Donna Louise here working on my year-end letter which will appear in two parts. Today the Kwanzaa principle is Kuumba (Creativity)—to always do what we can to leave our community in a much better place. My review of the year satisfies that principle.


 Dear Friends,

2011 SUCKED and not in a good way. When I reviewed the Christmas/Holiday letters, spoke with friends, and surveyed a random group of strangers, the word most frequently used to describe 2011 was “SUCKED!!!”


Arab “Spring” began inTunisia (in the dead of winter) and spread across the Arab world. 2011 became “Arab Rebellion Year” with more trouble coming in 2012.


Jane Russell died. Remember her 1970’s “’Cross-Your-Heart Bra’ for us full-figured girls” commercial? Still one of Playtex bras’ best remembered ads. Or, how about her role opposite Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes?


A 9.1 magnitude earthquake hit northeastern Japan and damaged four nuclear reactors, a “once in a lifetime occurrence” but it only takes once to kill thousands of people and irradiate the globe. Pat Robertson, who sees his god’s spiteful hand behind every natural disaster, chose to leave the Japanese alone, but tout the benefits of nuclear power. Glenn Beck filled the ignorance vacuum by saying the earthquake was God’s message to the world. They both suck, but that must be obvious.

That same month Elizabeth Taylor and Geraldine Ferraro (first woman vice-presidential candidate) died, two women who changed the world. That sucked.

On March 21, Arab Spring really became Arab Spring.


Prince William and Cate married in a ceremony viewed by two billion people who were not invited to the reception. That sucked. I’d picked out an outfit and a hat, purchased my gift (a ceramic cow creamer) and bought my airline ticket. No invitation arrived.


President Obama announced that special forces had killed Osama bin Laden  and dumped the body at sea to prevent something awful from happening. Quite what, I never understood. That sucked for the Republicans who had wanted to catch and kill him themselves. They recovered quickly and blamed the President for playing politics.

May 21, Harold Camping’s prediction of the Rapture came and went without anyone being sucked up into Heaven.  All that proved was that no one was good enough to go.


Arab Spring officially becomes Arab Summer on June 21. Actor Peter Falk died.

Whew! That’s just the first six months of 2011. From the look of things, “SUCK” may be too kind a word to describe the year.

Tomorrow:  July through December.