make it to the New Year. And I wonder if Jews get as depressed at this season as I do. Maybe if I were a Jew instead of a backslid Christian, I’d be able to handle this time of year better, although, given my current state of mind, I doubt it.

In spite of all of that, I hope everyone out there is having a good holiday. For the Christians among us, Merry Christmas yesterday.

Until next year, I remain . . .

Sincerely Yours, David Budbill
26 December 2011