1. This sums up 2016 pretty well, I think:


2. But the year wasn’t all bad. (And now I’m worrying, “What if we all look fondly back on 2016 as the last good year before America acted out The Handmaid’s Tale?!”) Ahem. Here are 99 Reasons 2016 Was a Good Year.

3. This is also a good thing to read about: The Man Who Saved 200 Syrian Refugees

4. And, as we go into the New Year–whatever it may bring–let’s remember what we’re holding on to:

Sam: Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo: What are we holding on to, Sam?

Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.