From my perspective, 2021 has certainly been better-and-brighter than 2020—but then, 2020 was not a difficult year to best. Here’s to a 2022 that continues the upward trend and brings us—soon—to a new normal that more closely resembles the pre-pandemic one.
Meanwhile, CAMP Rehoboth (and Letters) bring you many glad tidings! Seasonal ones include a new album from Kristen Chenoweth (page 88), a tale about a best Christmas gift ever (page 40), and news of a Rehoboth athlete’s induction into Delaware’s Track & Field Hall of Fame (page 22).
Feeling nostalgic? So is Robert Dominic (page 42); he’s got lots of holiday traditions he enjoys. And Ann Aptaker (page 50) takes us back to the ancient Romans and their Saturnalia festivities, precursors to our own late-December celebrations.
Of course, some of us are finding our own tidings more subdued than glad this year. Michael Thomas Ford’s column on page 30 may speak especially to folks who—like the author—can’t quite muster “jolly” this year.
Resolutions? We’ve got that covered, too—Ed Castelli shares his on page 28; maybe they’ll resonate also with you. Or take a peek at the Health & Wellness column (page 24) for a different, one-word approach to resolutions. Clarence Fluker (page 34) encourages us—as the year winds down—to reflect deeply on how we’re using our time and allow ourselves to say “yes” to what we need, even if that means sometimes saying “no” to others.
We also welcome 2022, with an introduction to All Saints’ Episcopal Church’s new Director of Music Ministry (page 26), who begins work in February. There’s also a glimpse into a school board member’s hopes for the Red Clay School District (page 6).
Outgoing CAMP Rehoboth Board President Chris Beagle’s column (page 8) gives us both a look back at CAMP Rehoboth’s past year and a look forward to 2022, when new officers move into their roles. Our Who’s That?...That’s CAMP! column (page 16) introduces us to three (of five) Board members who joined in 2021 (profiles of the remaining two will appear in Letters’ February 2022 issue).
This issue wraps up another year for the Letters staff—always a time for both looking back and planning ahead. We are excited to report that next year, Letters will publish 13 issues—two more than we published this year. Watch for our first 2022 issue (February 4) to see what else we have in store for our readers. ▼