I’m still having a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that Christmas is this Thursday! I’m having an even harder time with the fact that there are only nine days left in 2014 and we will soon be ushering in 2015! I can still remember quite vividly the uproar that ensued with 1999 turning over to the year 2000. People were in a panic over what would happen; would the world come to an end, would computers around the globe crash making it impossible to conduct even the simplest of business transactions on a daily basis. As December 1999 came to a close many people were stocking up on water and food. Of course, none of these things happened, and life went on pretty much as usual. The same can probably be said for now. I can remember when I was growing up hearing adults saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” At the time I didn’t understand how that could even be possible. But now after living for more than half a century I understand and I find myself uttering the very same.