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May God Bless and Keep You Always!

You — my readers, my friends, my family — have been my rock, my sustenance, my touch stone throughout this year.

As a community, we have all been that for each other — and for all of it, I give thanks.


And May Your Year Be Sweet — Filled with Chocolate and Sweet Moments


Who could have imagined one year ago that our PUMA community would materialize out of thin air? Who could have known that we would spend the year in a fight for the Democracy we have known? Who would have foreseen that they would have given so much to this fight, and given up or suspended so much that they took for-granted before — career, friends, family, colleagues and associates — in order to take a stand for something that seemed so obvious? It was the zeitgeist, the spirit of the times, and we could not deny it. Like Hillary, we found our voice, individually, and collectively. And we still are here . . . testifying.

And you? To whom do you give thanks? And . . . who in your life keeps you young?

And how about this: what did You do in 2008 that you could never have imagined a year ago?

And: what do you want to do this year, in any domain, for sake of what really matters to you?

Happy 2009, Everybody!

Please press play — the heart-swells will be worth it . . .

Forever Young

by Bob Dylan

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.


71 Responses

  1. This year, I voted for John McCain. A year ago, if you told me I’d be doing that, I would have bopped you on the head and told you you were crazy!

    All the best to you, LBNYC. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you and reading your posts!

    XO MB

  2. LBNY
    Thank you for your thoughts and your posts.
    I used to work in Penn Station NY and I miss it.
    Please have bagle for me and a slice of real pizza.
    Happy New Year and may we all stay together and laugh and learn and wish each other well thru the coming years.



  3. Thanks MB, and helenk! Likewise to it all! It’s been a pleasure and the bagels are on me.

    Gee — I’d posted just an audio, but saw I couldn’t do that here, so put up a video w/ same version of “forever young.”

  4. LBNY,

    Best to you. Best to NYC , Please go to Alice’s Tea Cup on 73rd/Columbus and have a scone for me.

    (even though we have REAL pizza in Chicago 🙂 )

  5. LB – I’m organizing a PUMA NYC party on 1/10/09. It will probably be for dinner and drinks.

    Are you going to be around?

  6. I want to thank all of you for everything we have been through together this year and all we will be doing through the coming years.

    All the hopes we had a year ago that did not pan out were a spring board for something bigger that we have to do- something much bigger than get one woman elected president. We need to elevate all women to a higher station in all places in our society.

    We are ready we are able – the only question that remains is – are we willing? I am – let’s move forward in 2009 in the true spirit of our foremothers – Let’s show em what we’ve got!

    Happy New Year Ladies!

  7. Thank you afrocity — Same to you! And there’s also an Alice’s Tea Cup on the UES near me, so do you mind it I have it there. I’m still looking for the REAL pizza, and gained 5 lbs in the first year I was here trying to find it! I’ve now joined a kick-ass gym to fulfill on the first part of my NY’s re-up!

  8. BJ — Yes, I absolutely agree — this last year taught us, as MB said in the last post’s comments, we learned what the Dem Party is NOT. Our eyes opened and we’ve only just begun.

  9. this year i successfully won a suit over my jerk brother over our mom’s pitiful estate (boy, i’d love to have seen his face when the “girl” hired the lawyer that successfully challenged him in his theft, i didn’t vote for another mediocre dem candidate, i became educated in how the dem party “can” dishonestly work i give thanks to my wonderful mother-in-law, my late mom, my hubby and all of the intelligent writing that takes place here. i am most thankful that i found you pumas (and became one) in June after months of disbelief in our voting system. and, finally, my new year’s resolutions are to take more naps and have more fun. Happy New Years to you all!

  10. Yes, LB there is a Alice’s on the UES!!! I have never been to that one. Everyone likes the pumpkin scones but I love the mixed berry and the savory ones like sun dried tomato and Parmesan rosemary cheese.

