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Saturday, December 31, 2005


Friends, bloggers, other visitors

A New Year beginning, on to 2006

There Is Always Hope

"Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past."
T.S. Eliot, Burnt Norton, Four Quartets,1

A very wet New Year's eve for us in the San Francisco Bay area. As the saying goes,it is raining cats and dogs. Reports of flooding and mudslides up north in Napa and Sonoma counties. The south is not dry either. Read that rain could fall at Pasadena during the Rose Bowl parade for the first time in 51 years.

To all visitors to this site--regulars, occasional, and accidental--good health. I no longer make New Year's resolutions but many people do. I wish them success. While globally there has not been much to rejoice about, individually many of you have had joyful experiences. Births, marriages, new friendships, travels, career achievements. Small things matter. I hope that those who needed support found it.

Back in September 2004 when I hesitantly took my first step in the blogosphere I had no clue about where the venture would take me. Began writing about the '04 presidential race and segued on to post-election events. Nowadays I meander all over the map but the main thrust is about conservatives, their policies and practices. It has been a rewarding experience. Not financially--my blog does not carry ads. Neither does it have a vast readership. Rewarding, nevertheless, because it has brought me in touch with people who are kindred spirits. They are from places far and near---USA, UK and Canada, Iraq and India, Singapore, France and Pakistan. I am not likely to meet them in person but feel as though I know them. I find pleasure in what they say, in the photographs they publish, their e-mail messages, and comments.

David Broder wrote in the Post about his '05 hits and misses. His praise for the president's response to Katrina was a doozy. But he should take heart. The job of writing a column under pressure of deadline comes with such hazards--it is the nature of the beast. We bloggers have an easier task because we have the advantage of reading others such as Mr. Broder and recycling their comments. As to columnists and bloggers who support Bush, I must admit that I pay no attention to them. Don't read them; don't listen to them. They will survive without me as I shall survive without them.

Thanks for using/crediting my photo. Happy New Year!
-faisal (friskyPics.com)
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