The Year in Review: 2014

Welcome to our 2014 Year in Review!

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This year brought new challenges and opportunities for everyone in the family. Eric and Rachel taught Intro to Journalism together at Binghamton University for the first time, sharing their love of the profession with undergrads and getting a new perspective on the campus where they both continue to work in public relations. (Curious about our work? Check out the magazine Eric edits with his seminar students and the research news site that Rachel edits.) The kids also tried new things: Charlotte took after-school karate classes and Sophie has taken up the trumpet!

Rachel, now president of the University Research Magazine Association, traveled to Oregon and Baltimore for conferences this year. She took a few day trips to New York City, too, introducing Charlotte to the American Museum of Natural History and going to a couple of musicals with friends. In 2014, Rachel returned to good reading form, topping 50 books for the first time since the kids were born. She also bought a bicycle and has started riding with Sophie. Rachel’s still involved with Temple Concord in Binghamton, too.

Eric planned an amazing family trip to Quebec, with interesting stops at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont and the Granby Zoo. He and Rachel were lucky enough to return to Montreal in the fall for a quick anniversary trip, complete with French pastry and a boat cruise. Eric interviewed Boz Scaggs, Jena Irene (the American Idol runner-up), Yes lead singer Jon Davison and Joey Molland, a former member of Badfinger (who should be in the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame).

Sophie, now in fifth grade, has joined Instagram and plays violin with the school orchestra. She’s into swimming, arts and crafts, reading and riding her awesome new bicycle. She says she’d like to be a meteorologist or a writer.

Charlotte, an expert in My Little Pony, loves superheroes and Star Wars. She dressed as a Padawan (Jedi student) for Halloween. Now in second grade, she lists her career plans as ornithologist, zookeeper or “someone who works at Panera.”

We hope 2014 has been a good year for you, too, and that 2015 brings you new adventures and experiences! Keep in touch!

— Eric, Rachel, Sophie and Charlotte

14 for 2014: Eric’s favorite albums of the 2000s
  1. Barenaked Ladies: Maroon (2000)
  2. Elton John: Songs from the West Coast (2001)
  3. Keane: Hopes and Fears (2004)
  4. Bee Gees: This is Where I Came In (2001)
  5. Bruce Springsteen: Magic (2007)
  6. Fountains of Wayne: Welcome Instate Managers (2003)
  7. Dunwells: Blind Sighted Faith (2012)
  8. Ben Folds: Rockin the Suburbs (2001)
  9. The Thorns: The Thorns (2003)
  10. John Wesley Harding: The Sound of His Own Voice (2011)
  11. Gaslight Anthem: American Slang (2010)
  12. Semisonic: All About Chemistry (2001)
  13. Josh Ritter: The Historical Consequences of Josh Ritter (2007)
  14. The Click Five: Greetings from Imrie House (2005)

Rachel’s 14 favorite songs of 2014 (in no particular order):


Eight singles Eric liked in 2014:

  1. Matt Nathanson: Headphones
  2. Take That: These Days
  3. Bleachers: Rollercoaster
  4. Old Crow Medicine Show: Sweet Amarillo
  5. Olly Murs: Wrapped Up
  6. St. Paul and the Broken Bones: Call Me
  7. Jamie Scott: Unbreakable
  8. Rixton: Me and My Broken Heart

A half-dozen great books Rachel read this year:

  1. Molokai’i by Alan Brennert
  2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  4. This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
  5. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  6. Love & Treasure by Ayelet Waldman
Eight albums Eric liked in 2014:
  1. Robin Gibb: 50 St. Catherine’s Drive
  2. Train: Bulletproof Picasso
  3. Ryan Adams: Ryan Adams
  4. Future Islands: Singles
  5. U2: Songs of Innocence
  6. Bruce Springsteen: High Hopes
  7. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Hypnotic Eye
  8. Ray LaMontagne: Supernova

Sophie’s favorite songs of 2014 (click to see the videos):

  1. Selena Gomez: The Heart Wants What It Wants
  2. Hozier: Take Me To Church
  3. Ed Sheeran: Don’t
  4. Maroon 5: Animals

Three cool comeback singles Eric enjoyed:

  1. Spandau Ballet: This is the Love
  2. Billy Idol: Can’t Break Me Down
  3. Chicago: Now