I wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope you enjoyed a joyful Christmas with family and friends. A new year always excites me with possibilities. Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while know that I’m a list person. Over the years, my lists haven’t become shorter but I have learned to prioritize and accomplish my goals one bite at a time. I still have a tendency towards long lists. I’m just learning to spread them over a longer period of time and experience more success. Of course, one of those lists is books I want to read.
Like many of you, I keep a stack of books by my bed and another by my favorite chair. When I’m not writing, I love to read. I’m currently reading The Residence: Inside the Private World of The White House, by Kate Andersen Brower, a former White House press correspondent. She interviewed some of the staff members who keep the White House and the President’s family residence running. Rather than an expose, it is a delightful book about people who serve and take great pride in their jobs. It has me laughing, smiling, and remembering. It’s a look at real life behind the scenes of government and diplomacy.