I'm going to start off the New Year on an upbeat note and reminisce about some of the things I liked best about 2008. In no particular order, I appreciated:
The historic election of Barack Obama.
Rachel Maddow's success.
My discovery of chocolate-covered oreo-thingies from Trader Joe's.
Free speech, diverse opinions, and the fact that anti-gay, anti-feminist, and extremely conservative websites, blogs, and news sources are a constant source of blog fodder.
That the above-mentioned free speech enables us to better understand our opposition and has the potential to let us interact with our ideological opponents in more meaningful, useful ways.
The always-entertaining parodist Jon Swift's roundup of (the self-nominated) Best Blog Posts of 2008 from around the blogosphere.
That my post Above the Hate: Below the Propaganda was included. If you don't rememember, this post was about the National Organization for Marriage's misleading ad campaign against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Or, as Mr. Swift says, it's about "the terrible discrimination Christians face from powerful, intolerant gays in the wake of the Proposition 8 battle." Anyway, check out the list for gems of good reading.
Grace the Spot being nominated for Best New Blog of 2008!
A new athletic endeavour that is immensely rewarding, fulfilling, and challenging.
Hammerpants and our spoiled snaggle-toothed dogs.
Seeing the silver lining in the passage of anti-gay propostions in the 2008 election. That is, that the LGBT rights movement has been re-vitalized and a new web-fueled movement is becoming increasingly relevant.
This quote: "The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new."
Happy New Year everyone.