End of the Year Letter 2017

xmas_flowerxmas_flower2To see the full graphics and the Christmas poem described in this letter, check the attachments at the bottom.

Say kids, what time is it? It’s End of the Year Letter time!

I had some guests this year. They included:

1) some welcome out-of-state visitors for the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love
2) a neighbor’s heifer (a young cow) who decided the grass was greener on my side so loved spending the night here while her “parents” were out of town
3) some pretty white wildflowers that when I touched them lovingly gave me a rash
4) some fire ants that loved biting my feet
5) some busy bees that loved being busy inside of my bird feeder
6) an opossum (“possum”) lying by the side of the house that I thought was dead–until I remembered they love “playing possum”
7) and an unwelcome but clever wild mouse that loved the food he took from the shelf, two live traps, and the cats without getting caught. (I did catch him in the third trap, two cardboard tubes I stuck together with peanut butter inside, although to keep him from escaping again I had to cover the tube hole on each end with my bare hands).

My Mom got her formerly fibrillating heart rebooted which helped her a lot.

The year wasn’t without bad news. I lost an uncle, a neighbor’s house burned down, and another neighbor’s house exploded. And I had to file several DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) claims which fortunately worked, but then my computer went kaput.

I got my weight back down, and am weighing helping design curriculum for Abrahamic religions for a religious studies series. I’m finally entering the 21st century by switching my photography from film to digital. I partially built a barn floor, and am working on a special project, writing, editing, and doing graphic design for publications (I created the 21st Centuryesque font used in the heading, and graphics and border of this here letter).

Back to the 20th century, I’ve included the very first piece I ever professionally published, a Christmas poem I wrote when I was 16 years old. Keep in mind I wrote it when I was 16 years old.

Have a Great Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Merry Chanukah, Wonderful Yule, Fine Winter/ Summer Solstice, Terrific New Year!

End of the Year Letter 2017 and Christmas poem

End of the Year Letter 2017 _AL_ digital

What is Christmas (AL)

An opinion of an individual member of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily reflect the views of the whole family.

About Alden Loveshade

Alden is a philosopher, personist, writer, playwright, screenwriter, director, actor, poet, photographer, dumbek drummer, roleplayer, and educator. Worked for others and freelance as a journalist, investigator, columnist, reviewer, teacher, animal caregiver, photographer, and dishwasher. Claims e doesn’t care about money, but always needs more. Recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society, the U. S. Jaycees, and groups of like ilk. They don’t necessarily like em, but they recognize em. Graduated summa cum laude from some university that apparently figured the best way to get rid of em was to graduate em. Alden has worked with Emmy, Oscar, Tony, and Pulitzer Prize Nominees and Winners but they never shared their awards! Alden has dual citizenship in the Principality of Sealand and the United States of America. His official title for Sealand is Lord Alden Loveshade. E thinks that makes em sound impressive.
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13 Responses to End of the Year Letter 2017

  1. TawTew the Naturally Perfumed says:

    Your letters are always fun. And that’s an amazing poem for a 16-year-old to write! It’s a great poem for an adult!

  2. Miley Spears says:

    You’ve been a lot this year that’s not even in the letter! I majorly hope things that started this month work out good for you. You’ve done a lot!

  3. Dolphin Blue says:

    You wrote it when u were 16? U were really old! 😀

  4. Dolphin Blue says:

    Summer of Love was kewl!

  5. Hunting Shambler says:

    Happy Holidays!

  6. Leslie Ashe says:

    Great letter, great poem, Happy New Year!

  7. Pope Hilde says:

    That was a really clever mouse! I’m glad you had a good year, and hope you have a great one next year!

  8. Surely hoping this coming year goes better for you. I should do an update on our extended family, but will wait until baby number three arrives.

  9. Tom T. Trucker says:

    You getting some cattle? I’d ranch if I wasn’t on the road so much. Might when I retire.

    • Don’t have any current plans to get any cattle. I do let the neighbors who have them use the fields for grazing. But every once in a while, a bovine gets out and comes over to graze uninvited.

  10. Pet Girl says:

    You’re a super talented writer, Alden! See you at Yule!

  11. Rev/ Bootie says:

    Another end to another sucky year. Prediction for next year is more sucky.

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