Joy here –
The end of a decade! As we come upon Christmas and Chanukah (this year, a mere 3 days apart), I have to reflect on these last 10 years. And what a decade it has been.
2010 – A devastating earthquake in Haiti killing 160,000. The swine flue pandemic.
2011 – A 10-year manhunt ends with Bin Laden being captured and killed. Japan’s quake and tsunami resulting in disastrous loss of life.
2012 – US toll in Afgan War hits 2000. Costa Concordia shipwreck. Newtown, CT takes the lives of 26, including 20 children, the killer taking his own life and that of his mother.
2013 – Boston Marathon bombings. Verdicts from the George Zimmerman trial and Jodi Arias. Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and leader of the anti-Apartheid movement dies.
2014 – Republicans take control of the Senate in mid-term elections. Ebola epidemic becomes global crisis. A new terrorist group by the name of ISIS emerges.
2015 – China devalues the Renminbi in the wake of an economic slowdown. Greece denied austerity relief by ED. Refugee crisis hits Europe with the flood of nearly a million people fleeing war and seeking a new life.
2016 – The US presidential election shocks many people (including myself, a lifelong New Yorker who never expected this TV reality star/real estate tycoon to represent America). The BREXIT referendum. The Zika virus spreads through the Americas.
2017 – North Korea launches a ballistic missile over Japan. Women’s March on Washington becomes one of the largest single day demonstrations in US history.
2018 – Democrats win back the House. Biggest seat gain since Watergate class of 1974. Me Too movement goes global in the wake of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein being accused of multiple sexual harassment transgressions.
2019 – Government shutdown becomes the longest in history – 22 days – impasse over Trump border wall. The college admissions bribery scandal.
A momentous decade comes to an end.
And we look forward to 2020, (It has a nice ring to it! Hey, there’s a TV show named for it!) we hope and pray for the best our country has to offer, as we spread peace and love in our own corners.
Happy Chanukah! Merry Christmas! Or Kwanzaa! Or anything else you might celebrate. Be merry, joyful, and extend good wishes to strangers and friends alike.
Barclay and I thank you for your loyalty and devotion to Revisionist Retirement. We would be nowhere without you!
As always, enjoy the ride!
xox Barclay & Joy
Please note that Revisionist Retirement will be taking a brief blog-cation in January. But we will pop back into your email before you know it – filled with Love, Love, Love!