A is or the amigos (that includes family) I hung out with during the year.
B is for Bry, my niece, who with freshly minted graduate degree in Urban Planning from UW decided that Seattle is her forever (for now) home.
C is for Colombia where I spent a magical ten days writing in July.
D is for Dante and Sasha who are just fine, fat as ever.
E is for the almost total solar eclipse we experienced in the Northwest this summer.
F is for fifty, the badge I earned this year.
G is for the freshly born baby giraffe I got to see at the Woodland Park Zoo when my old college friend Florence was in town.
H is for my home in the Pacific Northwest that I am always so grateful to return to.
I is for the film I Am Not Your Negro, did you see it?
J is for the Swedish Julbord I made with my Mom and sister for Christmas Eve: Gravlax, meatballs, herring salad, lots of potatoes, rice pudding, and homemade aquavit.
K is for Kolkata (Calcutta) where I’m heading on another writing junket in February.
L is for Lisbon where I spent my 50th birthday with Dad, Kathi, and Kendra.
–Also for Lopez Island where I was lucky enough to go twice this year. Once with my mother, sister, and niece this fall.
M is for the yearlong memoir writing class I’m taking
N is for Niger, which keeps popping up in my memoir writing.
O is for Olympic Peninsula which I sort of rediscovered this year by going to Port Angeles and Cape Flattery
P is for Point B, where I am still gainfully employed.
R is for the White River where I spent some time this year.
S is for my beloved step-mother Sheryl, who died in November.
T is for Tofino, on Vancouver Island, where I traveled 10 hours to see rain and waves over Thanksgiving break.
–Also for my nephew Taylor who bought a home in Detroit this year with his girlfriend Lindsey,
U is for Ucluelot, or Ukee, another magical town on misty end of Vancouver Island.
W is for the Women’s March that I walked with my niece Bry.
V is for Victoria, the mini-series on BBC. Did you see it?
XYZ if for the hard letters that are impossible to come with anything for and I get tired of thinking about.