There are two paths we take as one year passes into the next; one looking forward to the coming year and another looking back on what just transpired. Some face firmly in one direction or the other, some do both, a moment of reflection before planning another year. I used to take that two-faced approach, looking back over my shoulder, then looking ahead to the unknown. This New Year’s ritual I found mostly depressing as it forced me to focus on what I didn’t accomplish looking back. Then, along with setting new goals for the future, I found myself putting the same items back onto the resolution list all over again. So, I stopped doing it! Instead I followed my dogs’ advice, which was staring me right in the face, usually after they just licked it.
Every year, The Newtown Bee is privileged to share the stories of Newtown residents and organizations, and among the many highlighted in 2014, were stories about residents advancing their careers with promotions and celebrating milestones, creating films, traveling, earning honors and awards, and working on long-term projects for the greater good of the community. Newtown Bee Reporter Nancy K. Crevier offers this look back at a few of the people whose stories unfolded during the past 12 months.
Ross MacDonald created this year’s Christmas cover for The Newtown Bee. Mr MacDonald, a professional illustrator, has lived in the Hattertown section of Newtown since October 1996. He collects and uses antique type in major publications. His Brightwork Press has been featured in Print Magazine, and he is a consultant and vintage prop creator for movies. He worked on "Seabiscuit," "National Treasure 2" and "Van Helsing," among others. Mr MacDonald also writes and illustrates children’s books, including "Another Perfect Day," "Bad Baby" and "Achoo! Bang! Crash! The Noisy Alphabet." This is the third Newtown Bee Christmas cover Mr MacDonald has created.
One of my favorite holiday traditions is celebrating with the newest member of the family, the puppy! No matter when the puppy arrived during the year they will always have a first Christmas. Like most of us dog lovers, I’m guilty of overindulgence of my treasured pets. Puppy’s first Christmas is full of wonder and investigation, so in the spirit of safety, no decoration reaches into the puppy zone.
Believe me, it’s taken multiple puppies and years of broken ornaments, knocked down large trees, drinking Christmas tree water, licking pine needles, ripped open packages, eaten candles and close calls with poinsettias to come to this design. There are just too many holiday hazards with poisonous plants, glass ornaments, tinsel, chocolate, electrical wires, and open flames to even consider using them. I prefer simplicity and peace of mind for my newest puppy and family pack of high energy hunting hounds.