The year slips quickly away. Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve, and then it’s 2009, an auspicious year for many reasons.

It’s the year Barack Obama takes over as President of the United States and George W. Bush slinks out the back door with a shit-eating grin, having failed at yet another endeavor. It’s the year America starts cleaning up George’s mess, but it’s going to take a long time. A whole string of years.

And 2009 is a year of unknowns. Yes, all new years are like that. We don’t know what the future holds. But we know that the world’s economy is in recession, that the world’s oil supplies are running out, and that global warming is causing dangerous climate change. 2009 ushers in, I believe, a lot of drastic, shocking change. We’ll have to learn to be patient with each other.

Perhaps we’ll learn how to get to know our neighbors, and be better friends, and reach out to help others less fortunate than ourselves. Because we’ll all be facing the same problems, and we’re going to need each other for help and comfort.

As far as I’m concerned, 2009 can’t come fast enough.


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