2020 Fryar Christmas Letter

This depicts 2020 well; it sure has been a whirlwind of emotions as we all reacted to changes outside of our control. But our family has come out on the other side with some great memories and thankful moments.

Brandon (18) graduated high school – moving on to upper education at Mankato State. He is in the Aviation program and has his first semester of flying lessons under his belt. We could not be more proud of him!

Aiden (14) moved up to high school level – and has had an unusual start to his next four years; with hybrid and now full distance learning. He has done a great job navigating the new normal, keeping himself connected to his teachers and his friends. He keeps upbeat about the situation.

Danith and I have been fortunate to be able to completely work from home since mid-March. Luckily, the house is arranged to allow for us to work in separate spaces. I have put in over 500 miles of running this year. Danith continues to find creative outlets through quilting and recently joined a book club

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

25. December 2020 by Rick
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More Books Read

Peace Talks by Jim Butcher
This is one of my all time favorite book series. If you are unfamiliar with Dresden Files, it is about a private detective named Harry Dresden. He is a wizard in Chicago. This is book 17 I think in the series.

The latest book is the first book in a two part series around several magical groups are getting together to vote for peace between them. Of course with all things Harry Dresden, things go wildly astray.

Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind
The normal fantasy trope.. Small kid from a small village goes on adventure with close friends. Finds out everyone is not who they seem/claim and needs to save the world.

Entertaining book and a quick read. However after I finished I realized there is another 12 books in the series! I will come back to the rest as I am between other books.

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
This is basically three books in one. The first part is around an event that causes the moon to break into 7 large pieces. The world is of course shocked and scientists soon learn the pieces are unstable and will cause the end of the world unless society can find solutions.

The second part is immediately after moon fragments start hailing down on Earth on a regular basis and how the people in orbit try to live.

The third part is 5k years in the future. You will learn why the book is called seveneves and other fun secrets.

This book is soon to become a TV series. Amazon or Netflix, not sure which.

Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky
(Sequel to Children of time)

Not quite as good of a read as the first book, see my previous post for that summation.

This book focuses on the building of a two world system before humanity is essentially destroyed on Earth. This second race that uses a similar virus as the first book is based on the Octopus.

The spiders and second earthlings travel to their star system and deal with the pain of communication between two different creatures.

24. July 2020 by Rick
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