By Jean Godden
'Tis the end of the year and throughout the land, newspaper editors are assigning reporters to sum up a miserable year, one we're thankfully about to consign to history.
It says so much about 2020 that, rather than headlines about the year's "10 best new restaurants" and most popular movies, songs and plays, this year we're faced with the "10 best take-outs," most watched streaming and escapist novels. Who could have guessed that we'd want to read more about Winston Churchill and the inner thoughts of Abraham Lincoln?
In other words: What a strange year it has been. Back in January, we were thinking that 2020 --- the start of a new decade -- meant a great beginning. There would be new ways to make the world better, a growing optimism. We believed we could deal with climate crisis and past inequities.