Laughter is immeasurable: setting a tone for 2015

“Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts.”

-Wendell Berry

Yes, my blog’s been quiet for awhile, but I’ll be resuming doing reviews later this month and will be spotlighting some guest authors.

2014 was a difficult year for my family. My father-in-law passed away in August after months in the hospital. He was only 61. It made for a difficult summer and holiday season.

I also had some illness of my own. I got a serious bout of food poisoning in December that almost landed me in the hospital and had lingering effects for weeks (hey-at least I lost some weight; not that I’d recommend this as a weight loss method, but I like to find silver linings!). A few weeks after recovering, I got the flu, as did my husband and a good portion of everyone I know here in the Midwestern U.S. I’m finally starting to feel a sense of normalcy returning, although normal is never the same after the loss of a loved one.

I don’t share any of this to elicit sympathy. Through hardship we grow, and in their midst, I also have numerous things to be grateful for. Like I continue to sell books. And my husband got a promotion at work. And my problem kitty is doing so well on Prozac. And I have great friends who have helped through the low points of the past year. I even managed to get some writing done, and hopefully you’ll get to see the fruits of those labors this year.

My wish for everyone is blessings in this year and a measure of peace when facing life’s difficulties. Laughter is immeasurable…

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