SATURDAY, DEC. 31, 2011, 6 A.M.

Why we need year-in-review stories

2011 calendar in garbage can for EndNotes blog
2011 calendar in garbage can for EndNotes blog

I know some people feel irritation at all those year-in-review stories that appear this weekend. But I think they help us.

Each year contains a lifetime. Major changes. Births, deaths, retirements. One task at the end of a long life is to do a life review, understand what mattered, what didn't.

2011 is dead forever. Not coming back. No chance for a redo.

Those end of year stories? Little life reviews. Grief work in disguise.

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