Enjoying the New Year

07LIBERIA3-jumboInspired by this list of “15 Best Journals By New York Times Reporters Around the World” — what a fabulous list of incredible stories to enjoy the new year by; some poignant and some thought-provoking, all inciting gratitude.

This year, we learned about a surfing club in Sierra Leone that helped people cope with Ebola; a trash pile in Beirut that united residents in disgust; an Italian town that unearthed centuries of history in a quest to fix a toilet; ostentatious “love motels” in Brazil; a storied bookstore in Islamabad; and a 14th-century castle in New Delhi where supernatural beings are thought to grant wishes.”