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Thoughts on 2012 and New Year Wishes

Trying to summarize a year in just a few sentences or photographs is not possible, but let me begin by wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. As someone who has lived in the Northeast USA for my entire life (including during the recent Hurricane/Storm Sandy), it was difficult to see so many people suffer during and after the storm. My immediate family was very fortunate; apart from a week or so without power, our homes were spared from serious damage. However, relatives who live in New York City were not so lucky. They had many feet of water enter the basement of their home, but thank goodness, no one was injured, and they will be able to stay in their home.

A fallen tree in a park near my home in Piscataway, NJ, photographed a few days after Super Storm Sandy toppled it and countless other trees. Photo © Andrew Darlow

About a year ago, in March of 2011, many of Japan’s citizens were severely affected by a terrible tsunami (over 15,000 lost their lives and about a million buildings were damaged or destroyed*). Having lived in Japan with a family for a few months after high school, then for a year during college, and having traveled across Japan about 10 years later, it was very difficult to see the reports that would come in via TV and the internet.

For me and my family, 2012 was a good year and we have much to be thankful for. One of the highlights was a trip with about 20 family members to Orlando, Florida. It was pretty exhausting, but my son and his cousins had a great time, and my wife and I were able to return to one of our favorite places in the world: the World Showcase at Epcot (she even helped my son fill his “passport” with stamps from each country, which is no easy task!). We were also able to make quite a few day trips throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall of 2012 to the amusement and water parks along the Jersey shore, including Point Pleasant and Keansburg, NJ (heavily damaged during the storm, as you can see by this video).

In 2012, I was also fortunate to meet many new people and connect with longtime friends at workshops, during private consultations, via e-mail, and in various forums/newsgroups. Consulting, teaching and writing are not just what I do for a living; all of those things give me great satisfaction, and the comments I receive from people about how I may have helped them in some way to reach their goals in the areas of photography, printing, etc. make it all worthwhile.

My wife, son and me at our hotel in Orlando, FL during a family trip.

From me and my family to you and yours, thank you for your interest in my comments, tips and thoughts over the years, and I wish you all the best for a very Happy New Year!

-Andrew Darlow

*Source: Wikipedia

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Richard Marks - December 31, 2012

Trust you and your family have a happy, heathly and prosperous New Year.

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Jerry Spielman - December 31, 2012

Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year

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Charlie Young - December 31, 2012

Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family.

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syd harper - December 31, 2012

glad you are all right, and Happy and healthy new year to you and your family. A reader and follower for many years. Syd Harper, grandma and great grandma

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peter michelli - December 31, 2012

Happy New Year, Andrew! Look forward to working with you and getting motivated in 2013!! And thanks for sharing (!).

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Kenny Gelfand - January 1, 2013

Glad to hear things are going so well, Andrew. All the best to you and the family for a great 2013!

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Karen Kaplowitz - January 4, 2013

Best Wishes For a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
Andrew, you deserve all good things! You are a gem!

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syd harper - January 20, 2013

Glad to see that you did not have as much damage. Down here in Louisiana, many places that were effected by the last Hurricane in August, have once again been flooded out by 12 days of steady rain over 16inches in some places. Wish people would begin to take the climate more seriously.

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Canvas Printing - February 7, 2013

Happy new year 2013 to you and your family i am waiting for new pics of this new year also.

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