Monday, December 31, 2012

B55. A Personal Look Back at 2012



A FEW HIGHLIGHTS

Books:
  read 25

Movies:  watched 31

Blogs: 26 posts at Blogger and 10 at Red Letter Christians

Speaking:  FCBC (Jan.); community forum panel on Amendment 1 (Feb.)

Vacation Travel:  Vermont (May); Richmond (Dec.)

Technology: got Kindle; started blogging for Red Letter Christians (July); Pinterest account (Sept.); Twitter account (Nov.); bought Nexus 4 (Dec.); continued Facebook and Netflix

Work:  13 1/2 years at the college, and counting

Church:  joined First Presbyterian (Oct.)

Special Family Memories:  watching niece's  track and volleyball games and nephew's basketball, walking with Daddy, introducing Mom to Facebook and giving her a digital camera and a laptop

Greatest Joys:  the truest and best of friends



BLOGS I POSTED

Personal Stories
My Baby Birds
Missing Patches
Evening Primrose
Baby Birds: Round 2
Hard Times and Happy Memories
My Aunt Margie
Angel Unaware*

Social Issues
Change? Who? Me?*
Confessions of a Southern White Woman
Sexual Orientation: It's Not a Sin*
I Went to Gay Pride*

Education
Compassion Belongs Outside the Gradebook
Teachers Wasting Federal Funds?

Relationships
All Friends Are Best

Faith
Where Is God When We're Hurting?*
Reclaiming the Christ Child

Poetry
Storm

Religion and Politics
Liberals Are Taking Our Country
American Christianity At War Against Itself*
Religion and Good Intentions*
Franklin Graham's Religion Is Not His Father's*
Jesus Times Two*


*also posted to Red Letter Christians site




BOOKS I READ 

Kisses from Katie (Katie Davis, 2011)
Letters from a Slave Girl: The Story of Harriet Jacobs (Mary E. Lyons, 1992)
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress (Rhoda Janzen, 2009)
The War Prayer (Mark Twain, 1923)
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Barbara Robinson, 1972)
*Night (Elie Wiesel, 1960)
The Language Wars (Henry Hitchings, 2011)
Still (Lauren F. Winner, 2012)
Refreshing Water from Ancient Wells (Mary E. Penrose, 2004)
From Banner Elk to Boonville (Allen P. Speer, 2010)
The New Testament (audio, repeat)
*Founding Faith (Steven Waldman, 2008)
Adam's Gift (Jimmy Creech, 2011)
Adrienne Rich's Poetry and Prose (B. Gelpi, A. Gelpi, 1993)
*Home to Harmony (Philip Gulley, 2002)
Front Porch Tales (Philip Gulley, 1997)
*C.S. Lewis: Readings for Meditation and Reflection (ed. Walter Hooper, 1992)
Christmas in Harmony (Philip Gulley, 2002)
Giving to God (Mark Allen Powell, 2006)
*When Everything Changed (Gail Collins, 2009)
The Energy Bus (Jon Gordon, 2007)
The Prophet (Kahlil Gibran, 1923)
Red Letter Christians (Tony Campolo, 2008)
Why Jesus? (William H. Willimon, 2010)



MOVIES I WATCHED 

Freedom Riders (2011)
Night John (1996)
The Butterfly Circus (2009)
The Iron Lady (2011)
*Roots (1977)
Hell and Back Again (2011)
Nixon (1995)
Ruby Bridges (1998)
Jane Eyre (1996)
Of Mice and Men (1992)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962, repeat)
The Hiding Place (1975, repeat)
The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo (2005)
All the President's Men (1976)
The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)
Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace (2000)
Shakespeare in Love (1998, repeat)
Personal Best (1982, repeat)
The Trouble with Angels (1966)
*Brides of Christ (1991)
Steel Magnolias (1989, repeat)
The Hunger Games (2012)
History's Mysteries: The Inquisition (1999)
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947, repeat)
Lincoln (2012)

