It's the end of 2010, everyone. Looking back, I'm reminded of Charles Dickens' opening paragraph from A Tale of Two Cities:
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way . . .
Dickens wrote these lines around 1859, but the sentiment still feels applicable to our world today. While we know that each year brings some bad with the good, let's nonetheless look ahead optimistically to 2011, to a new year in which the proportions are weighted more heavily to the good.
To 2011: May this New Year bring you more wisdom, light, hope, good times and, of course, great books. Happy New Year!