I would also like to give a couple of very special shout-outs:
To Marc Stutzel, the CFR’s director of technology, who is no less than the strength and backbone of this website and without whom it would not exist. Marc, thank you for everything you do. I treasure you.
To the CFR’s contributors and columnists, including: Americans for the Arts (for Arts Advocacy Update), Matt Shorr and C.M. Tomlin (for Brown Tweed), Elizabeth Burke (for Burke’s Law), Mark Costello (for Gaywright Manifesto), Thomas Garvey (for Hub Hubbub), Beck Feibelman (for The Lorgnette), Roger Armbrust (for Peculiar Progressive), Susan Kathryn Hefti (for The Preservation Diaries) and Stefanie Schappert (for Lipstick Conservative). You have enlivened and enriched this blog with your words, ideas and yes, even your criticisms.
I owe all of you, all of you, a deep debt of gratitude.
I would also like to thank my friends and acquaintances for their love and support and, yes, even your criticisms, too, this year. You each mean more to me than words can ever say. You know who you are.
As you may also know, it was an up and down year for me personally. I don’t think I ever took personal health lightly, but my father’s illness and recovery this summer reminded me that life is precious and love is eternal. My parents mean the world to me. And they’re sitting in warm temperatures right now while the rest of us are freezing our asses off. :-)
This year, this decade, would never, ever, ever have been remotely as fulfilling, as complete or as joyous without Ken, my partner in life and love. In good times and bum times, as the lyric goes, he was still there. As, hopefully, I was for him.
Ken, my heart is forever yours.