THE YEAR GONE BY COLORS THE WAY OF THE FUTURE

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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About Sheri de Grom

Retired Fed/JAG, 5 yrs. on Capitol Hill. Former book buyer for B and N. Concerned citizen of military drawdown. Currently involved in mental healthcare reform, health care strategist and actively pursuing legislative change wherein dual retirees are exempt from enrolling in Medicare at their own discretion without losing tertiary healthcare benefits. Monitor and comment on Federal Register proposed legislation involving Mental Health, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, Medicare and rural libraries. Licensed OSHA Inspector to include Super Fund sites. Full time caregive to Vietnam era veteran. Conceptualized, investigated possible alternatives, authored, lobbied for, and successfully implemented Title X, Section 1095 (known as the Third Party Collection Program of Federal Insurance).
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63 Responses to THE YEAR GONE BY COLORS THE WAY OF THE FUTURE

  1. Well done Sheri you have a Specialized outreach that is very needed, so thank you for the lives that you touch with assurance that they are indeed people of worth.

    I love how WordPress do our reports, they make them very interesting and attractive , I look forward to receiving them, unfortunately last year I had Computer problems but thankfully they added on 2013 for me this year.

    Blessings – Anne.

    • Anne – Thank you for dropping by. I often read your comments over on Patty B’s. blog. She was one of my earliest followers and a true blessing in my life.
      I hadn’t really paid much attention to the reports in the past but this year, I know the direction I need to go – and I’ll continue in that direction. I’ll be a little scattered until we find out what’s going on with my husband again – but – I honestly enjoy the exchange of information and friendship I discover via WordPress.

  2. inesephoto says:

    Happy 2015! Thank you for being you, for your support, and for your inspiring, educational and very interesting posts!
    Best wishes
    Inese

    • Inese – You are a first rate blogger and I’m so delighted to have met you. You’ve come so far in the blogging universe in such a short time and I know this coming year will be even bigger and better. I’m trying to get back into the swing of things after being away from my routine. I hope your holidays were everything you wanted them to be. Sheri

  3. Al says:

    Well done, and thank you for connecting back again, I appreciate it

  4. mihrank says:

    Sherrie – Congratulations on such accomplishments and sharing your unique and successful post last year, which was very valuable and informative. May God Bless You!

  5. Congratulations, Sheri, and Happy New Year! I wish you and Tom a 2015 filled with GOOD moments that will make HAPPY memories.

  6. atempleton says:

    Happy New Year, Sheri. I’ve been thinking about you and wish you well. Looking forward to more of your work for mental health in the coming year. Take care.

  7. Congrats on your blog, Sheri! You do so much right, here. And your background is fascinating. I look forward to staying in touch with the new year.

  8. ksbeth says:

    congrats and may you fill many more with your wise words.

    • Beth – You are far too kind. This is the first year I’ve posted my annual report. I wanted to see how the numbers shook out and then study them to learn more about what they actually said. You already know that your blog is one of the places I go when in the middle of the night Tom’s pain is so severe and I have nothing left to give him except my love. I sit and hold his head in my lap and together we run through your blog. I always want to leave likes and think I’ll get back to do that but this full-time caregiving has taken a bit more out of me than I expected. Thank you so much for being there for the both of us. You’ll never know how many nights we visit, “Beth’s Place.” Tom now asks for you by name! Welcome to the treatment team even if their are other places you would rather be.

  9. HOLY TOMOLY! 13,000 views is incredible but a testimony to all your hard work and the interesting posts on your blog. Happy New Year, Sheri, and I look forward to all the great posts you’ll be writing in 2015.
    Patti

  10. Congratulations Sheri, you’ve done some important work raising awareness in the last year and it’s been a pleasure to accompany you on the journey.

