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A New Years Message


A friend of mine, Felix Lopez, sent me this. I was so taken by it I wanted to share it.

Happy New Year.

I hope it's a year full of integrity and courage on all our parts. I hope we can resist the temptation to be reactively indignant at all the unfairness and injustice in the world. I hope we can resist cynicism, which corrodes the heart. I hope we can forgive ourselves for not knowing better or being better. We can only try or keep trying. I hope--as Faulkner said of writers--that we can help one another to lift he heart and endure. It's not only what writers do, it's what friends do.

With much affection,


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