This concludes the 2016 Advent Calendar--not to mention 2016. :-)
The Advent Calendar is just a little Thank You to readers. It's a month of free...nice stuff because I appreciate, well, YOU. But this year's calendar was especially meaningful because of the contribution of so many others. So I want to take a moment to thank everyone who contributed art or stories or mixed media. Thank you so much to Johanna Ollila, Catherine Dair, Meg Perry, Haldis, Steve Leonard, Calathea, Andy Slayde and Ali Wilde, Karan Kapszuikiewicz...and please, please don't let me have forgotten anyone because all of you together made this the best Advent Calendar ever.
I also want to thank you readers for your own participation. I know a certain amount of humoring the author goes on here. :-) If no one read or commented, the calendar would have ceased the first year, so those of you who participate can also take some credit for the success of this calendar.
Happy New Year to each and every one of you. 2017 is going to be a challenging year. We've read the entrails and that is already clear. (DON'T ASK -- JUST TAKE MY WORD) But that's okay. That's how life is. There are no guarantees. No promises. AND INSURANCE IS PROVIDED BY CORPORATE ENTITIES WHO DROP YOU IF YOU MAKE A CLAIM AGAINST ALL THAT MONEY YOU'VE KICKED IN. Life is tough. You have to be tough to survive. Especially when you know that no one gets out alive. ;-) I don't know about you, but I find that kind of exhilarating.
May this year be the year you've been waiting for. Because, let's face it, to some extent we all wait for THAT. So let this year bring you that as well as many other happy surprises.
Here's to 2017, my dears. God bless us every one.