  11. MB — Sounds great! I’m in if it’s a cheap night, b/c as we all know, I’m a cheap date — well, that is if you don’t count the clothes I bought to get there! Just kiddin’, not a big drinker, but dammit, I’m still a princess even on a budget! 🙂 I can’t wait! I wonder if Lombardi’s or a similar great pizza place has a banquet room? I’m sure you have something fab in mind. xo

  12. I want to wish everyone here a prosperous, safe and happy New Year.
    My sincere thanks to all of the great people here that welcomed me when it seemed I no longer belonged. I will always be grateful for the friendship that was offered here at this great site.

    Keep up the great work. In me you will always have a loyal reader.

    Happy New Year to you all!

  13. Mmmm, afrocity, you’re making me want to get a snack right now.

    Scruz, Right On!

  14. OOh, have it at LUPA or Babbo’s

  15. LB – I am open to suggestions! I do have a couple of ideas of course, but I’ll probably offer people a choice of two or three different spots. Send me an email with your ideas if you want…

    BettyJean – All the best to you and your family…best thoughts and prayers to you!

    Gotta go now – have a great evening, all!

  16. maybe i will come

  17. RedDragon62 — Yes, that safe community space here is what attracted me as well. I’m glad you found it welcoming, especially since it was often so difficult to believe our eyes and ears individually. We’d see travesty, yet so much of the world, MSM, and our former heroes were saying just the opposite.

  18. Afrocity @4:37p
    I have had chicago pizza and it is very good. When I travel back east there is usually a layover in Chicago and I go outside the station to a local pizza palor and get some.
    I left a post for you down stairs.



  19. Babbos costs 5 million dollars

  20. I believe in new beginnings. I believe in the human spirit. I believe everything responds to love. And I believe in Karma.

    In 19 days the man none of us wanted will take office. His victory made me afraid but now I realize I was afraid for all the wrong reasons. His weak spirit, his lack of honesty and conviction frighten me more than his radical ideology. In fact, I don’t believe he has an ideology; just an insatiable need for self aggrandizement. Like J.D. Rockefeller, he will not actually break laws but he will cause new ones to be written. He will not make my America disappear. We will survive whatever mess he makes and come back stronger. Meanwhile, NobamaNetwork will be here watching and waiting for 2012. Happy New Year!

  21. This PUMA loves Babbos and LUPA

    Also Blue Ribbon Sushi on Thompson
    Good on Greenwich Ave.

    EN brassiere on Hudson

    Ino is good for a romantic date, great wine list, and bruschetta

    21 Bedford St
    New York, NY 10014
    (212) 989-5769

  22. Afrocity u eva read cooking for mr latte? You might like it

  23. Seriously, Is that a cookbook for metrosexuals?

  24. Thanks, afrocity — I’ll look em up.

    Nobama network — I’m with you on the resilience of the human spirit and that people can change — if and when they really want to. I’m watching what is to come like a mama hawk.

  25. We could have it at Nobu Next Door, that is a bit cheaper than Nobu.

  26. It’s a food critic talking about restaurAnts and her bf in ny with recipes, pretty fun. My battery Is about to die LOL

  27. hello al gave up on cleaning guess this will be a cluttered now year for me slept to a napp gonna do laundry and eat soon loved the post lady boomer….I wish I was in new york but it looks like my PUMA vote is also need in the deep south too.

  28. I love dining out. When I was dating I frequented the Meat Packing district and GV restaurants.

    Hmmm truffle infused foie gras.

  29. Did you guys hear that Eartha Kitt died on Christmas day? She sang Santa Baby.

  30. thanks fuzzy — sounds like you had a perfect new year’s day. a little cleaning’s pretty good, better n nuthin’ —

  31. When I was growing up my dad made pizza that was good…crust was thin and crispy as a matzo and thick tomato sause that did not run and mounds of cheeze that to me was pizza…wish dad was still here to make it I can only find thick bready crusted pizza nowadays…

    I have nothing against bread trust me my dad also backed bread to mads the best “PBJs” and the smell of baking bread filled the house for days..he always made his loaf on sunday…..

  32. Your dad sounds like a great man Fuzzy.

    I miss my mommy. She made good food too.

