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Yo-yos and fiscal cliffs

I couldn’t help but identify with the opening lines of the Charles Dickens classic, “A Tale of Two Cities,” which reads, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” when looking back at 2012.


Many of us are lucky to have good health, supportive spouses and family members, and of course, jobs, while others are not so fortunate, facing the loss of jobs and loved ones.

We endured derechos and various sorts of weather phenomena the past year.

Still, there was no snow and little ice to speak of, great news for some but sad news for sno-cone lovers and skiers.

Dec. 21, 2012 came and went without fanfare or the end of the world as predicted by some, but the country still faced the so-called fiscal cliff. 

The price of gas went up in 2012, it went down, and then it went up again, much like the yo-yos of my childhood.

On still a lighter side, some of us discovered a favorite television program or perhaps a favorite band or style of music, while others mourned the loss of television icon Andy Griffith and many other notable celebrities.

The New York Giants won the Super Bowl, the Miami Heat won the NBA title, and the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, great news for some but not so great news for others.

Life seems to be one giant coin, with individual fortunes flip-flopping with every toss, and I guess the uncertainty of whether it comes up heads or tails is something we have to live with as residents of this planet.

Personally, I wouldn’t want to know the future, and I wouldn’t trust myself with that much power as a fallible person.

After all, until we meet our ultimate fate all we can do is live every day as best we can and roll with the punches.

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for,” wrote the Victorian poet Robert Browning.

I couldn’t agree more.