This is my 40th "Sunday Letter" of the year. I have been writing these letters now for about 30 years, putting my amusements, peeves, curiosities, and sorrows into words. And for several years now, I have taken the last letter of the year to review what I've been telling you...trying to learn from those letters how to be a better writer in the year to come.
This past year, in "One Tough Baby" you probably decided to cross me off your "approved babysitters" list. You also probably crossed me off your list of who to call when the plumbing goes bad when you read "The Preacher and the Plumber." And you likely decided to consult some other expert when you read "Pickles and Peppers."
You got to read about my family, and some weeks I inflicted news about my health problems on you (nothing terminal.)
I tried to let you know most of what I was reading, but tried not to bothered you with my "work" reading. My favorite read during the year was Rachel Joyce's The Music Shop. My favorite TV series was the multi-year Canadian production of "Slings and Arrows." And my favorite movie was a tie between the sentimental and evocative "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" and the delightful mystery "Knives Out."
Finally, I want to thank all of you for reading what I write. And I'm sorry that I don't always get your notes answered (a New Year's resolution to do better about that for 2020). Your comments, emails, and Facebook reactions are all important to me.
I hope you are taking some time during these days of Christmas to rejoice...and that joy finds and surprises you. And I hope the New Year brings you a brightness of spirit.
And I hope we will have many dialogues together in this coming year...in person if we can...by letters and emails if we must be apart.
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