Sweet are the uses of adversity; Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.— As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 1

When Shakespeare’s Duke in As You Like It is deposed and forced into exile by his wicked brother, losing everything and living rough in the woods, he fears all is lost. But he soon sees unexpected blessings. So too do we in the year now ending.

A Dreadful Year

The year we are leaving has been disastrous … Literally …

The strongest and wettest hurricanes in recorded history raked across Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, causing damage that could top $200 billion, and leaving much of Puerto Rico without power for months. Record-setting

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