I have never in my life taken the metaphor of a new year as literally as I have this year. I just walked away from one of the best jobs I have ever held. A job that I spent 10 years working to get back to after having given up essentially this position at the Centennial Building in Sitka. As of tonight, I no longer work full time for the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.

Tomorrow is New Years Day, and after that, I will be a Natural Resource Specialist for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. A new year, not only a new job, but for the first time since College, a completely new field, well within the Masters of Public Administration I am working towards, but still completely new for me.

So, with a lump in my throat for the old, and barley containable excitement for the coming new, I sing that most wonderful of New Years Songs;

Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
So let’s sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again

Altogether shout it now
There’s no one
Who can doubt it now
So let’s tell the world about it now
Happy days are here again

Your cares and troubles are gone
There’ll be no more from now on
From now on …

Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
So, Let’s sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again!!!

A peaceful and joyous 2014 to you all.