Here is a quick rundown of major events that happened in 2021:
* January 6th mob in Washington DC.
* Biden inauguration on January 20th.
* Vaccines approved for use in January/February.
* 1.9 trillion dollar economic plan started in March 2021.
* US rejoined the Paris Climate Accord and WHO.
* US military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
* Juneteenth became a federal holiday.
* 20th anniversary of 9-11.
* Summer Olympics held in Tokyo.
* Meghan and Harry left royal life.
* Broadway theaters in NYC opened back up.
* The Buccaneers beat the Chiefs in Super Bowl. 7th Super Bowl ring for Tom Brady.
* There were mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder.
* A condominium collapsed in Florida.
* There was a massive winter storm and power failures in Texas.
* Scorching heat and wildfires continued in the Pacific West.
* Hurricane Ida hit the coast.
* Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the murder of George Floyd.
* Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted.
* 3 men charged in murder of Ahmaud Arbery.
* R Kelly was convicted.
* Bill Cosby was released from prison.
* Britney Spears gained her freedom back.
* NASA Rover Perseverance landed on Mars.
* Space X sent civilians to space.
* Blue Origin sent William Shatner to space.
* Facebook rebranded as Meta.
* We faced supply chain shortages and critical staffing needs.
* We experienced the Delta and Omicron variants.
* 7.4 billion people worldwide were vaccinated.
* 5.4 million people worldwide have passed from Covid since the beginning of the pandemic.
* We also lost these notables: Prince Philip, Hank Aaron, Colin Powell, Beverly Cleary, Anne Rice, Donald Rumsfield, Bob Dole, Larry King, Rush Limbaugh, Christopher Plummer, Stephen Sondheim.
Author: J. Speer
I like to write. I have 5 books currently on Amazon, mostly fiction. I try to write positive and uplifting children's stories, expressive poetry for women, and interesting articles about personal growth, alternative medicine, and spirituality. My stories are often about diverse people but with human connection in mind through inner perspective. I love my characters especially the ones from my first book, Searching for Fire.
I moved recently to Vermont. I live in the North Country region near Lake Willoughby, one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. My heart will always be with Kansas but I love travel and meeting new people with diverse perspectives on life. I have found Vermonters to have many admirable qualities like stoicism and a love and stewardship of nature.
My hobbies are writing, gardening, outdoor activities like kayaking, fishing, and hiking. I am an amateur herbalist. Many years ago, an alternative medicine doctor cured me of a respiratory illness by teaching me about vitamins and for that, I owe her a debt of gratitude.
I recently bought a Jeep Wrangler that fits my personality and love for adventure. Associated with the military in my younger years, I have lived in Israel, Germany, and Virginia as well - all of which I loved in different ways. I thoroughly believe in the military spouse phrase, "bloom where you are planted" and endeavor to carry a positive optimism wherever I roam. Most days are good but admittedly I get down sometimes. I am prone to sadness or severe cynicism at times, so I turn to music as my consolation and source of expression or inspiration. My favorite songs currently are "How Deep is Your Love" by the Beegees, "La Vie en Rose", "A Million Dreams" or maybe Karen Carpenter singing "Close to You" or Elton John singing "Your Song." I also like "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us" by Starship or "I'll Stand by You" by The Pretenders. "Faithfully" by Journey always reminds me of rollerskating with friends in the 1980s.
My favorite quotes are from the Velveteen Rabbit, Steve Jobs, and this one..."To the caterpillar it was the end of the world, but to the butterfly it was merely a beautiful beginning." Or there is the quote from Peter Pan teaching Wendy..."What if I fall? But, oh my darling, what if you fly?"
I also believe in being a pearl - graceful on the outside but full of grit and gratitude on the inside. My favorite women of the Bible are Ruth, Hannah, and Hagar.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Cheers, friend.
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