  11. Wow. Look at those stats. Like gpcox says, if only there were 36 hours in a day… Your writing has opened a lot of eyes, Sheri. Bless you for your tireless contribution to mental health.
    Wishing you and Tom a much better year, and more rest for YOU. ❤ ❤ ❤

  12. Rhonda says:

    Congratulations on a great year! The best to you in 2015. 🙂

  13. gpcox says:

    Sheri – you are so well loved in so many communities, and such a dear friend to me that I am honored to know you. I’m so looking forward to 2015, another year of learning and friendship! Congrats on your year-end summary – can you imagine what your figures would be if you had 36 hours to a day? Because that’s what you need – just to get some rest! ALL my best to Tom, tell him to keep that chin up.

  14. Gallivanta says:

    Wishing you both a blessed New Year. Looking forward to seeing your posts again.

  15. Elaine says:

    Congratulation on your stats! I was just thinking of you the other day and wondering how you and Tom were. I’ve been away pretty much for the last 5 or 6 weeks, getting gifts made for Christmas and I have missed your blog posts. Happy New Year!

  16. cindy knoke says:

    Congrats on your well deserved success! Wishing you and Tom a Happy & Healthy New Year~

  17. kanzensakura says:

    Congratulations on the excellent stats. I am looking forward to your future posts. And I like the new gravatar!

    • I’ve never posted my annual report before but thought I would this year since health care and primarily mental health won 4 of the top 5 slots.
      The gravatar is a picture from 2000 so I don’t look anything like that (thank goodness I’m at least 100 pounds thinner) but I loved that little dog so much, I wanted to see him every time I was at the computer.

  18. Terry says:

    Congratulations dear friend! Happy New Year

    • Hello, Terry. I thought by posting my annual report that I might get back into the swing of things. I hope you are well.

      • Terry says:

        I have not made any progress in my life since Al died. I feel like I live only in the day and then the next. I am trying different things but nothing great is happening yet. I tell ya, when someone close is no longer there, the impact is huge. I hope you and Tom have many years together because no matter the health, he is there with you. Hugs and love

        • Terry – I so understand where you are. The time we devote our lives to the person we love more than life itself is gone and suddenly life seems to have the rug pulled out from under us. One thing you do have is the exquisite poetry and prose you write. I see and feel the emotion pour forth from your soul. Is their a poetry or any writing group near where you live? I’m not trying to run your life but would it help to make new friends. Some days I just want to hide in the corner and pretend no one wants anything from me that day. When I started making new friends after we moved here, I first looked for a writer’s group and then branched out to other groups.
          Also, are you a reader. Our municipal library offers few book clubs per month and you are allowed to pick an choose where you’d like to participate. Then I know you like to cook and we also have all kinds of cooking clubs – I’m even starting to cook again – but that’s a long story but I’m going to post it one of these days.
          I cared for my Dad for 3 months and when he was gone, I thought I’d not only lost my best friend but my rock to hold onto. I can’t begin to tell you how much I miss my Father but he’s now gone to be with my Mother and they were married 76 hours.
          Terry, I have daily inspirational books (more than I can read from everyday and I’d be happy to share the wealth with you). Friends send them to me and I find comfort in them as I read a passage daily. If you’ll send me your new address, I have to go to the post office yet today or tomorrow and would be glad to slip a couple in the mail to you. I will need your new mailing address.
          You may send in to my e-mail at: sdegrom@conwaycorp.net.
          If there’s a special type of book you like to read, I’ve been cleaning my shelves so let me know and I’d be happy to pass some of them along to you.
          Hang in their friend and remember, God loves you and so do I.

          • Terry says:

            I will send you my mailing address. This town is so small. Less than five thousand people. I do write for some poetry pages on Facebook and even won a contest. I take a lot of photos and have had them entered in the local newspaper. I want so much yet in my life. I want to be a motivational speaker for MSA. I would love to write the lyrics for songwriters. I could use a job. Sometimes I get lost because it seems every door I knock on remains closed, but I carry one thing with me, hope and I thrive and feed off this. I do love to write and I am always here for the so-called underdogs. I feel like I still need to complete something before I meet my maker.

            • Terry – Yep, I know how it is to be the new kid on the block in a small town. And, it’s darn hard being that kid when you’re supposed to be all grown up and have your life all neat and tidy. I’ve moved so much in my career, moving never bothered me because I knew there would always be another move right around the corner. Then we moved here – and I knew we were going to be here for a good bit of time. Conway has grown by 5 or 6,000 people since we moved here 8 years ago and that puts us somewhere over 55,000 population. However, Conway has that small town feel and the general population is very conservative.

