January in a nutshell

The last time I was here it was December 30  (I know it says December 31, but when I published the post it was past 11:00 and WordPress hasn’t adjusted to the end of Daylight Saving Time… I am waiting eagerly for March 30).

As it stands, we have a lot to catch up on, so this will be one of my long posts. I know that some of you don’t have time to waste on reading a 75000 word post, so I have devised a little system where anything in black font is necessary reading – everything else is optional. So this is optional.
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