Welcome, 2022!

Colorful fireworks against a night sky. Overlay: 2022

(Feature Photo by Moritz Knöringer on Unsplash )

After the debacle of 2021, I’ve been awaiting the arrival of 2022 with high ambivalence. When I woke up this morning and remembered that today is the first day of 2022, the phrase guarded optimism immediately came to mind. 

So, in the spirit of guarded optimism, I wish you all Happy New Year. I’ll be striving toward optimism—but without letting my guard down, of course.

colorful fireworks against a night sky. Overlay text: Happy New Year!

Because I love lists, here are some links for your reading pleasure on a lazy New Year’s Day.

Meteor showers, eclipses, full moons: All of the reasons to look up in 2022

“The new year is sure to be a sky-gazer’s delight with plenty of celestial events on the calendar,” declares CNN. Learn when to expect total lunar eclipses, meteor showers, and supermoons.

New Books Explore the Many Ways Covid Has Altered Our Lives

By Eve Fairbanks for The New York Times.

Omicron’s New Years cocktail: Sorrow, fear but hope for 2022

Sorrow for the dead and dying, fear of more infections to come and hopes for an end to the coronavirus pandemic were — again — the bittersweet cocktail with which the world said good riddance to 2021 and ushered in 2022.

This Associated Press articles follows the new year as it arrives around the world.

Readers recommend 2021’s best books and explain how their reading habits changed

  • Readers were more likely to abandon books
  • Readers wanted lighter fare as a counterpoint to real-world devastation
  • For some, reading was nearly impossible at the start of the pandemic. In 2021, it got easier.
  • Audiobooks were a popular choice
  • Some people shared ingenious reading ideas you might want to steal

The article ends with a list of the “top books of 2021, according to our readers.”

© 2022 by Mary Daniels Brown

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