What a mixed bag this year has been for the Americans as well as the world. Much has been good some sad.

The economy grew, unemployment is down some, but so many Americans are still out of work, and those who are finding work are working minimum pay scale jobs, too many without benefits which include insurance coverage, vacation, and pension. And the future for that job market to get any better seems slim to none.

Those without healthcare received somewhat of a break with the controversial Healthcare Bill being upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, and as the end of this year 1.1 millions previously uninsured now have health insurance. About 2 million less than the government had hoped for, but the opportunity to sign up still exists. Computer glitches held back many from gaining access to the system.

A new Pope was named by the Catholic Church; one who seems more liberal and is shaking up the  conservative branch of the religion. It will be interesting to see what this Pope has in store for his church in the upcoming year.

The treaty with Iran has temporarily quieted threats of nuclear war; how that works out time will tell. Sanctions are lifted now but Iran can suffer stiffer sanctions should they void the treaty.

The Middle East is still a hot spot and probably will as it has been forever.

The stock market had a record year with gains p to 23% on the New York Exchange and 30+% on the Nasdag. Some are predicting a downward adjustment; who knows?

We enjoyed another good year with the Blog; I had over 350 posts, not as many as the previous year, but the viewership remained fairly constant with the year before. World Press will send me my report card for 2013 in a couple of weeks.
Laurel moved forward with the construction of sewer water lines across the highway, hoping for commercial development.
And the Laurel School District began the building of several schools and a possible football stadium with the HS set to open in 2014.

2013 was a good year for me. I joined the married ranks again after being widowed for over 2 years, meeting a beautiful WV gal who moved to Laurel 6 years ago. We met in the spring, and married in October. We’re no spring chickens, but we hope to have many happy years together.

My family still enjoys good health, and all are employed with good jobs and benefits; I am thankful for that.

I hope this year was a good one for you. My wish to you is for 2012 to be a Happy, Healthy, and prosperous year and to your family.







  1. Current survey of nation’s small businesses reports that the number of hires of full time employees will be cut in half in 2014 because of the impact of Obamacare.

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