2018 What? Really by Cher’ley


This blog by Cher’ley Grogg

Who is still writing 1998? Or perhaps some other ending in 8 year? But I never dreamed of 2018. I remember when 1970 seemed very far away. And I never dreamed of being 65 years old.

  • 60’s
  • Neil Armstrong’s moon landing
  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream Speech”
  • 70’s
  • last Americans leaving Vietnam
  • The premiere of “Star Wars” 
  • 80’s
  • The fall of the Berlin Wall
  • The Royal Wedding 
  • 90’s
  • Johnny Carson’s 1992 farewell
  • Princess Diana’s 1997 funeral 
  • 2000
  • The capture of the late Saddam Hussein
  • Boston Red Sox World Win Series

You probably have your own lists, or perhaps you are still working on your first 50 years. Either way 50 years, a half-century allows us to see many changes.

Some interesting facts I discovered over the centuries were:

01. In the 16th and 17th century wealthy Europeans ate corpses thinking they’d cure them of ailments.

02. They even ate the remains of Egyptian mummies, which tomb raiders risked their lives to steal.

03. In the 15th century Romanian ruler Vlad the Impaler impaled 20,000 Ottoman Turks on long, sharp poles on the banks of the Danube.

American Zoetrope/Columbia Pictures

04. Vlad also enjoyed sopping up his enemies’ blood with bread and eating it. This disturbing practice, along with his family name of Dracula and birthplace of Transylvania, inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

So as writers we never know where our inspiration may come from. How much is actual truth and how much is fiction? 


The good news is that our life expectancy keeps growing. The 85-and-over population is projected to increase 351% between 2010 and 2050. This means we will have much more time to do all the things we ever wanted to do.

***What things would you like to accomplish in the next 20 years? What things are the most important to you that has already happened?*** 


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14 thoughts on “2018 What? Really by Cher’ley

  1. I am busy trying to get things done week to week so I don’t really have a 20 year plan. I am 7 years into my 5 year plan at the moment, but I am making progress.


  2. Hmmm, 20 years? Write fiction that entertains and uplifts, write nonfiction that helps people solve problems, love a lot, take a lot of bike rides, dine on a lot of incredible food. (I’m reading Ecclesiastes in the New Year, can you tell? It’s all a grasping of the wind, hahaha.)

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  3. Enjoyed the comments so far as much as your blog! I think about my accomplishments planned much more now as at my age, I’m not certain how many more years I have to reach my goals. I need to be one year into a one year plan, but I certainly understand the other concept and am much closer to 5 years into a 1 year plan!


  4. Great post. We have something in common: I remember the same things you do, and I never dreamed I’d be 65, or that being 65 would lead to being 66. For the future, my main desire is to enjoy my time with my dear husband as long as we can. Writing both fiction and nonfiction I can be proud is my specific wish, if I can keep the writing stress under control. You’ve inspired me to list things that have changed over my lifetime, starting with–On extra-cold mornings, my father would “warm up” the car before we started out; I don’t know when cars began running reliably without a couple of minutes of idling.


    1. Kathy, I remember that too. When we lived up North we used remote start. I loved it during cold or hot weather. In FL we don’t need it, nut I imagine over the next 20 years there will be many new things. Thanks for reading. Cher’ley


  5. Kathy, I remember that too. When we lived up North we used remote start. I loved it during cold or hot weather. In FL we don’t need it, nut I imagine over the next 20 years there will be many new things. Thanks for reading. Cher’ley


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