There is nothing in this life as precious as this moment here and now. I'm sitting in my great aunt's chair - an "easy" chair in every sense of the word. I can hear the distinctive clink of a spoon scraping the bottom of an empty bowl as Lily finishes her lunch. "I'm all done!" she announces from the kitchen, her voice filled withwith pride. And she truly seems pleased at having eaten a bowl of soup. I'm filled with wonder at the sincere sense of happiness she seems to feel at this small feat. How rich life is for her, and for all who find joy in such simplicity. This year has been filled with countless moments of such beauty and grace. Their simple beauty defies description, so I'll allow them to speak for themsleves. It is with joy and gratitude that I honor the precious moments of the year past.