Sunday, December 30, 2007


Well it is almost the end of another year. I feel very blessed to be able to look back and remember all of the great moments of 2007. The thing is, I can't really think of much in the way of disappointments. I know that there were a few, but there isn't any gain by dwelling on them. I was thinking that I'm ending '07 at about the same weight as I began it so I didn't do so well on that resolution. The plus is that I made it through the year without gaining any weight!

They say (who are they? and what makes them experts on everything?) that 86% of all New Years resolutions are weight/health related. In order to keep the stats up, I'll renew my annual resolution to eat better, exercise regularly and lose some weight. They also say that 25% of resolutions are broken by the end of January so I'll avoid the rush and surrender before the year actually starts!

I picked up a few books for Christmas and I'm looking forward to getting into them. I mentioned The Dangerous Book for Boys, I also have The Magician and the Cardsharp by Karl Johnson. It is a book about Dai Vernon, one of the greatest sleight of hand artists. I'm really looking forward to reading this one! I also picked up a "self help" book, The Science of Success, because we could all use a little help with succeeding in life or any other worthwhile endeavor.

By the way, if you write a book How to Become a Failure, and you don't sell any copies...are you successful?

I'm almost finished with the Pullman trilogy His Dark Materials, and will have my review on all three books (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) soon.

To any one that takes the time to stop by and occasionally read the ramblings of a preacher/magician/air traffic controller, thank you. I truly wish a happy and prosperous 2008 for all of you. I have no doubts that there will be disappointments along the way--maybe even tragedy in your year. But I do hope that the blessings of life will far outweigh its curses and we'll meet here in year to share our good fortunes with one another.



Sicilian said...

John. . . . Best wishes for renewed strength. . . . for you to be blessed with your hearts desires. . . . and for you and your family to be kept safe, healthy, and happy amidst the joys and the trials.

Serina Hope said...

Happy New Year to you as well, John. I am glad to have met you this year.

Mike said...

"I'll renew my annual resolution to eat better, exercise regularly and lose some weight."

Well John I'm going to renew my annual resolution to eat regularly, lose some exercise and weigh whatever. My goals are much more achevable. I live by the "eat, drink and be merry, for tommorow we die" line of thinking. I'll change if you can explain the biblical misquote of that line. Challege!

Bilbo said...

I stop by several times a week to "read the ramblings of a preacher/magician/air traffic controller" - there's no place else to find the observations that such a combination of professions lead to! Sincere best wishes for a safe and happy new year!

Amanda said...

Happy New Year to you and your family! Its been great hearing from you and learning from you this year.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Hope you have a super New Year.

Kevin said...

John...I'm glad to have recently found your blog and look forward to keeping in touch with you.

Best wishes for a safe, healthy, blessed and happy 2008!

Oh, and let's keep 'em separated. :)

Nea said...

Hi John, yes I did stop by, I didn't leave a message, as I was just on a reading spree. I comment spuratically. Hope you have a wonderful New Year, and have good luck with your resulutions. I have never made any, I know myself to well. haha