Posts in Annual Recap

[ Belated ] Happy Holidays, 2019!

Hi Folks, As always, I do hope this note finds you happy, healthy and ahead of your own gameplan.  I hope 2020 is amazing. 😊 … I am always curious – – what were your top 3 experiences in 2019? They could have been fun or arduous – we learn and get deeper from all of the, no? I no longer say “good” or “bad” – one quote that has sunk deep into my bones is from Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking… Read More

Happy Holidays, 2018!

Hi Folks, I do hope this note finds you happy, healthy and ahead of your own gameplan. May your 2019 be amazing. (I know, this is too long of a note. Worst comes to worst, enjoy the photos, quotes and book recommendations.  ) In a Forgotten LandAbe Pachikara, Copyright 2018 (Click for larger image) Pop quiz to start things off… I am curious, what was one good surprise for you in “your” 2018? What did you learn that will be useful going forward? What’s something you tried that didn’t get… Read More

Happy Holidays 2017!

Hi Folks, I do hope this note finds you happy, healthy and ahead of your own gameplan. Paul, 15, Sidd, 14 and me with my eyebrows againAbraham Pachikara, Copyright 2017 (Click for larger image) As some of you know, my dad passed away this past January 1. Hence, my Mom has been on the millennia-old journey of a spouse surviving a vibrant marriage, and now traveling without her longtime partner. When Dad was in his last months, she was resilient, focused and tough as nails. I think she is tougher… Read More

Happy Holidays 2016

Hi Folks, I have heard that ocean waves come in sets of 7. Whether true or not, I think some years of our lives are certainly bigger than others. 2016 was one of them. 3 quotes have been floating around in my head in looking at the year: A Seattle area lymphoma survivor I could complain about a lot of things, that the fact I am here with the chance to complain makes me forget what I was going to complain about in the first place. Krista Tippett, Running as… Read More

Happy Holidays 2015 ! !

2015 was a notable year in so many, many ways. Perhaps it was the same or similar for you, and our hope is this note finds you safe, sound, healthy and happy. An Oldie But a Goodie: Looking Back 11 Years, © 2004, Abe Pachikara (Click for larger images) The boys continue their journey forward into life and living. Paul is 13 1/2, (8th grade) Sidd is 12 (6th grade) – they continue to finish each other’s sentences and be confidant’s in each other. Soccer is still their go-to sport,… Read More

Happy Holidays 2014 ! !

2014 has been a year our family will never forget, and I do hope you had a very big year too. A Bigger Year Than Meets the Eye, © 2014, Abe Pachikara (Click for larger images)  As per the usual, Sidd, Paul, Molly and I wish you the best in this Holiday time. We pray this note finds you safe, sound, healthy and happy. If life has gone sideways, our prayers are with you. Our family has had its share of adventures. The boys are in a good place.  Still… Read More

Happy Holidays 2013!

With 2014 is just days away, Sidd, Paul, Molly & I wish you the best in the New Year. Another Year Goes By, © 2013, Abe Pachikara (Click for larger images) As in past years, we pray this note finds you safe, sound, healthy and happy. If things are tough our prayers are with you – and there is the saying, (if one chooses to believe in a higher power) that “we are only tested to the extent we can overcome the test; what’s needed is to discover the breadth… Read More

Happy Holidays 2012 !

Another year has passed so quickly – even Paul now comments about time’s quick pace, “I can’t believe summer is already gone, dad!”  All Dressed Up, © 2012, Abe Pachikara (Click for larger images) Sidd, Paul, Molly and I send our best wishes for a very Merry Christmas during this holiday season.  As said in past years, we pray this note finds you safe, sound, healthy and happy. We have been blessed many times over with treasures, time and talents and the year has seen us continue to grow and… Read More

Happy Holidays 2011 !

Another Christmas has blustered upon us, and Sidd, Paul, Molly and I send you a heartfelt Happy Holidays! As said in past years, we pray this note finds you safe, sound, healthy and happy. We have been blessed many times over with treasures, time and talents and the year has seen us continue to grow and change. (Bored already? Well here’s the whimsical eCard from last year, updated with current photos – – it may take a moment to load.) The Best Fall Colors in Years, © 2011, Abe Pachikara… Read More

Happy Holidays 2010 !

Greetings from Redmond, WA, and a heartfelt Happy Holidays from Sidd, Paul, Molly and myself. We pray this note finds you safe, sound, healthy and happy. I am always in awe of and humbled by the hundreds of layers of blessings surrounding us. It is life’s version of Teflon coating. As example, waking up in one’s own apartment, condo or home is an obvious and wonderful one. No longer is this an assumed outcome in the US; just between July – September, 930,000 homeowners lost their homes – that is… Read More