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Looking at the past and the future as we move forward in 2023

Bridge Tumwater Falls IMG_0303I don’t know about you, but 2022 went by so fast for me.

After four years, I was finally able to get the first draft of the book about my journalism career done, but the printed copy is still elusive.

I’m not a person who makes resolutions, but I’ve written about why people make them and how well they work or don’t work. Maybe I’ll try a Word of the Year or the seven-day happiness challenge for 2023.

Meanwhile, here’s what my blogger friends are writing about the past and the future:

The past

When On the Border’s Diane Tolly’s dad was a small boy of 7, he and his next older brother, a wise older person of 11 or so, were tasked with the all-important “fetching of the mail” for their father – then serving one of three terms as the member of the Legislative Assembly for their area. The fetching involved either a hearty hike or the hitching of a horse to a conveyance. It was winter and both boys eschewed anything involving hiking. So instead, they hitched up the stone boat, a solidly built sleigh or sledge. Read about the memorable results at “Snowy Boots.”

Have you ever reached a certain age and can’t believe you’re there? It seems like yesterday you’re young and dewy-eyed and in no time at all, you’re in the “seventh inning stretch.” Still, there are things Laurie Stone of Musings, Rants & Scribbles has learned in her 60s that came along in no other decade, little specks of wisdom she wouldn’t trade for anything. Here are the top six…

As the new year begins, over on her blog, Carol Cassara of Carol A. Cassara Writer is sharing a short, older post that offers helpful words to live by. Read all about it at “What's the Best Revenge?”

The future

After a long year of moving, new jobs, and health concerns, Jennifer Koshak of Unfold and Begin is ready to turn the year over. She wants to know if you’re ready for 2023.

Now that it’s the new year, many people are thinking about losing the weight they put on during the holidays. Rebecca Olkowski with has some tips about what we may be doing wrong when it comes to weight loss.

Do you use the Word of the Year practice? Corinne Rodrigues of Everyday Gyaan has been using it since 2015 and finds it meaningful. A few years ago, Rodrigues wrote a post in response to comments from some people who weren’t comfortable with the practice – “Is the Word of the Year Practice Stressful?” She hopes it encourages you to find a Word of the Year for 2023, if you haven’t already.

This is the Best of Boomer Blogs #797. I hope you enjoy the articles and join in the conversations about them.


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Carol Ann Cassara

How on earth did this year pass so quickly?


That's a good question; 2023 just dashed by for me. I liked the article about the man who selected "growth" as his Word of the Year. He got a new job in a different community and was happy about it all.

Laurie Stone

Nice job, Rita. Wonderful group of posts.


Thanks. A good way to start the new year.

Corinne Rodrigues

Ah! I love those NYT challenges. I took the wellness one a few years ago.
Wishing you the very best in 2023, Rita.


Happy New Year to you, too, Corinne.

Jennifer Koshak

Thanks for sharing these. Glad to be back.


Jennifer, I'm glad you're better and you're blogging again.

Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski

I can't believe it's already 2023. Where did the time go? Thanks for the roundup.


Yes, it's gone by so quickly. I hope 2023 has positive things for many people.

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