              How far are you from a larger city. I had to go to Little Rock to find a writer’s group. After I had been attending that one for a year or so, I formed a branch of that group here in Conway. That gave us a critique group locally and I met several new people that way. I urge you to keep searching for whatever it is that you need in order to fulfill your life. Sheri

              • Terry says:

                Bowling Green is the next biggest city or I would have to go to Clarksville in Tn. Today I am what I would say under the weather. I feel so alone. I know about how I am not really alone that God is with me, but it isn’t enough today. I haven’t spoken to a living soul since Thursday night. This causes me to sleep more, notice every ache, start the panic attacks. I hate it, just hate it. Sorry to be whining

                • Terry – I wish I could reach out and hug you and promise you everything is going to be okay. Like you, I know God has his own plan for me, and I honestly try to listen and wait for his plan. Sometimes I have to eat a lot of humble pie before I can make that happen and that actually happened when I received my big break with my career. I really should blog about that one of these days. Anyway, back to you. I haven’t read e-mail in a couple days as I want to get my blog as ready to go for the New Year as possible. I will however go hunt for your message. Terry, I have a dear friend who was once my employee. He was my deputy (the man that always had my back no matter what we were doing but also intelligent in all aspects of our work) for 20 years. We’ve stayed in touch ever since I retired at 54 in 1999 and he retired in 2002. Anyway, we still talk frequently by phone and each time he says good-bye, he always says, “Remember, God loves you and so do I.” There’s nothing romantic between the two of us but he’s known about Tom’s illness for many years and what I’ve been through and still managed to hold the highest standards for our work. The reason I tell you this is I find it’s my friendships I held onto from so many years gone by that are my rocks when things get really tough for me.
                  Tom lives in a state of deep and very dark depression all the time and it would be so easy for me to drop into the same place. I have no idea what would really happen if I allowed myself to go there. What I do know is that I was very close over this past holiday season. Terry, know that I love you. I consider you a friend. We’ve been through a lot together.
                  I’ll look for the e-mail yet tonight or tomorrow. Your forever friend, Sheri

                  • Terry says:

                    My best friend lives back up north. I just can’t seem to fit in this small area anywhere. I pray a lot. I am trying new things I wouldn’t have done before, but I am not going to lie here, I am lonely and bored and feel useless. I am a person that needs to be with people, not alone, it makes me feel like I am dying inside, sorry

                    • Terry – I don’t want you to be there feeling useless and ignored. I thought one about moving back to Kansas to be near family and after I came to my sanity, I knew that would never work for me. I’m simply not the person they want me to be and never have been. I’m the one that left home and had a successful career. I know I’m resented for supporting my Dad in the 20 years after my mother died but he was an energetic man with vision and intelligence. I could afford to allow him to live comfortably and that’s exactly what Tom and I did. Dad also loved to travel and he hadn’t gotten to do much as he’d been a rancher all his life and you simply can’t go off and leave your livestock. Therefore, after Mom was gone, Dad traveled with me as I was on government investigations both all over the United States and abroad. He knew how to entertain himself and never ceased to amaze me.
                      I’m telling you this because I think you and I are a lot alike in that we live in our own world, a world that works for us and when someone else tries to cram us into a box, it simply doesn’t work.
                      My best friend lives in Florida but we had 13 years together in Monterey, CA and formed a solid friendship there. We talk almost daily on the phone and see each other as often as possible. A good friend I made since moving here, her husband’s job moved her to New Jersey. I miss her and her place in my life. She remains my critique partner and remains in my life. Matter of fact her 22 yr old daughter arrives next week to help me with some jobs I simply can’t do around the house.
                      I also have a lovely friend here in Conway that’s precious to me and I wouldn’t give her up for the world.
                      I urge you to do what is right for you but not make a hasty decision. This is a long, long comment. I need to move over to your e-mail. God Bless you Terry. I’ll be in touch. I put together a few books last night. With love, Sheri

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