Last night Denice and I rang in the New Year with friends. We had a great time. It is times like this that I am reminded of how truly awesome my life is. I get to share it with this intelligent and beautiful person, and we have some of the sweetest friends that one could hope for. Our needs are met, and we live in relative safety and comfort. This is the condition that drives one to want to give back to the world, to try to make it a better place for everyone. I think that is the key to many of our problems as a species. If we simply focus on making life wonderful for everyone, then everyone will want to do the same. May this be the theme for 2017, and every year hereafter.