It's okay. I've been looking ahead to 2018 with some hope and even a little excitement.
In January, it's kabbalat services at Havurah Shalom (my home shul), some open mics around town, and some dedicated time to creating new songs.
In February, I'll be returning to St. Louis for Song Leader Boot Camp, that amazing gathering of Jewish leaders from across North America, where I'll learn and teach and sing and recharge my batteries.
March will include a couple of coffee house shows and possibly a house concert in Portland and maybe Seattle (stay tuned).
April means Passover at home, followed by a visit to Temple Beth Tikvah in Roswell, Georgia for a Shabbaton exploring the intersection of environmental stewardship in Israel and Earth Day in America.
And this summer, I'll return to Machane Jehudah, the best Jewish Day Camp in the universe, for my SIXTH Incredible June of music-making and ruach at Congregation B'nai Jehudah in Overland Park, KS.
Dates are still being added for this spring, mostly in Portland and the Pacific NW.
Looking farther ahead, I'm working on a return trip to Houston next year, and potential visits to New York and Philadelphia. I've also begun assembling what will be a fabulous, fun tour in Florida for next Chanukah. I've already got dates booked in Boca Raton, and have begun conversations with communities in Miami and Orlando as well. Stay tuned for details!
If you celebrate Christmas, may tonight and tomorrow be sweet and may you and yours enjoy a holiday of warmth, light and peace.
And may all of us look ahead to a 2018 filled wiith more -- more love, more kindness, more joy and more peace.
(Below: the view from my front door this morning. Freezing rain mixed with a little snow. Today's high of 32F was already reached and now it's down to 27F. The birds don't seem to mind as long as the feeder's full.)