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December 22, 2019

Updated: Apr 1, 2021

This time last year I was in a bit of a reflective mood, it seems. My main focus for the Christmas of 2018 blog was to search and find meaning to what happened the preceding 12 months. But I closed with an off-handed opportunity to feel good today. I ended the blog with a promise.

OK. I’ll say it right now - if in twelve months time I’m writing a Christmas blog meditating on the completed “These Stories Are True” collection, I’ll consider the year a successful one.

So there’s no reason for me to once again peruse my last 11 entries in the michaelaba.com blog section. The year 2019 was highly successful. “These Stories Are True” is a finished product.


Of course, there are still a host of other things to think about…


Will we have elected a new President by this time next year? Will Gerrit Cole be worth the money my NY Yankees have shelled out? Will I write songs or return to fiction in the coming months? Please don’t let me find out the Patriots are destined for back-to-back Super Bowl trophies… Will my new one-day-a-week bartending job be a positive experience? Was that mouse running behind the couch on my return to NYC a figment of my imagination or have I found myself a new roommate for 2020? Can Larry David maintain his brilliance for the upcoming tenth season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”? Will he remember meeting me this past summer on Martha’s Vineyard? I could ask the same of Bill & Hilary, Mayor Pete, Bill Murray, James Taylor’s brothers and sister, Meg Ryan, Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen, among others… Will my brand new Tivo ever work correctly? Will there ever be another Saturday Night Live episode as good as last night’s return of Eddie Murphy? Am I going to find time to finally read all those books and magazines hidden away in the recesses of my studio apartment? Will I dare to make an audio recording of one or two of my short stories? How about singing in public - am I finally ready to inflict a little bit more pain into the lives of my neighbors? Might be time to pick up those two saxophones that haven’t been touched in far too long as well…


Anyway - I’ll be genuinely interested to discover what 2020 brings. In the meantime, website-genius Kyle and I both want to wish all of you the best this holiday season and a better-than-ever new year. Here’s hoping we can all remember to enjoy the good times as they continue to speed by.


And to be truthful, last year’s blog officially closed with two short sentences following the section highlighted above. I’ll end this year’s entry with the same words.


Let’s see what happens!


And HAPPY HOLIDAYS, everyone!

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