*favorites



2013 RESOLUTIONS

1.  Exercise at least 120 hours (10 per month)
2.  Read at least 12 books (1 per month)
3.  Keep weight to 117 or less


January
1.  0 X
2.  read 1 book P
3.  117 P

February
1.  4:34  (YTD 4:34) X
2.  read 1 book (YTD 2) P
3.  116 P


March
1.  16:38  (YTD 21:12) X
2.  read 5 books (YTD 7) P
3.  116 P


April
1.  10:04  (YTD 31:16) X
2.  read 1 book (YTD 8) P
3.  116 P

May
1.  12:29  (YTD 43:45) X
2.  read 3 books (YTD 11) P
3.  117 P

June
1.  12:06  (YTD 55:51) X
2.  read 3 books (YTD 14) P
3.  121 (-124.5) X

July
1.  10:32  (YTD 66:23) X
2.  read 4 books (YTD 18) P
3.  120.5 (-124.5) X

August
1.  9:26  (YTD 75:49) X
2.  read 2 books (YTD 20) P
3.  117 (-121) P

September
1.  5:21  (YTD 81:10) X
2.  read 2 books (YTD 22) P
3.  116.5 (-120) P

October
1.  8:43  (YTD 89:53) X
2.  read 7 books (YTD 29) P
3.  117 (-119.5) P

November
1. 7:17  (YTD 87:10) X
2.  read 2 books (YTD 31) P
3.  117 (-120) P

December
1. 4:39  (YTD 91:49) X
2.  read 4 book (YTD 35) P
3.  118 (-123.5) X


Books read in 2013:  The Rough Guide to Android Phones & Tablets, ed. 2 (Andrew Clare, 2012); America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, helpmates, and Heroines (Gail Collins, 2003); New Testament (audio, repeat); Redfield Farm (Judith Redline Coopey, 2010); The Cambridge Introduction to Virginia Woolf  (Jane Goldman, 2006); Called to Life, Called to Love (Henri Nouwen, 1997); The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Mitch Abom, 2003); *Freeman (Leonard Pitts Jr., 2012); *To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee, 1960); Letters from a Montana Sheep Man  (Darlene Schneck, 2013); Lean In (Sheryl Sandberg, 2013); Gettysburg (Civil War Times, 1961); The Emancipation of Robert Sadler (R. Sadler & Marie Chapian, 1975); Uncle Tom's Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1852); The Girls Next Door (Gelder & Brandt, 1996); *A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans (audio, W. Bruce Cameron, 2011); A Dog's Journey (W. Bruce Cameron, 2012); Healing the Heart of Democracy (Parker J. Palmer, 2011); Wounded by God's People (Anne Graham Lotz, 2013); Imperfect Birds: A Novel (Anne LaMott, 2010, audio); Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen, 2007, audio); Nights in Rodanthe (Nicholas Sparks, 2002, audio); Blue Like Jazz (Donald Miller, 2003, audio); Reformed Spirituality (Howard L. Rice, 1991); The Funny Thing Is . . .  (Ellen Degeneres, 2003, audio); Getting to Know William Shakespeare (2001, audio); Life of Pi (Yann Martel, 2001, audio); *Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Frederick Douglass, 1845, audio); Living History (Hillary Rodham Clinton, 2004, audio); Dreams from My Father (Barack Obama, 1995, audio); No Such Thing as a Cherokee Princess (Barrie Miller Kirby, 2013); Strength Like Yours (Maurice McFaden, 2012); A Year with C.S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works (2003); Billy Graham: A Life in Pictures (Ken Garfield, 2013); March: Book One (John Lewis, 2013)

Movies/Videos watched in 2013:  *Les Miserables (2012); Glee (Season 3); The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony (repeat, 1999); Lee Daniels' The Butler  (2013); Jobs (2013); Mary Poppins (repeat, 1964); Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

Highlights: stopped Netflix (Feb.);  started diet for MS symptoms (Feb.); started left leg/knee/foot PT (Feb.); joined R4 group (Apr.); Niagara Falls/Seneca Falls/Rochester/Gettysburg (May); attended Moral Monday in Raleigh (July); front landscaping (July); began writing for CFT-EEWC





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2 comments:

Joyce said...

Happy New Year Kathy! We became Grandparents in Oct to a beautiful baby boy adopted by our daughter and her partner :) A mircle child!
We are still in the process of finding a church but know in God's time we will find one.
Life feels good! All the best in 2013!

Kathy Vestal said...

Congratulations, Joyce! May 2013 be a wonderful celebration of new life and of finding the church that fits!