  33. Yes. Eartha KItt: RIP, rrrrrr-owwwwww, baby! What a powerhouse she was. She claimed her space.

  34. Eartha Kitt died….on Christmas…

    she also sang gay anthem: I want a man

    see what spending time with friends and family can do I loved Eartha Kitt….

    She was the best and only Kat Woman in my book….sorry julie newmar


  35. when I grow up I want to marry a billionaire
    with a big big big big big yatch
    who will take me to
    Monte Carlo
    San Tropie
    and eventually Tiffanies….

    I can here her growl every word

    She spoke something like 12-15 languages including Tagolauge-(official language of the Phillipines)
    She had a song in that languge phonetically spelled Va-Rye Va-rye…..

  36. well off to eat and laundry

  37. Okay, I will eat too. I am watching the Rocky Marathon on AMC.

  38. i didn’t know that about eartha speaking so many languages. she lived a full life.

    see ya later, kids.

  39. Like Hillary, we found our voice, individually, and collectively. And we still are here . . . testifying.

    Love that line Lady Boomer. Testify! We are witnesses to the madness, and that’s why they are so angry with us. We dare to tell the truth as we see it, and not cave to consensus reality.

    2008 was tough for me. I made a lot of changes in my life, letting go of unhealthy relationships. One of them was romantic–with someone I thought would always be in my life. Another was business, which was equally dysfunctional. It took me a long time to separate. I got swallowed up by the political race at the same time, and we all know where that led. Now, I’m in a strange limbo, but I know the choices I made were true, so I trust that in time, new directions and people will appear. At least, I am working on trust.

    I have a loving immediate family, several very close old friends, and a safe, beautiful place to live. For all of those things I am grateful. I am also grateful that for whatever reason, there are those of us who stood strong, in the face of enormous pressure, for what we believe in.

  40. So many marathons! With this cold, I’ve been tucked in and have enjoyed a few of each: Twilight Zone, I Love Lucy & Brady Bunch.

  41. Eartha Kitt had one of the most sexy voices I ever heard. I have one of her albums and enjoy listening.

    Due to some dumb programer they are not showing the Phila Mummers Parade here in California today.
    A marathon of the honeymooners instead. The honeymooners was funny but I WANT THE MUMMERS.



  42. I don’t know if anyone else has my taste, but I was watching a Looney Tunes marathon on the cartoon channel. It’s hard to find Bugs Bunny cartoons anymore. I love them!

  43. Thank you, fif.

    It’s as if everything we’d known until “now” was turned on its head. I understand about the old relationships. Personally, my eyes were opened in so many ways this year to past abuses that I couldn’t quite put my finger on heretofore. I can no longer expect that others will change or even change the way they treat me, and have extricated myself for sake of my own dignity. At least for now.

    Lucky you are to have all those good things you speak of, and that you appreciate them. May your spunky voice continue. I think that working on trust is one of the best things we can do.

  44. BB! LOL! I haven’t gone there, but earlier this week was consumed with the History Channel’s WWII and Russia series. It was riveting. It got me away, finally, from months of Law and Order consumption — at least for a bit.

  45. Happy New Year to all Confluencians! This is a wonderful place.

  46. Happy New Year, PUMAinSeattle! Speaking of it’s a Wonderful “place,” Frank Capra’s “It Happened One Night” w/ Gable and Colbert just started on TCM.

  47. Bostonboomer — you’ve got mail.

  48. Happy new Year SOD!

  49. Happy New Year everyone, and may we stayyyyyy foooorevvveerrr youuuunnnng. I love Bob Dylan. He’s the soundtrack of my youth. Thank you, LB!

  50. Afrocity,

    We have real pizza in Boston too. We have two kinds: Italian, thin crust pizza, and Greek thick crust pizza.

  51. BB,

    You know I lived in Boston and I must admot I never got Pizza there from any place but Dominos. That is too bad that I did not know where to go.

  52. You’re welcome, BB! Here’s to our second youth, with the benefit of wisdom. (glass of Moet raised)

  53. Afrocity,

    That’s too bad. There are some really good pizza places here. Just the little surburban town I live in probably has about 20 pretty good places. It’s kind of funny how the Greeks got in on the pizza making around here. I like their pizza too. It has a thicker crust than the typical Italian pizza.

