By Barbara Falconer Newhall
Here they are, your favorite Riffs on Life, 2014.
Actually, these might not be your favorites at all. That’s because they are the 2014 posts that got the most page reads this year, which means that they are the favorites of Internet search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. Your top ten might be something else entirely. I know that some of the posts I’m most proud of didn’t make the list.
Two of my favorites that just missed the list, for example, were my encounters with Superman and with singer-dancer-actor Robert Morse — at Nos. 12 and 14. My righteous rant about James Dobson and his abusive, allegedly Christian, child-rearing philosophy took the No. 17 spot.
“Tulips and Sex — Writing As If Everyone I Know Were Dead” was a runner up at No. 13. And a recent post, “Advent: Witnessing to the Light With Tinsel and a Plastic Santa,” was way, way down on the list with only 52 page reads total — maybe because it was posted so late in the year that it hasn’t had time to get much traffic .
A couple of my favorites did make the top ten cut, however: Check out “Dead Stuff — Which I Will Be Too One of These Days” and “Nature — We Love It, But Does It Give a Darn About Us?”
Meanwhile, Happy New Year to you! May your 2015 be prosperous, and may our tumultuous world find a little peace.