Here are a few of my favorite moments of 2021 that made the year not so dismal.
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival gave a memorable performance of "12th Night" at an outdoors theater in a Nashville office park. My daughter, wife and I enjoyed a picnic dinner before the show as a spirited audience gathered. With ebullient performances and country-flavored music well-matched to Shakespeare's words, the production brought out the contemporary relevance of the ancient comedy. The playwright himself would have loved the enthusiastic college students sitting on blankets spread upon the grass.
Trips to St. Simons Island, San Diego, Torrey Pines and La Jolla revealed the oceans' fragile beauty, besieged by humans.
Washington's 10th Street corridor, New York Avenue district and National Mall gave similar lessons about the nation's history, and the endangered republic.
A trip to Los Angeles brought visits to legendary places I'd long wanted to see, especially Dodger Stadium, USC and the LA Memorial Coliseum, Beverly Hills, downtown LA and other sights.
The Braves' World Series championship was a miraculous gift. Watching a World Series game with my son at Truist Park was unforgettable. My wife and I also saw our Braves win a crucial game at San Diego's Petco Park.
With all of the year's bad news, I'll remember those bright moments.