Farewell 2016: You won’t be missed

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The opening paragraph of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities (written in 1859) may never have felt more current.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…”

The opening paragraph of my end of year wrap up is usually about being curious. Dickens’ vision seemed more on point for much of 2016.

The colors of 2016:

A veil of gray

The year began with the passing of David Bowie, followed days later by Alan Rickman, followed by endless musicians, artists and actors. The world seemed to lose greats daily in 2016. So many passed, and most far too soon. Thankfully, their legacies live on.

Coat of many colors

How can a 400-year-old poet and writer still be relevant? That – is the question. The world marked the quadricentennial of Shakespeare with no shortage of festivities. From the traveling First Folio show in the US to local events, Will’s brilliance was celebrated worldwide.

Some blue on the horizon

Serendipity played a big role in discovering a new blue pigment, YlnMn. It was discovered in 2009 by a chemist and his team at Oregon State University. While experimenting with electronic applications, a student found the blue powder in a lab furnace. Safe, and now ready for market.

Keeping US in the green

Thanks to our National Park Service for preserving the ecology and history of the parks and other sites in the National Park System for 100 years. The fine work of over 20,000 men and women allow visitors to access many sites to treasure and respect. The parks are a gift to us all.

A hole of blackness

The US presidential campaign polarized our nation. Topics under discussion were not about improvement or strengthening our resolve. Instead chatter focused on mudslinging and pettiness. The day after the election, > 50% of the population woke up stunned and horrified.

A year of extreme highs and lows, and very little middle ground. If politics are a thermometer for the country, then the year could be described as feverish. So happy that it will be gone soon.

To all, a very happy and healthy 2017. There are great films to be seen, and a plethora of things to discover ahead. Promise.

Curious forever.

What’s your take on 2016?

Images: Shakespeare @ 400 Illustration, © 2016 Janet Giampietro; David Bowie, Jimmy King; Pigments, Willeke_igkt, Flickr under Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0) adapted; Grand Canyon © 2004 Janet Giampietro

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