Happy New Year, Maybe?

Well, 2021 is about to become history and what a year this has been, globally, nationally and personally. What is 2022 going to conjure up? It’s hard to say, though with Putin amassing his troops at the Ukrainian border, war seems likely unless someone other than Joe Biden can come up with a last minute solution to this crisis. And what about COVID? How many more thousands are going to die this next year because it’s their god given right to choose?

I saw on the news that we lost a lot of celebrities and politicians and other public figures such as Bob Dole, Harry Reid, Hank Aaron, Charlie Watts and ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill. Most lately John Madden and just today, Betty White passed too. They will be missed and were considered legendary in what they did. Who in 2022 will go to that great beyond?

Personally, I thought I was going into early retirement and move to Southern Idaho and see just how Red that state is. I lived there nearly six months before Tom, Lillie’s husband asked me to either pay rent or leave. Work equity or sweat equity wasn’t helping pay the power bill. I returned and discovered I lost a close co-worker, who died from COVID. So yes, I too was touched by that horrible disease, and another who died from cancer, also a horrible disease that needs a cure.

Corona virus did a number on my book sales too; abysmal best described how well received A Man’s Passion was, even though I poured a dear amount into marketing and unfortunately nothing came of it. I had hoped to at least break even and reinvest what I earned into my other two projects that at this point are in a state of limbo. Not just the marketing but the bread and butter of an author, book signings. I couldn’t get any book store here or down in Idaho to hold a signing so long as there was a potential for the virus to rear its ugly head.

So, good night to 2021 and good morning to 2022. I hope this is the year that we see the end of COVID once and for all, some pieces of the Make America Better gets passed in the Senate, and we can for once coexist on this our planet without bias, hate and want muddying up the waters of next year.

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!”

Published by Jerry Schellhammer

Jerry, a published author of both published and self-published books, is devoting his time and efforts to his craft after having retired from the previous job as a janitor at Northern Quest Resort and Casino. He now calls Gooding, Idaho his home. Writing is his passion and he now has a successfully published book and another on the way to being published later this year. He has a BA in English with emphasis in professional writing from Washington State University. His website: www.jerryschellhammer.com is available for everyone to see. In it are the lists of published books available both through Amazon and Barnes & Noble in eBook and print format.

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