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To all our friends

I’d like to thank the following people for the wonderful year that has been 2008:

WordPress.  Without you, we wouldn’t be here.  You gave us shelter from a storm.  You value a freedom of expression and have made this a very user friendly place to be.  Without you, we might have been forced to go to Google blogger and risked being silenced when our voices were needed most.

To the former Kossacks who followed me into exile, thank you so much for having courage.  I know it can’t have been easy to go against the tide of public opinion.  You listened to your inner voice, the one that was grounded in your principles.  Without you, there would be no Confluence community.

To the cross posters and bloggers who created wonderful, interesting content every single day, thank you so much.  You are like the tributaries to this confluence.  Each voice is unique and brings a different perspective, expertise and passion to these pages.  Without you, the flood of mighty waters would be a mere trickle.

To the commenters who make each day a joy.  You add so much to the conversation.  Even the ones where we disagree are a lot of fun (trolls, don’t get your hopes up).  Without you, there would be no burbling in our stream.

To all of our friends at other blogs, thank you for opening our eyes and keeping us from being an echo chamber.  Without you, we wouldn’t know about “linky goodness” or the battle between Trumanites and Stevensonians.

To my BFF who has shown so much patience this year.  You made it Ok for me to ignore you when it wasn’t really Ok.  But you also gave me the space to figure out where this community was going.  Without your support, none of this would be possible.  (I know you consider that a mixed blessing but there is no doubt in my mind that I am the one blessed.)

To Hillary Clinton, thank you so much for showing us how to persevere under pressure with intelligence and grace.  We hear the dogs barking and we are going to keep going.  Without you, we would not have seen that it is possible to triumph in the most difficult environment possible.  Now we know that all things are possible.  We will pick up the ball and carry it as far down the field as we can.  This task is appointed to us now.

Happy New Year to all!  May the creator bring you a prosperous and happy new year.

Together, we go forward.

Never look back.

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29 Responses

  1. Happy New Year riverdaughter. thank you for providing an oasis so that I don’t feel like Alice through the looking glass.

  2. Never look back…only forward to 2009. It wasn’t how I was expecting the year to play out, but I am happy to have found this fantastic site. I have learned so much from everyone here…thank you!

  3. Hillary and Bill are dropping the ball in Times Square!!!

  4. Go, bbs, go!

  5. Bless you RD. You’ve given us all a home. Happy happy 2009!

  6. Hill & Bill!!!

  7. They showed Hill & Bill hugging…sniff…

    Goodbye 2008–R.I.P.

  8. We survived. Aw, they’re dancing.

  9. RD and confluencians and PUMAS, have a great 2009! Fight the good fight. This site has made me realize that I am not alone in what I consider wrongs and injustices in our society. As Hillary said, keep going! Because the mere thought of you guys is enough to keep me going.

  10. Happy New Year to all from a very occasional commenter. Thanks to all for being here this last year.

  11. To Hillary Clinton, thank you so much for showing us how to perservere under pressure with intelligence and grace. We hear the dogs barking and we are going to keep going. Without you, we would not have seen that it is possible to triumph in the most difficult environment possible.

    you know, it’s interesting that you said that that way. if Hillary had won, as she should have, it would have been great for the country and the world, but I wonder if she would have been seen as the exception among women, or the token, and if in a weird way it would have been not so good for women in general. her hanging in there against incredible odds may have actually been a really good example for girls. let’s see how the SOS gig goes.

    in all fairness, I fear the same thing, but in a different way for AAs because of Obama. I hate for him to have to represent his race as much as I hate for Hillary to have to represent her gender. it’s different because I feel like she’d do us women proud but I don’t think it’s fair for AAs to be judged by Obama. will this country ever just judge people on their own merits and by the content of their character? all this stereotyping gets old.

    happy new year RD. thanks for all you do.

  12. So happy to start the new year at The Confluence. You’ve all helped me make sense (where possible) of the jarring year past.

    RD, a special thanks for what you’ve created. Best wishes for a year full of many rewards.

