This was how the new year began for me during my week-long stay at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island.

And 2009 is looking good so far.

I’m enjoying my new website.

I’m enjoying the hard, all-consuming work of writing Cal-raven’s Ladder.

I’m looking forward to catching up on so many celebrated films of 2008, and seeing what 2009 has to offer.

I’m looking forward to new music by U2, Buddy and Julie Miller, The Decemberists, and many more of my favorites. (Over the Rhine told their fans that they’ve got a bunch of new material already, so… here’s hoping!)

What are you looking forward to in 2009?

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