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Better things

I thought this was the perfect song to welcome in the New Year. The Kinks:

Cigarettes and chocolate milk


Mr. Blue Sky


Unemployment as policy

Economist Alan Budd, who served as an adviser to the Thatcher administration:

That’s just what you are

Aimee Mann:

Occupy Wall Street

While cops were busy tonight at Times Square, Occupy protesters ripped down the barricades and retook Zucotti Park:

Watch live streaming video from occupyboston at livestream.com

Ding dong, ding dong

George Harrison:

Stars on 45

Everybody dance now!

Happy new year!

Despite recent setbacks, I’m so much better off than I was this time last year, I think. I have good friends and interesting things to do, so it’s not my personal life that makes me so happy to see 2011 go. I’ve been working hard to get mentally and physically healthy and making real progress. I’ve really gotten into forgiveness lately, too. It helps.

And this year, we also had thrill of watching the Occupy Movement begin and grow, offering us the first real hope in a long time. Inspiring!

With so many people everywhere who are out of work and hanging by a thread, it’s hard to feel really good for long. The planet seems to be angry at how much abuse we’ve heaped on it, while people in power ignore all the the signs. It’s so damned frustrating.

But we do still have each other. We gather in this place every day to read and converse with each other, and maybe we all feel less lonely and scared as a result. I hope so.

Anyway, I’m grateful for everyone’s support. Quite literally, I wouldn’t have made it this far without the help of my readers. (What always stands out is how – back in 2003, I think, when I had pneumonia, no health insurance and no sick days, you guys paid my bills and bought my food for that month so I could stay in bed for two weeks until I got better. Until then, I didn’t know I could be quite that sick and scared.)

So for all your help, emotional and otherwise, thank you for seeing me through another year. Here’s hoping for many more!

‘The Apartment’

The best-ever New Year’s Eve movie ever is a fairly grim comedy, but Billy Wilder, the brilliant director/writer, knew exactly when to lighten it up. More here.

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