Tracey Jackson

Dec 31 2016 | Comments

CLOSING OUT THE YEAR

 

I don’t historically do year end summation blogs. I’m always on the road this time of year and a bottle of champagne or some fireworks and a Happy New Year usually suffice.

But this has been a hell of a year on so many fronts.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s been terrific in many ways.

As I write this my family is all healthy. That is always numero uno on any list.

We are all moving ahead in our daily pursuits and for all of us it has been a year of individual triumphs.

And then it has been a year of big losses.   And for those of us who value democracy, freedom of speech, world peace, a healthy environment, respect for other races and religions other than our own, women’s rights and on and on, it looks at the moment like we might be losing a lot of those things in the years ahead. So, for many of us it is a time of trepidation and uncertainty for what the future holds. And I’m a messily comedy writer so the answers to those bigger issues I don’t have.

I know for my family and myself we will face the year ahead focusing on work, staying close to each other and our friends. We will do good works and good deeds. We will reach out,  and roll up our sleeves and work for causes that will likely suffer under the new administration.

But there are always bright spots and things to stay positive about. Staying in the moment! Not easy for me, but something I am working  so hard on.

BE HERE NOW, to quote the great Ram Das. Even if the now is not what you want it to be, just being alive is a grand thing and something we should never take for granted.

As trite as that may sound, living in the moment is usually easier said than done. It takes focus, but it’s worth it.

We never know what lies ahead as the deaths this week and each week continue to teach us.

We lost some great ones this year. Bowie. Leonard Cohen and endless others. I have lost some close friends this last year. Suddenly and randomly, it takes the wind out of you and makes you realize how precious every moment is.  BE HERE NOW.

In our family we lost two of our beloved dogs in four months.  A sting that we still feel.  But we now have two little bundles of dachshund puppy and they have reinvigorated our home with love and youth.

Glenn continues to thrive and closed a world news worthy deal by selling Bob Dylan’s archives this year.  Taylor was made a junior agent at Writer’s House and fell in love in a big way. Her life moving  rapidly into adulthood.

Lucy gets straight A’s and continues to astound with us with her intelligence, energy and curiosity. The kid is going places. But I hope not too fast.

I have been very quiet about it, but I went off the last month of 2015 and the first month of 2016 and wrote a spec TV pilot.  I wanted to see if I still had it in me. I needed to see if I could do what I love the most and maybe work in that field again. I had few expectations – I just wanted to do what I felt I was the best at and see what happened. And thus far it’s working out well.  I sold it and now we shall see where it winds up in the coming months.

Proving what I believe, that no matter what age you are, or what you have been through you keep moving forward. Keep working, keep doing, keep believing. One foot in front of the other.  To quote Anne LaMott, “Bird by Bird.”  Continue to dream your dreams and continue to pursue them.  Be kind to others, be kind to yourself.   Now more than ever.

I will end this on one of my favorite quotes, it is by Marie Brenner in her book Apples and Oranges –  “Any day the doctor does not tell you it’s time to get your things in order is a good day.”

So, no matter what you are feeling in the year ahead, no matter what challenges we face as a country or individuals just hold on to that thought.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year.

I thank you for remaining loyal to me and this blog. You don’t know how much pleasure I derive from your emails, your comments and your hanging in there with me all these years.

BRING ON 2017!

Hard saying good bye to this sweet soul. Bobby Levithan passed away early in the year with as much grace and serenity the he lived his life.

Hard saying good bye to this sweet soul. Bobby Levithan passed away early in the year with as much grace and serenity the he lived his life.

 

My friend George Goldey. Died suddenly and way too young, but my guess is it might have been the way he would have wanted to go, at a party in Viet Nam. Seeing the world, living and loving life. You are missed George.

My friend George Goldey. Died suddenly and way too young, but my guess is it might have been the way he would have wanted to go, at a party in Viet Nam. Seeing the world, living and loving life. You are missed George.

Sofie Horowitz. Was our girl for 18 years. We lost her in March. Not a day goes by when Lucy does not mention her.

Sofie Horowitz. Was our girl for 18 years. We lost her in March. Not a day goes by when Lucy does not mention her. We miss you Pofe.

Putting my angel Ramu to sleep in August was one of the hardest things I've ever done. I wear a necklace that says I love Ramu. Always did - always will.

Putting my angel Ramu to sleep in August was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I wear a necklace that says I love Ramu. Always did – always will.

This little doll arrived unexpectedly in April. We knew she was coming to the family, but let's say it was sooner than we planned. What joy Winnie has brought with her.

This little doll arrived unexpectedly in April. We knew she was coming to the family, but let’s say it was sooner than we planned. What joy Winnie has brought with her.

So cute as a puppy I had to post two photos.

So cute as a puppy I had to post two photos.

We love Winnie so much after Ramu died we decided to get one of Winnie's cousins. So Wednesday joined the family. I didn't blog it as we picked her up on November 5th and then you know shortly thereafter the world....

We love Winnie so much after Ramu died we decided to get one of Winnie’s cousins. So Wednesday joined the family. I didn’t blog it as we picked her up on November 5th and then you know shortly thereafter the world….

So now we have the W girls. Boy do we love them! The best thing to happen in 2016!

So now we have the W girls. Boy do we love them! The best thing to happen in 2016!

Glenn sold Bob Dylan's archive. Which was a big deal.

Glenn sold Bob Dylan’s archive. Which was a big deal.

I sold my TV pilot I wrote on spec.

I sold my TV pilot I wrote on spec.

Taylor met the man of her dreams and got a promotion at work.

Taylor met the man of her dreams and got a promotion at work.

Lucy just gets prettier and smarter and more focused. A little gem. Hard to believe college is a year and a half away.

Lucy just gets prettier and smarter and more focused. A little gem. Hard to believe college is a year and a half away.  We had such fun in Milan in November.

I got to meet her a few weeks ago. As anyone who follows me knows I am devastated by the outcome of the election.

I got to meet her a few weeks ago. As anyone who follows me knows I am devastated by the outcome of the election.

From all of us to all of you, Happy New Year!

From all of us to all of you, Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

  • Amanda Dushan

    Happy New Years!
    Just like you, I’m trying to stay in the moment, but I, too, find it hard.
    Not too long ago, my aunt lost her dog, Wakita. She died of a heart-attack at the age of 8.
    I’m so proud of your family.
    I hope your pilot script gets picked up. I’ll watch your show.

  • Steppie Royes

    We had a rough year with Irwin’s mom getting ill and then passing away. We’re still working through the recovery process. But we also had some fun getting to go to a decent magic convention. It was a much needed road trip! The new year looks promising with some new projects in the works. Always love reading your blogs, Tracey! You still inspire me to be my best. Let us celebrate old friends new beginnings. Cheers!

  • Cindy Bouchard

    I love this “BE HERE NOW, to quote the great Ram Das. Even if the now is not
    what you want it to be, just being alive is a grand thing and something
    we should never take for granted.”

    I so very much look forward to your TV show!!

    Happy 2017, Tracey! May you and your family be blessed even more and may the world live in PEACE. Sending LOVE and ((((HUGS)))

  • Tanis

    Happy New Year Tracey. I don’t think it is going to be as bad as you think it may be ! Peace, One Day at a Time. 🙂