Happy New Year
Like many people, I find the new year to be a time of fresh beginnings and inevitable resolutions, many of which I've been able to keep over the years. Some however, have fallen by the wayside. After a 2015 that was dominated by my recovery from back issues and shoulder surgery, now that I've been cleared again to resume swimming mid January, I will rededicate myself to fitness in 2016, but first here's a look at some of the highlights of December:
After the annual Checkmate Pictures Holiday Party spent with my significant other Carolisa Pomerantz, I ventured back east to spend Christmas with my mother, Evelyn, sister Marilyn, her husband Mark Mense and two children Sophia and Jessica along with my brother Mark, his wife Susan and their children Tom and Joe.
My sister lives in Poolesville, Maryland a rural community of less than 5,000 residents not far from Washington, DC. Christmas Day was a highlight, including mass with my mother topped off by thoughtful gifts, including handmade, much treasured presents by my nieces Sophia (a ceramic pen) and Jessica (an original watercolor).
On Boxing Day the 26th, we all explored Washington, including my first trip to the Smithsonian since 1971 and my first visits to both the WW II and Lincoln memorials.
The next day, Marilyn, Sophia, Jessica and I climbed Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland, with the girls bounding ahead of us, and Summer, the dog, constantly checking on the AARP eligible hikers to see if we were okay.
Family bonds matter, so I am profoundly grateful for the hospitality of the Mense family and the congenial time I spent with everybody.
Don't forget to watch the award winning anti-aging documentary "Reverse Aging Now," If you don't want to buy the full-featured DVD, download a digital rental of "Reverse Aging Now" for just $2.99 on Amazon.com! Photos of Paul Suchecki by Marilyn Suchecki Mense
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