  13. I love you guys!

  14. HAPPY NEW YEAR PUMAS
    I don’t know if I would have made it without you all !!!
    You all shine so brightly in my eyes !!!

    and watching Bill and Hill dance to bring the year in gave my heart ease …Wishing you RD, and everyone here the very best of the best this coming year !

  15. Happy New Year 2009 to all Conflucians, PUMAs, pro-Hillary, pro-Sarah, pro-Liberty, pro-Constitution Americans,

    From Amazonia 🙂

  16. Happy New Year Everyone! As usually I was saying it down on the dead thread. I love you guys!!

  17. Happy New Year Everybody
    Thank you Riverdaughter for providing this forum.

  18. “To Hillary Clinton, thank you so much for showing us how to perservere under pressure with intelligence and grace. We hear the dogs barking and we are going to keep going. Without you, we would not have seen that it is possible to triumph in the most difficult environment possible. Now we know that all things are possible. We will pick up the ball and carry it as far down the field as we can. This task is appointed to us now.

    Happy New Year to all! May the creator bring you a prosperous and happy new year.”

    RD.

    You are the girls I knew in high school.
    We are the gen under Hillary.
    And look at who we are.
    Bless you, and the males here, and the gay people.
    WE KNOW OUR GEN.

    We do.
    WE LOVE OUR GEN.

    hugs to all of you, bless us one and all.

    ONE AND ALL.

    It;s 55 minutes after midnight out here.

    the biggest hugs to you, and RD for her courage as a leader.

    Together, we go forward.

  19. RD: Seriously, you need to know how much I value your presence. You are a saint and I love you. When can I meet your BFF?

    Happy New Year.

  20. Happy 2009! Difficult times are necessary for change. 2008 may have brought disappointments, but it also gave us new friends. I toast for a great year at the Confluence.

  21. Thank YOU Riverdaughter.

  22. Happy New Year

    Confluence – Congratulations on your nomination.

    See that – the year is starting out good.

    Now, cast your votes everyone, beginning on the 5th.

    Delle

  23. Happy New Year. Reading the comments, I recognized so many names from other blogs that I frequented early on in the primary season. It appears we are still listening to our inner voices and haven’t given up. That is the best New Year’s present ever. Thanks to RD and all of the writers for letting our voices be heard.

  24. Thank you for this site. I cannot tell you how much it means to me.

  25. RD -thanks for creating this site – I had never been on a blog and frankly didn’t even know what it was until I found this site – you kept me aware and sane throughout this nightmare of a year. We came though this non-sensical election(?) and my family made it through some very trying health issues this year as well – the Confluence was to some degree a divergence for me – to reduce the stress of our son’s serious surgeries.
    You know that when the middle class rises up then REAL change can and will take place. This year pushed the middle class and I believe that 2009 will push us even harder to the place we need to be to make necessary change happen.
    What you’ve done here is significant – it is focused on truth, keeping us clear and honest – you’ve attracted some of the brightest people who are willing to share their wisdom with humor, charm and in ways that all of us can grasp some pretty complex notions – no small task, but you did it. Be proud girl!
    I for one love the Confluence and look forward to continued learning from this great site.
    Happy New Year, RD! 🙂

  26. Happy New Year to all. Thank you for a safe, somewhat sane place to come to in a difficult year. I am deeply grateful for you.

  27. Happy New Year, Riverdaughter! I wasn’t online last night to count down with all of you but I am forever grateful to you and the other wonderful writers on this blog!

  28. To Hillary Clinton, thank you so much for showing us how to perservere under pressure with intelligence and grace. We hear the dogs barking and we are going to keep going. Without you, we would not have seen that it is possible to triumph in the most difficult environment possible. Now we know that all things are possible. We will pick up the ball and carry it as far down the field as we can. This task is appointed to us now.

    Also without you running I would have still be in that state of blind faith in the Left. I now know how much of my time wasted listening and reading to those hypocrites, lying and self-serving idiots. Your running opened my eyes for ever. I have my tin hat all the time now.

  29. We hear the dogs barking and we are going to keep going. Without you, we would not have seen that it is possible to triumph in the most difficult environment possible.

    *Tears*

    Honestly, I don’t know how some of you keep going but I will keep reading.

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