Looking back at 2017, it's more or less a blur. Is it really the end of the year? We all have the same amount of minutes, hours, and days each year, so why do the hands of time seemingly speed up with age? It doesn't seem so long ago that we were preparing for a [...]

Looking back at 2017, it's more or less a blur. Is it really the end of the year? We all have the same amount of minutes, hours, and days each year, so why do the hands of time seemingly speed up with age? It doesn't seem so long ago that we were preparing for a New Year, gathering paperwork for our taxes, and honoring our deceased loved ones on Memorial Day.
Looking back at 2017, here are five ways that I spent my time, some of which are significant and some not so much. I think it's good to ponder how we spend our time because, as the saying goes, we feed what we love and it grows.
1) Visited the Czech Republic. This is probably the most memorable accomplishment of the year. I had not flown since January 1998 (when I flew into Wichita from my then home in Wyoming for my grandfather's funeral) and was a bit uneasy about flying. With my wife by my side, we hopped over the big pond and landed in my ancestral past. We saw family and met our Skype friends in the land where my maternal grandfather's parents had originated.
2) Bicycled year round. With the year ending, I rode 4,211 miles, which surpassed the annual goal of cycling the equivalent distance across the United States, or 3,122 miles, the distance between New York and San Francisco according to the Midway USA billboard at Kinsley.
3) Listened to one college bowl game and watched one movie. That meets my quota for the year.
4) Read some good books. Some of the titles I recall are Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog, The Last Wild Places of Kansas, and The Czech Reader.
5) Continued efforts to learn Czech. I have not slowed in my efforts to learn the Czech language since our travels there, since we plan to return in a couple of years. Duolingo.com recently rolled out a Czech language learning block. Memrise.com is another good way to learn the language. I also continue to Skype regularly with my friend Kamil, who lives in Beroun, Czechia, southwest of Prague.

May 2018 be filled with fond memories of the way you spent your time.