The year 2009 was a difficult year for my community, my friends, my family, and for me. Do we have boundless blessings that are not afforded to many others in the world? yes, of course...could things have been worse? always..... Everything is relative, right? From our perspective, things were really tough this year. I sincerely hope, for all our sakes, that the coming year is calmer, healthier, more peaceful, more optimistic, and filled with a modicum of hope for the future. Happy New Year Everyone!