A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.
--Edgar A. Guest
For a heartwarming read to help you start 2009 in a positive frame of mind, follow this link to Project Gutenberg's text file of the long essay, "Making the House a Home," written by Edgar A. Guest in 1922. (Pour yourself a fresh cup of coffee or make some tea and get comfortable in your chair--you're going to enjoy this.)