Happy 2014 everyone!  Another year is upon us and that means it’s time to add a +1 to many important personal and historic milestones.  I don’t know all my readers’ personal histories but by setting down a few markers it can help us calibrate our internal clocks accordingly. (These years ending in 4 and 9 don’t seem to be real good for politicians or earthquakes.)

PS- just in case any more Facebook memes go around, the “future” in Back to the Future Part II is October 21 of next year

10 years ago:  2004, Red Sox “reverse the curse,” George W. Bush re-elected over John Kerry, Ronald Reagan died

15 years ago: 1999, Columbine, Y2K Panic, tech bubbles, the Euro is established, JFK Jr. died in a plane crash, Kosovo

20 years ago: 1994, Newt Gingrich and the Contract with America, the first off-year Winter Olympics (Tanya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan), NAFTA, baseball strike cancels the World Series, Northridge earthquake hits LA, Richard Nixon died

25 years ago: 1989, Berlin Wall comes down, Pete Rose banned from baseball, Loma Prieta earthquake during the World Series

30 years ago: 1984, the Mac goes mainstream with a Super Bowl commercial, Ma Bell broken up, Summer Olympics in LA, Ronald Reagan carries 49 states, Band Aid

35 years ago: 1979, hostages in Iran, Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Sandanistas come to power in Nicaragua, Margaret Thatcher becomes prime minister

40 years ago: 1974, Nixon resigns, Hank Aaron sets home run record, Patty Hearst, Halie Selassie is deposed

11 sounds your kids haven’t ever heard… sheds light on technology’s advances.  I am nearly 40 and have probably heard all of them.  My teenage niece likely hasn’t heard any of them.

Here’s some motivation to combine your life’s goals and dreams into your work in 2014 from Tom Vander Ark, with James Taylor quotes

BONUS LINK: largely for readers older than me, a recap on life-shaping events from a man old enough to be my father