“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

2021 had its share of challenges.

Most years do, but in our lifetimes, few unfold against the backdrop of a worldwide phenomenon that over time reminds us of the limits of our ability to truly control our lives. Unfailing optimists that we are, we choose to remember 2021 for that which was good, and as the proverb admonishes, accept those things we cannot change.

Our reflections on some of our highlights of 2021 follow. As the new year begins, we are celebrating perseverance in the face of adversity, and planning for a 2022 that we hope will be rewarding for all of us.