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Happy New Year!

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And just like that another year has come and gone. A lot has happened these past twelve months but wow!, this year seriously flew by! I remember sitting here this time last year writing my blog about New Year’s and the resolutions I would make, so with that in mind, let’s see how I did.

Number One – Financial Security. Well, seeing as I still have a job in this crazy economy, I’d consider this resolution a success!

Number Two – Health. I ran a lot of miles this year, had a false alarm regarding my heart which led to all kinds of exams which in turn provided a much better view into my health and I’ve eaten pretty well so again, I’d rate this a success!

Number Three – A Happy Relationship. This is always the most elusive resolution of the group. Sadly, I need to call this a failure also but I am every hopeful.

Number Four – Learning to play my guitar. Failure, plain and simple. I just never made the time to work on this one.

Number Five – Practice with my weapon and get my CCW. Again, failure.

Number Six – Create a home office and write another book. I’m calling this one a three-quarter failure. I did not create my  home office nor did I write another book, BUT I did revisit some older short stories and began shopping them around to publishers, so that should count for something!

So while I did not accomplish most of my goals for the year, I did concentrate on what’s important to me. I spent quality time with my friends, flew up North to visit family whom I hadn’t seen in far too long and I lived my life with as little drama as possible. I’ll take that over anything any day!

Happy New Year everyone!

OK, so they were wrong….Merry Christmas!

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The Mayans obviously had a calendar from a very early version of Microsoft Windows (TM) because we are all still here and getting ready to celebrate Christmas once again. My shopping is finished and the eggnog is flowing; so please excuse any typos or grammatical errors in this entry.

The commercialism of the season seems to have lessened or maybe I just haven’t watched as much television this year. Whatever the reason, I’m hopeful that society as a whole is becoming less enamored with the materialistic reason and more in tune with the true spirit of the holiday.

There have been a multitude of reasons to question our faith this year but these are the times we need to lean even harder on it and turn to one another for solace, happiness and gratitude.

We all have His spirit within us, so let it flow on Christmas day in remembrance of His birth and the life He sacrificed so that we may live to honor Him.

Merry Christmas to one and all!

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My Last Post?

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Mayan cartoonAccording to popular belief, the world is going to end sometime on Friday, December 21, 2012. If so, this will be my last post or at least my last post on WordPress.com. Should I somehow survive whatever cataclysmic event shatters our existence as we know it, I might possibly scratch future blog postings on a cave wall or the inside of a Wal-Mart bathroom stall. We all know Wal-Mart sucks the life out of everything and never dies, so it’s a safe bet I’ll be able to find one or two left standing.

Just how the world will possibly end is as much as mystery as why people seriously believe it WILL end on Friday. Will a meteor smash into the planet throwing up a dust cloud so thick it will block the sun’s rays from reaching us and we will die a slow, cold death? Or will that same meteor smash into the moon reducing it to cosmic chalk resulting in the Earth’s oceans rising higher than Jimmy Neutron’s pompadour and drowning us all in fish pee?

Could this be the beginning of a zombie apocalypse? I know I’m ready, I’ve watched the training videos on A&E every Sunday night for the past couple of years! Which pretty much brings me back to Wal-Mart……..

But seriously, how could the Mayans predict the end of the world but not the end of their civilization? Surely they should have seen THAT coming!

The Drive Home

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The fog clings to the streetlights

Softening their harsh yellow glow

The scene reminds him of up North

When the sky would fill with snow

It’s serene and quiet

And soothing to his mind

His thoughts wander to the weekend

Until they all become entwined

He thinks of her and smiles

Written by David A. Ufer

December 10, 2012 at 6:50 am

The Bus Stop

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People standing, people sitting

On the phone, passing time

Waiting, not speaking.

Tired faces, bored eyes

I sit in traffic, watching

Then I’m gone.

Written by David A. Ufer

December 3, 2012 at 6:45 am

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