My holiday year for the last several years has consisted of one page, double sided, single spaced, narrow margins, with paragraphs of different aspects of the year (such as travel & work), broken up by quotations. But this year, when I started to think about sitting down to write (what starts out as four pages and has to be edited down to two), I just couldn't do it. I have a vague idea that in 2018 my plan is to work smarter, not harder but everyone has so far questioned whether or not I can actually stick to such an intention. In any event, the lazy version of my holiday letter ended up being an 11 x 17 piece of paper, cut in a meandering accordion fold and folding up into a book that was 2.75" wide and 4.25" tall. It was a bit of a challenge in terms of page layout and photo-selection, but I still think it was less work than the other way. And, yes, I overlooked a typo. Perfection is overrated, right? Who knows how I'll possibly follow this up next year. Anyway, since I've been so remiss in blogging, here, in brief, a summary of the year via my holiday letter. I have good intentions of rounding out the end of the year with a better summary of the store accomplishments. There's still time. You'll just have to imagine the accordion fold, but I do recommend looking up single-page accordion-fold books. There are more structures than you'd imagine.
I also included some poems in the letter as there are two in particular that have been touchstones for me this year, plus the hymn that often pops into my head when discussion of "America First" arises.