At midnight, 2015 faded away as a freshly pressed new year chimed in and took its place. Hard to believe it’s 2016!
It’s been 4 years since I joined WordPress. I remember, before starting anything, I took the time to read through blogs that others had written. To my delight, I found that many people were writing about life experiences in other countries, and uploading photos of fascinating places that I had never seen before. How wonderful! Suddenly, I was able to travel around the world on the wings of stories posted by members of my virtual WordPress family—where differences in culture are shared, respected, and embraced.
Unfortunately, during 2015, we all saw a sharp rise in terrorism, violence, and fear in our world. Although there are many good people living on this earth, there are some who appear to prefer violence instead of peace, and hate instead of love. A sad situation which is difficult to understand.
Also in 2015, I was confronted by a personal terror known as cancer. In late January, I had major surgery and one lobe was removed from my right lung. Luckily, after I woke up, the doctor said: “It was a home run. We hit it out of the ballpark!” The cancer that was removed had not spread.
Three months after the surgery, I was offered the opportunity to sing ‘God Bless America’ with the Rappahannock Choral Society (RCS) chorus. With all the turmoil in my life and in the world, I wanted to accept this chance to ask for blessings—for everyone.
Because I knew that I was going to have the wonderful support of the 70 voice RCS chorus singing along with me, I did decide to sing—knowing that the strength of their sound would give me the courage to stand strong.
**I sincerely thank Linda Monner, the RCS Conductor and Artistic Director, for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to sing this:
We must not let the ‘mainstream media’ (with all the negative news) give us the impression that there is no good left anywhere. In countries around the world, there are people uniting in impassioned requests for peace, as is exemplified in this post from Turkey (written by a virtual friend known as ‘Uncle Spike’):
I want to wish everyone a blessed 2016 and may the WordPress worldwide family continue to share and grow! Where there is love, all things are possible.