Putting a bow on a few end-of-year items

Children and adults from The Growing Place serenade the building that houses The Chronicle, Creswell Wellness Clinic, The Round Up Saloon and the soon-to-open Pazzo restaurant. Erin Tierney/The Chronicle

Wow, it's already my penultimate column of 2019.
OK, I'll admit there is no other purpose to writing that first sentence other than to use the word ”penultimate.” It's one of those journalism-ese words we use instead of saying ”next to last.”
Next week will be the final installment of ”Fifty first names only . . .