As the final hours of 2007 tick down, it's not too hard to get retro-spective and think of how the year turned out. For yours truly, there have been ups and down, both personally and professionally. I shan't bore anyone with the personal, other than to cite a few that can be identified with...loss of a beloved, long-lived pet...reduction in a long-standing client relationship...failure to keep resolutions made yet once more on a December 31.... "But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal ...." (Philippians 3:13-14)
Yes, it is much preferable to adopt a worldview that "whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." (4:8) From the 'truth' of my spouse's devotion to the 'noble' of my eldest's contributions to the City of Detroit to the 'right' of my youngest's dedication to her schooling, I can only feel blessed beyond measure when thinking of such things.
I also think of excellent things that happened on the historical front in 2007, for which I am all so grateful: appointment to the State historical commission; meeting new friends, dedicated Michiganders on the commission and staff, who are dedicated to Michigan's advancement; personal research that yielded new understandings and some great surprises; finally, on nearly the last business day of the year, in executive order 52 -- 'coincidentally', the year of my birth -- a directive for the commission to play a key role in the Civil War Sesquicentennial.
The glass is never really half-empty. With the right perspective, it's "running over." (Luke 6:38)
I'm particularly grateful for those who took time to peruse this site from time to time in '07. This blog is rather narrow in scope and appeal, designed to rectify an historical injustice: lack of recognition and appreciation of Michigan's role in the Great American Conflict. For those who paid it a visit, whatever the reason, thank you.
Here's to a great 2008 in the CW-sphere!