2016 was a great year, it went by fast. My highlight would be finishing my PhD. I feel very blessed to have been given the opportunity to pursue a PhD at Tallinn University and very grateful for all the support along the way. Maris' highlight was going back to work as a teacher. She's working hard and doing a great job too. We had a great trip to the USA in the summer and had our first Christmas as a family in Keila.
But how can we sum up 2016? The year of Netflix! We got a TV and signed up a few months after it came to Estonia. In the beginning they did not have a lot of content. I requested several TV shows (including every Star Trek series) and within a few weeks every request I made was up! Now there is way more content than we could ever hope to watch. We cut the few TV channels we had because we never watch them. Why would we? Hats off Netflix, the best use of money in our family budget.
The rest of the blog will be a few awards and highlights, not a long description of the year- hopefully you've been following all year long.
Movie of the year:Library Wars: The Last Mission. I saw it on a plane ride back from the US. It is a sequel, I hadn't seen the first but loved the movie! Great idea. Jill- this is based off some comics or books in Japan, have you heard of them? Your kids would love the movie!
Honorable mention goes to Star Trek Beyond. It was a significant improvement over the last movie. I'm happy to hear they are going to do a 4th movie but am much more excited to see the new TV Star Trek series, that is where Star Trek is at its best.
Book of the year:The Hillary Doctrine: Sex and American Foreign Policy. I was not a huge fan of Clinton's work as secretary of state, that view changed after reading this book. It also helped shape my strong opposition to Donald Trump's presidency. In short- women matter.
Person of the year: Harry Fisher. His death is a tragic reminder of the devastation that LDS policies and culture can have on our LGBT brothers and sisters. The thing that strikes me the most about Jesus's ministry was his intense engagement with the disenfranchised and vulnerable. To see people who fit that bill today taking their lives because of LDS culture and policy has to sadden the Savior in ways we cannot fully comprehend. When Jesus told his disciples that one of them would betray him Peter's response was "is it I? When thinking about Harry's life and death we should take a moment to ask ourselves about our role in the creation of an environment that causes such desperation for our LGBT bothers and sisters. It is my hope that 2017 will be a year with more allies and more moments of compassion.
Thanks to all our readers, we hope your 2016 was a good one and that your 2017 will be even better. Keep reading and we'll keep blogging!