PETERS – After this ‘annus horribilis’, there is reason for optimism about 2021


THREE-HUNDRED-FIFTY-THREE. We are currently on Day 353 of the Year of our Lord, 2020.

For many of us, that means 353 days of misery and grief. Largely thanks to a global pandemic, we look back on 2020 as an ‘annus horribilis,’ a terrible year.

In the past, I have spent a lot of time dwelling on the fact that the turning of the calendar doesn’t matter much. Maybe too much time.

One year bled into another and, unless you had something specific planned for the new year itself, there was no good reason to believe the next year would be better than the one that passed.

There was no good reason to believe it would be worse, either.


James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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