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Looking Back: the end of a decade

In going through some of my archived posts I recalled how many celebrities have passed within the decade:  Whitney Houston, Dick Clark, Mary Tyler Moore, Casey Kasem, Tom Petty, to name a few.  it seemed in 2016 celebrities were dying left and right.  Everyone was so worried about Betty White.  Three years later she’s still with us.

We lost two huge parts of the music world in 2016 when Prince and George Michael passed.  For me August 11, 2014 was difficult because one of my all-time favorite actors, Robin Williams passed away.  That day I blogged:

Carpe Diem

Like so many others around the globe tonight I too am still feeling the sting from the loss of the great comedic actor Robin Williams.

Not enough words can express how I feel.  Never in my life did I think I’d cry over the death of an actor.  But I did.  I cried not only because he was one of my all-time favorite actors, but I cried for my childhood.  I was about eight years old when I was first exposed to Robin Williams, first on “Happy Days” and then on “Mork & Mindy”.  Then as I got older and the movies kept coming, I watched those too.

I remember the first time I saw the poster in the movie theater advertising “Good Will Hunting”.  I noticed it was starring Matt Damon and Robin Williams.  Well, at the time I had no clue who Matt Damon was; but I sure knew who Robin Williams was and I knew I was going to see the movie, simply based on the fact that he was in it.

Looking over the long list of films he made, I’m reminded of how many I’ve seen.  Just about all of them.  Even the not-so-great ones.  Anyone remember “Popeye”?  How about “Jack”?  “Death To Smoochy?”.  “RV”?  Even the shitty ones were funny.

The man I dated before my husband was a big Robin Williams fan.  Our first date was to see  the movie “Hook” at a tiny movie theater in Ware.  Luckily I would eventually marry another man who is also a Robin Williams fan.

The Julliard student who became a stand-up comedian, alien and then many other memorable characters will live on in our hearts, our minds and our living rooms forever.  Robin was a funny guy and you could tell he enjoyed making people laugh.  But his soul also lived with a lot of demons and he could never let go.

Now, like the Genie from “Aladdin”, Robin Williams is finally free.

I will re-live that day, and what I was doing when I learned the news, every August 11, for the rest of my life.

I blogged about hurricanes:  Irene, Sandy, Matthew

In 2013 I blogged almost every day in February about constant snow in my area.  That must’ve been the year we had snow on the ground until May and the kids went to school until the end of June.

In 2012 we had an election, including a candidate who had “binders full of women”.  In 2016 we had an election, including someone who wasn’t really a candidate but instead was a shithole, and still is a shithole.  That’s how far we’ve come in ten years.

We had ice bucket challenges, disappearing planes, marathon bombings, and countless, unnecessary mass shootings at schools, synagogues, concert venues, stores, bars, work places, you name it, there was a shooting.  We had a miraculous rescue of 33 Chilean miners.  Batkid. Two royal weddings and four kids later and here we are.

We thankfully proved that the whole vaccinations cause autism thing was a fraud and that the current thing in the White House is an even bigger fraud.

In the past ten years the Bruins have won one championship, the Red Sox have won two and the Patriots have won three, including one where they were dead to rights.  And for the past ten years the Patriots have been the AFC East Division Champions.  So never underestimate Boston sports teams.  Especially the Patriots.

So that’s it for me, folks.  A little mini trip through parts of my blog from the past ten years.

Where do I go from here?  Hopefully through another ten years.  For now we’ll see what 2020 brings.



I'm a writer. I'm also a wife and a parent who works too much and lives too little. In addition to writing I also love to read, listen to music, travel, cook, I enjoy looking for bargains at flea markets or thrift stores, Christmas, football and of course writing! How did I come up with the title of my blog? Two things: 1. I live in New England (duh) and 2. Canadian singer Alan Frew once arrogantly told me to "get a New England life"--again--DUH! I already HAVE one!