Annus Horribilis

2020. Not anybody’s fault in particular, despite all the blaming and shaming, despite all the rage and despair. Still, everyone I know will be glad to see the end of it. We resolve never to forget its victims, nor fail to honor the good people who went to work every morning or afternoon or evening through the worst of it, who risked their lives for the rest of us every single day of this accursed year.

The modern engines of distraction turned out to be something of a mixed blessing, but as we beeped and booped our way through seemingly endless landscapes of streaming video, or succumbed to compulsive nocturnal doomscrolling on twitter, we counted ourselves lucky to have them. Let us pray that in the coming year we won’t need them as much as they need us. Amen.

2 thoughts on “Annus Horribilis

  1. Pedinska December 23, 2020 / 7:59 am


    Wishing you the very best possible this holiday season and all of us a much better 2021.

    • William Timberman December 23, 2020 / 11:46 am

      And to you and yours as well. Like the kid said, “God bless us every one.”

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