Welcome to 2009! Lots of people are in the process of doing a lot of retrospectives of 2008, so I’ll do a (brief) retrospective myself: It’s been a good year. I’ve been more physically fit, I’ve been more social and proactive in my writing, I’ve maintained a good job, I’ve got a new car, and more. Most importantly, I have a wonderful wife and a wonderful family.

People are already blathering on about how bad 2008 was, and in some respects it wasn’t so great a year. So what. As we move into 2009, now is the time to focus on what we have and how blessed we are.

I sincerely wish all of you a wonderful 2009. I don’t care if you’re liberal or conservative; Republican or Democrat; Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, or something else; American, European, African, Asian, Middle-Eastern; etc.

Happy New Year. I hope God blesses you and protects you through this coming year.