I try to keep a positive outlook on life, but this has been a terrible year in general. And this is coming from someone that had their first grandson in 2016 not to mention the Chicago Cubs won their first World Championship since 1908. Oh yeah, and Fidel Castro died.

Aside from that it has just been exhausting. While I am on the topic of death; we lost a lot of great people: Gene Wilder, Muhammad Ali, Florence Henderson, Arnold Palmer, Kenny Baker (A.K.A the actor that played R2D2), Garry Marshal, Prince, Nancy Reagan, Garry Shandling, Abe Vigoda (no he was not already dead), Grizzly Adams, John Glenn, Alan Thicke and David Bowie just to name a few.

While there has been a lot of great television; I don’t think I have seen a decent movie in the last 12 months. Of course all of the superhero movies were awful but even Star Wars wasn’t that great. It was basically a re-imagining of Episode IV. I am still cringing from Johnny Depp’s performance in Alice Through the Looking Glass. There was Independence Day, the sequel no one asked for, Madea and Adam Sandler turned in their yearly embarrassments and then there was The God’s Egypt (I fell asleep). I know, I know, I am not a movie critic. When I take the family to the latest Marvel or DC fiasco, and I do enjoy some of them, I am routinely told by my son Eric to “Stop trying to make sense of it and look at the pretty colors.”

And the election, my God, regardless of the candidate you voted for you have to admit it was a rough and divisive process. Most people I have spoke to voted against a candidate rather than for one. Hopefully we can heal and move forward in the new year.

Local events in 2016 have been heartbreaking to say the least. Our community has risen to the challenge and provided comfort to those in pain but don’t forget those families during the holidays.

A lot of great things happened this year as well. I don’t think I have ever seen the City of Greenwood as energized as I have this year. Every event that we have in town seems to be bigger than it has ever been before. Freedomfest really sticks out in my mind and I am anxious to see how they improve upon what seems to me to have gone off perfectly this year. And I know that the Bulldogs are disappointed that they did not achieve their ultimate goal but I haven’t talked to anyone that is not proud of what those young men accomplished or how they handled themselves on and off the field.

I am looking forward to Christmas, having a few extra days to rest and gearing up for the new year. I believe that the coming year is going to be great.