Welcome to 2011


A friend of mine sent me a text message wishing me a happy new year just minutes after the clock struck midnight.

I missed it, because for the first time I can remember, I had dozed off before midnight. I’d blame it on getting older, but my friend is older than I am!

I am reliably informed that the new year did, in fact, arrive with little consequence for most of the country. Dick Clark, I’m told, rang in the new year on ABC, continuing his annual tradition. This was his fifth year back on the air after a serious stroke that kept him off TV in late 2004.

I read that even Kathy Griffin avoided dropping the f-bomb live on CNN. Watching her slip and actually say that word might be the only reason I can think of that anyone would actually want to watch her.

Things took a deadly turn, unfortunately, in Arkansas and Missouri, where six people lost their lives as a string of powerful tornadoes ripped through. I can’t imagine starting a new year with nothing but rubble where your house once stood.

The rest of us don’t have to look very hard to find something to be thankful for, and I hope you’re all able to take a moment to be thankful for what you have going into 2011, and figure out what you want to accomplish in this new year!


  1. Look at as getting more mature rather than older. You are mature enough to know that you would have to pay the piper this morning for last night celebration.

  2. No tornadoes in my part of Missouri. I did not intend to stay up till midnight, but somehow I did. Happy New Year, Patrick.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.