Part of my beautiful family - my parents, our puppy Flash Gordon, and, of course, Pearl.

This has been quite a year.

Looking back, I see how I launched into January 1, 2017, with all of my typical gusto and naivete, assuming this was the year I would finally discover just how the Dalai Lama does 't all that wonderful cheery smiling tire out his cheek muscles?

Now here we are, one month and a day...
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