I open my new (secondhand) yoga book by Judith Lasater and read "Living well is not about being calm; it is about being present." This has not been a calm year but I have been present for the graduations of two children, my husband's third knee replacement on the same side in six years, trips to London and Costa Rica and of course, the election. I guess there is a reason that I have felt distracted and unsettled. There have been months when all I have been able to write is my short garden column for The Berkeley Times. Transitions take energy, even if they turn out well, even more if they are as unpredictable as our new president. Oddly, I felt some relief, as soon as the storm broke in November. Now we know, we can move forward, since that's the only direction available. Happy New Year.