2. Putting 2016 in the Rearview Mirror.

I can’t put 2016 in the rearview mirror fast enough. There were some positive highlights to be sure, especially in October when Sir Paul McCartney christened the sparkling new Golden 1 Center in Downtown Sacramento and I published my first book However, between my brain tumor and this year’s Presidential Election, this was the worst year in my memory.

Will 2017 be any better? I certain hope so. On a personal level, as I recover from successful brain surgery, my weakened right side continues to regain mobility and strength; it just hasn’t caught up with my left side yet. But on the world stage, with the Manchurian candidate Donald Trump in office, all bets are off.

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1. Why I started writing.

Facing surgery to remove a brain tumor in February 2016, I started writing my family history from my grandfather’s daring escape from the Russian Army in Ukraine during World War I to my childhood growing up in mid-century Missouri memoir. After surviving the surgery, I kept writing, chronicling the rest of my life’s story, including my adult life in Sacramento, where I raised a family and began a long career as an attorney for the nation’s most progressive electric utility and a civic leader for “America’s Most Livable City.”

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