We have come to the end of an eventful, fruitful, and exciting year. 2012 saw the first anniversary of Bohemia and quite a few changes in how the issues are produced and distributed. At last, we have realized the dream of becoming a monthly magazine.
I made a resolution to lose some excess pounds and live a healthier – longer? – life. So far, I have shed 62 pounds, and I have about 10 to go. My doctor has discontinued several prescriptions I was taking, and she has declared my program of diet and exercise as an unqualified success. I continue to walk from 4 to 7 miles every day. My lifestyle changes have become so natural and easy and enjoyable, I no longer give them much thought.
Once a week, I treat myself to a tiny “Dixie Cup” size serving of ice cream, and I eat a small square or two of really dark chocolate five or six days a week. Those satisfy my cravings for sugar. My other treats include fruit and raw veggies.
But the most mystifying thing about 2012 is how rapidly it passed by us. The older I get, the faster time seems to flow. I read an article a year or so ago, the said, when we are young, everything is new and requires close attention. I have tried watching a tea pot boil, so I know first-hand that seems interminable but in reality lasts only a couple of minutes. The article continued to explain that when we got older, we have seen a lot, and we take things for granted, so times moves more swiftly.
Becoming a staff member of Bohemia, has made me slow down and smell those roses. I have been exposed to a lot of popular culture, including art, music, poetry, photography, dress, and a slew of other things from many of the younger members of our staff.
Speaking of other members of our staff, only a few remain from that original meeting at On the Border back in April of 2011. I have told the story often of how that meeting came together and how surprised I was of Amanda’s vision for the journal. If I had been asked to predict where we would be in a year or two from that meeting, my answer would not match the reality of our journey in any but the smallest details.
We have added quite a few new volunteers to the staff as we continue to grow. So, where will we be in January 2014? Sorry, I will not even attempt to offer a prediction. But I do know we will continue to provide the best fiction, poetry, photography, art, and non-fiction we can find. As our reach to contributors expands around the world, we will continue to grow and improve.
So, Happy New Year, and keep an eye on Bohemia, and slow down time from passing by you!