Wednesday, April 16, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Home country: Looking ahead to coming year

By
From page A4 | December 31, 2012 | Leave Comment

When it’s cold, build a fire in the fireplace, or the woodburning heater, or maybe just light a candle and look in the flames, look deep in the flames for the answers.

I’ve always believed they are there, and this time of year is a time for questions. It is a time to weigh the events of the past year and toss them around and ask why.

It has been a good year for each of us in some respects, and a bad year in others. Just like every year.

A few of our young people died this year. Others were born. Some precious old-timers left us, too, but at least they’d had the chance to hang and rattle and turn gray. It was the young ones that make us ask the tough questions.

But there were also the beautiful things that happened this last year. People went out of their way to help others. People tried valiantly to better themselves. Some did it by studying a foreign language. Some did it by taking wood shop at the community college. Dud practiced hard all year and it worked. His accordion playing sounds much better.

The old Miller dairy got pulled down. Many of us were worried about kids playing in there and getting hurt. It really wasn’t safe any more. And while we’ll miss seeing it out there, with that big tobacco ad painted on its roof, we’d miss having those kids around even more. You make decisions and hope for the best.

There were some new homes built this year, and Steve has started adding on to his cabin up in the mountains not too far from Jasper Blankenship’s mining claim. Steve just needed a hole-up spot. A place where a cowboy can go and no one can kick him out.

And so our world says goodbye to another year and we’ll hope the next one is better, and it probably will be. Life brings the good and the bad together at this time of year and helps us wash our lives with a laugh and a tear and a dollop of forgiveness.

Read free samples of Slim’s books at www.slimrandles.com

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .

    News

    EDH Fire Dept. annexing Latrobe

    By Noel Stack | From Page: A1, 8 Comments

     
    Motorcycle fatality in Greenwood

    By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1

     
    Greenwood School being restored

    By Rebecca Murphy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Cal Fire increasing staffing, hiring

    By Cal Fire | From Page: B1

     
    EID restricts watering days

    By Michael Raffety | From Page: A1, 13 Comments

    Lover’s Leap fall injures man

    By Tahoe Tribune | From Page: A1

     
    Tea Party meeting April 17

    By Tea Party Patriots Of El Dorado Hills | From Page: A3, 69 Comments

     
    Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking May 1

    By El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition | From Page: A6

    Floating body not a body

    By Cole Mayer | From Page: A7

     
    Old mill a goner

    By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A11, 18 Comments | Gallery

    .

    Letters

    Murder? Suicide?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 8 Comments

     
    ‘Drive Clean’

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 19 Comments

    Middle class getting poorer?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 54 Comments

     
    Real estate lies

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 16 Comments

    A great big thanks

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

     
    .

    Sports

    Ponderosa volleyball is a family affair

    By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A8 | Gallery

     
    Aussie team makes visit

    By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A8

    Griz have challenging day

    By Mike Bush | From Page: A8 | Gallery

     
    Outside with Charlie: Switch gear

    By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A8

    Roundup: April 15, 2014

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    .

    Prospecting

    At a glance: Take aim on fun

    By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2

     
    Men to walk a mile in her shoes

    By Center For Violence-Free Relationships | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Runners stampede for Sugarloaf scholarships

    By El Dorado County Office of Education | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    Team works to fight disease

    By Placerville Kiwanis | From Page: B3

     
    COOL School is accepting applications

    By Rescue Union | From Page: B4

    Band of Miwoks fund mission

    By Shingle Springs Band Of Miwok Indians | From Page: B12

     
    .

    Essentials

    Crime Log: March 25-27

    By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

     
    Weather stats 4-15-14

    By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

    .

    Obituaries

    Numa Edward “Ed” Roberts

    By Contributor | From Page: A2

     
    Ronald Russell Rohrer

    By Contributor | From Page: A2, 2 Comments

    .

    Real Estate

    .

    Comics

    New York Times Crossword

    By Contributor | From Page: A10

     
    Tundra

    By Contributor | From Page: A10

    Horoscope, Thursday, April 17, 2014

    By Contributor | From Page: A10

     
    Horoscope, Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    By Contributor | From Page: A10

    TV Listings

    By Contributor | From Page: A10

     
    Sudoku

    By Contributor | From Page: A10

    Flying McCoys

    By Contributor | From Page: A10

     
    Speed Bump

    By Contributor | From Page: A10

    Working It Out

    By Contributor | From Page: A10

     
    Shoe

    By Contributor | From Page: A10

    Rubes

    By Contributor | From Page: A10