2011: Year in review

This is the best time of year. For two days our house has been a hush of hot coffee, dog naps, books, and spare hours spent exploring world mysteries / magazines / new creative chances / evening cocktails. Today it is snowing, one of the first honest snows in a so-far mild winter. It is a humble time, even solemn, but wide-open: full of thanks for the year as we knew it and awe at the approaching cross we are all about to make over time.

That’s especially true at the end of this year, which was the biggest year of my life: just a wedding, or just a book, would have made it so. But I was so lucky, I did both. And both taught me a ton about making decisions, taking chances, asking for help, saying no, saying yes, speaking up for myself, being more open-minded, and good old-fashioned getting shit done.

Submitted for your perusal: This gallery of things I saw, places I visited, acquaintances I made and stories I learned in 2011. I hope you like it! And I hope your year was just as good, and that your 2012 will be even better.

Happy New Year,

The Night Train

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Further reading:

Margaret Mather

Jean-Francois Hamtramck

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Le Loup Garou

Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Pride of Baltimore

The old Log Cabin

Dogs in early Detroit

Last year: Solomon Sibley, and a brave New Year 

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