The year 2017 has closed out and now we’re in the beginnings of our new one. I have heard many speak of this past year being a hard one. Though I rarely think in terms of a year at a time I look back on 2017 and feel grateful for some wonderful opportunities I’ve been granted.

But there have definitely been some difficulties to endure this past year.

I was reading David Roth’s newsletter this morning and clicked on his song ‘I Shall Stand’ – said to have been recorded by Peter, Paul & Mary – though this version is sung by a whole host of ‘folkies’. It touches on everything I’ve found difficult to bear this past year:

Though I would be remiss if I failed to profess there are myriad things I’ve found quite joyous bearing in this, our old friend, 2017.