Today I am anxious and hopeful…and waiting for final results.  As I think about what lies ahead, I am reminded of four years ago and what happened then.  Here is an excerpt from a post I wrote back then, on November 17, 2016:


  • This past week has been very emotional.  Ups and downs, fear and anger.  Disbelief.  It has been like a nightmare, only I can’t wake up!
  • The good thing that came out of it:  I read and reviewed FIVE books!  In my Weekly Updates, I talk about my hope of finding serenity, and I link to my reviews.
  • After that burst of reading energy, I’ve been stumbling along this week.  I finished reading and reviewing only ONE book…and I started a couple of others.  Send in the Clowns, excerpted above, is moving along nicely.
  • My daughter and her fiance impulsively decided to have a civil ceremony here in town, but she planned to keep quiet about it…since there is still an April 1 wedding at the beach on the schedule…but then she announced their nuptials on Facebook a couple of days ago…that secret didn’t last long.  (Note the “hokey” backdrop provided by the County).




  • The beach wedding will be a fun getaway for all of us, I guess.   Since this is her second marriage, I thought they night cancel the beach.  We’ll see.
  • Next week is Thanksgiving, and it’s my favorite holiday!  I’m having dinner at the home of my daughter’s new in-laws.
  • The Saturday after Thanksgiving, a few of us are gathering for a lunch at Yard House; my son Brett and his daughter Aubrey, as well as local family, will be meeting there.  I always enjoy these events.




  • Today I plan to just hang out here and read…it’s cooling off quite a bit, and it seems appropriate to curl up in this cozy spot.  Especially since my mood is still all over the place.


My life has changed dramatically since then, but the feelings are similar. I am more hopeful now, however.

After that election, I read the book Hillbilly Elegy, by J. D. Vance, one that resonated. Serendipitously, there will soon be an Amazon Prime movie based on the book.

I read the book to understand what happened in 2016…but now I want to move on. I am so done with the last four years!


What are you pondering today as we face still more crazy election results?



  1. Carol Evans

    I’m definitely more hopeful about the next four years.
    I won’t read Hillbilly Elegy. As someone who grew up and lives in a rust belt Ohio town, I feel neither the need nor the desire.

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