  54. Of course, Chicago has it’s own special style.

  55. Chicago pizza is special.

    Our governors like it and request it from prison all the time.

  56. LOL!!

  57. “And you? To whom do you give thanks? And . . . who in your life keeps you young?”

    The obvious answer for me is my children and my family. I can easily add that The Confluence kept me going through some rough moments this year – finding like-minded people when I was pissed off about Hillary was great.

    “And how about this: what did You do in 2008 that you could never have imagined a year ago?”

    Donating as much money I did to excellent causes, most of them Hillary or PUMA related.

    “And: what do you want to do this year, in any domain, for sake of what really matters to you?”

    Good question. I want to help more with Heidi’s 51%. My eyes are open, looking for candidates at any level who think and act like Hillary.

  58. Spammy got me – could some lovely person pull me out? All I was doing was answering the questions.

  59. scrubs — looks like you got out of Spammy’s grasp.

    Thank you for sharing your answers. I get an overall hopeful mood from them, which is a great way to begin the year.

  60. Madamab – If there are PUMAs coming in from NJ perhaps we can car pool -I’m still trying to restructure

  61. What in life keeps me young? I have had a virtual rebirth of energy because of Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the events (and emotions) surrounding the primaries. Sharing this exciting and frustrating period with my daughter has been fabulous. My latent discovery of blogs/blogging, my lurking as you talk with each other, my joy and dismay at the opinions expressed have all brought me back to life–though they couldn’t stop the Spiritof76 from becoming the Spiritof77!
    For my first acts in 2009 I will give my final contribution to the Retire the Debt Fund, and write a letter, a real letter, to friends and relatives explaining “Why I could not vote for Sen. Obama in the presidential election.” I plan to mail it on the 20th of Jan.
    Thanks to all you younger and wiser women for being there.

  62. Spiritof76 — Good one — on writing that letter to friends and relatives to mail on 1/20/09! It will be interesting to see what kind of replies you receive and/or if they “change” in a year or so. . . .

  63. Spiritof76, on January 1st, 2009 at 8:19 pm Said:

    I have no idea what your chronological age is, but young or old, you and your ideas rock.

  64. Heidi Li,
    Will you help with Louisa’s Law?

  65. freemenow, on January 1st, 2009 at 9:39 pm Said:
    To the extent I can. I hate to overpromise, and I have – the usual excuse here – a ton of my plate at the moment, especially with the start of a new term. I will certainly pay attention to its development and when and where appropriate I will draw people’s attention to it. Has it been drafted? Does it have a legislative sponsor?

  66. If you had told me a year ago that I would have voted republican in this election, I would have made an obscene gesture. How times have changed and how good it is to be in the company of people who have stood up and dared to be called PUMAs!!

  67. The feeling is mutual, Bridgeport! I think we are all a little surprised about what we were capable of this year.

  68. Heidi Li-
    Louisa’s law – It has not been drafted – I am unsure what it will look like but I may have a sponsor in Sen Lautenburg in NJ? Not sure but it is a posible.
    I am really looking for someone to point me in the right direction as to what we need to draft- with two daughters near death – I hardly have the time to research this- that is my need- any ideas?

  69. Spiritof76 — you go girl! Heidili, LB, you are right, she rocks!

    tpfka nycblue…aka daughter of spiritof76

  70. tpfka nycblue — what a wonderful tribute to your mom, and tribute you are to her!

  71. Ladyboomer: You summed up everything so many of us feel so perfectly. Especially this observation:

    “Who would have foreseen that they would have given so much to this fight, and given up or suspended so much that they took for-granted before — career, friends, family, colleagues and associates — in order to take a stand for something that seemed so obvious?”

    Ha! Really, who would have thought it?? For me personally, Denver brought it all together – finally seeing all those faces of all those bloggers I’d read or been in touch with (you & RD included!).

    Thanks for this succint and wonderful post!

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