From "drought" to "gap" to "Madiba" to "affluenza": a year of powerful voices and mixed messages.
Mandela was greeted by a standing ovation. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus erupted in cheers to welcome this great freedom fighter.
In the spirit of Nelson Mandela, President Obama stopped and shook the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro at the memorial to Mandela in South Africa.
With the death of Nelson Mandela, an era has come to an end.
With the news that Mandela's breath finally failed him-his lungs were savaged by the tuberculosis he acquired during his 27 years of imprisonment in South Africa-two memories came to mind.
Sooner or later the news will break that Nelson Mandela has died, and the frenzy whipped up by the media about 'what will happen next' will resume.
"Conversations with Myself" provides the clearest glimpse yet into the mind of a man who is by nature private and reserved.