It has been a long ass year. Devastating failures, morale crushing betrayals, heart rending losses and educational disappointments. On the upside its been a banner year for accomplishments, personal growth and ugh, character building. Fate has seen fit to keep me in the company of good friends – those who believe in my dreams when my faith is on the wane and struggle with me on the path when I lose my way. In their remembrance I have found my self once more. Time for some R&R and to let some of the symposium have the run of the manor for a while.