I know it sounds like an interesting book choice, but this book, Hitler, was well worth the read. It is definitely the definitive book on the life of Adolf Hitler.
2012. You are finally over. I made it. And so did you.
It’s been arguably one of the most trying years of my life, but I’ve made it through. I’ve reach the end of the tunnel. As I reflect on a year that changed my outlook, changed my relationships and brought me great opportunities, I’m reminded of a very simple lesson: Magic can strike at any moment … you just have to be ready for it.
Blog Post of the Year (that I wrote):
Past Winners: Brand New Award!
2012 Nominees: I had a lot of great writing and experiences this year that I shared with you. But if I had to pick my three best and favorites, they would boil down to my getting fired, joining the marathon club and my Hurricane Sandy experience. I believe those three posts encapsulate the year I had.
Winner: However, nothing captured the year more than getting fired.
Book of the Year (that I read):
Past Winners: The Agony and the Ecstasy (by Irving Stone), Riding with the Blue Moth (by Bill Hancock), Orbiting the Giant Hairball (by Gordon MacKenzie), Tweak (by Nic Sheff)
2012 Nominees: I didn’t do as much reading as I had planned this year (see previous award), but I still managed to read a mix of fiction and non-fiction. That said, my nominees this year are quite the mashup of creativity, including, Brain Rules by John Medina, The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Winner: I love learning and no book captured that then Brain Rules, making it an easy choice. If you enjoy learning about human thought processes, pick it up!
Best Sports Moment:
Past Winners: Kim Clijsters wins the US Open, Matthew Mitcham wins Gold, 2010 Men’s World Cup Drama, Novak Djokovic’s 2011
2012 Nominees: Olympic years always provide a lot of great material for this award. It was Matthew Mitcham who claimed this award back in 2008, but he didn’t even make the finals of the 10m diving this year, so sadly, he won’t be a nominee. I would be hard-pressed not to nominate the US Women’s Gymnastics Gold Medal Team for this award. They came in underdogs and put aside shaky routines to claim a magnificent gold for the USA. Also getting nominated this year is Brit/Scot Andy Murray who cried on the grass at Wimbledon, won an Olympic gold medal on the same gross four weeks later and then finally ended the seven decade Kingdom Grand-Slam drought by winning the US Open. Getting the final nomination is the US Women’s soccer team avenging their World Cup final loss to win Olympic gold.
Winner: This will be the third tennis-focused winner, but in my opinion, no other story hit the hearts of tennis fans than did Andy Murray’s 2012.
Artist of the Year:
Past Winners: Nathanael Porembka, Coldplay (Viva la Vida), Owl City
Photo of the Year (new):
Person of the Year:
Past Winners: Switchfoot, Barack Obama, You, Lady Gaga
As I’ve said, this was quite the year but as I sat down to think about who would make my magazine cover, the choice became clear. I’ve written, sometimes too much, about my journey to accepting my homosexuality. But my family had their own journey to accepting me for who I am. And so, on this year, when they met someone I’m dating for the first time and invited that person into their home, my Person of the Year goes to my parents.
Thank you for reading this year’s “award” post, and for being a reader of my work. I do it for you, but also to help me clarify my own thoughts. Dreams are worth chasing and that is my lesson from 2012.
My friend Mike always gives me great books to read, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon, is no exception. It began with the entertaining read of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and continues with this curious tale of an autistic young man at the cusp of adult-hood with a family that has fallen apart and a curious dog incident.
At first, the book as a bit unnerving in it’s style, but it quickly grew on me to a point where I wanted nothing more than to pick up the book again and read. It’s written from the young man’s perspective and soon, you, the reader, are thinking just like him. Your reasoning changes and you realize how fractured his world is and how badly you just want to understand.
In a way, the book is a look at the inside of all of us and how we all want so very much to be loved and understood and to understand. In my previous readings, including Brain Rules, I love to read books that provide that understanding, the this one meets that challenge.
I promise you will not be disappointed in this read that gives insight into the world of a young child in pain, in silence, in fear and in need of the one thing we all can give, love.
Do I have the right stuff? Boy, I hope so. I don’t want to be on the short end of this stick. If you have never heard of this book, or it’s author, Tom Wolfe, go pick up this book now.
Sure, it is a history novel, but it reads like a movie. It is almost like you are with Al Shepard as he sits and waits to be launched up into the sky … hoping that the world’s knowledge of physics is more than 99.9% correct.
I found myself dreaming of being an astronaut; I once wanted to be one! In, The Right Stuff, I was taken back to a time I didn’t live or experience and it felt like I was there. It’s a sad statement, but I didn’t realize that John Glenn was not actually the first American in space. I will never make that mistake again.
Nor did I realize how the NASA program came to be, or how dangerous flight was during this time period.
The most unique thing for me to read and experience through the words of Wolfe would undoubtedly be how the minds of the Air Force pilots work. It was always about pushing the envelope of flight to see if they had the “right stuff.” They would drink a lot to see how much they could take in and how good they could function the next day. They would race on the beach. It was all about having and not losing the right stuff.
History is always fun to read about. Why? Because we can all learn, and remember the trials before that allow us to look up at the moon and say, “One small step…”