One wonders if a year that begins with a month that has a Friday the 13th can really be a good omen. We were met with just such a circumstance last week. One is pressed to admit that 2011 didn’t turn out feeling all that great. It was the year of a downhill slide for many in the American cultural milieu.
Unemployment, reduced incomes, challenges to the safety net, radical assertions of what may be next in removing security from the social makeup of our nation, more sliding into poverty and homelessness, severe challenges to the educational systems, concern over health care and its availability, more persons relying on food banks, fear over impending loss of jobs, the spectre of the rich getting richer and the poor staying that way are the ingredients that leave a bad taste in one’s mouth.