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A Small Victory Christmas Address 2002

Join me for a holiday fireside chat.

Christmas is here, and whether or not you celebrate the holiday, it is still a time of year to bring warmth and love to others. It is also at this point in the year that I ask forgiveness from those I have hurt and, conversely, to forgive those who have done harm to me, as well as thank those who have been gracious and kind to me.

I made a vow sometime in mid-year to spend less time on the computer at night and more time with my family. I think those of you with blogs know how easy it is to sit down to just read a few sites on your link list and maybe make one post, and before you know it, three hours have gone by. I do most of my posting from work now, even writing a few posts ahead of time to upload at night. One of the things that had to go was my time spent on AIM, as it sucked up my whole evening. Unfortunately, that is where I engaged in conversations with some very good friends and thus, our friendships sort of tapered off when my AIM time disappeared. I also became a bit slack at returning email and my friendships have suffered for it.

For those of you this applies to you, and you know who you are, I am sorry. If I follow through with my New Yearís resolution to manage my time better, perhaps we can pick up where we left off.

On the other hand, I lost some friends, one in particular, over this weblog and the politics I engage in here. I am not going to apologize for my opinions and I am very sorry you felt it reflected poorly on you to remain friends with me. I wish you well in the coming year. I harbor no bad feelings, just a bit of sadness.

As some people abandoned me, many others embraced me and welcomed me into their fold. This weblog, and the people that are involved in it, whether through reading, commenting or linking to me, has become somewhat of a little community to me; a very warm, welcoming, supportive community and I am proud to be a part of it.

I did make some wonderful friends this year. Too many bloggers to list here, but Iíve tried to let each and every one of you know the difference you have made in my life. I wish you all nothing but the best in 2003, and a continued friendship with you.

To all my readers, I canít thank you enough. Since I was twelve years old, all I ever wanted was to be a writer. And while this may not qualify as being a writer, per se, it still amazes me that people stop here every day to read my words and comment on them. Even to those who consistently disagree with and bait me, I appreciate your comments and thoughts because you keep me thinking.

I hope that his holiday season brings you joy, inner peace and tranquility. I wish you and your families the best and I hope you will all continue to be a part of my life in the coming year.

Happy holidays to all.


keep up the good work. i'm not sure why,but your blog has struck a chord with me and it is on my list of must read blogs.

You were the first person to turn me onto blogging (and I came upon you by accident). I've very much enjoyed reading you. It's been great stuff to keep the mind working.... Gotta keep thinking, or everything gets rusted and and quits working. :-)

You're a great writer.

Blessings for the holidays and into the New Year,


We wish you a Merry Christmas... and a Happy New Year!

(Made much happier, I'm sure, by the fact that you can't hear my singing...)

hugs It's always a pleasure to stop by here, Michele. Happiest holidays to you and your family, and may you again be granted profound and prolific writing in 2003!

Hey, hope you and yours have a Swell Holiday!

Yuletide greetings 'n all, hon...

's been a shitty week, but I'm still here.

Wishing you the best for the new year. And keep writing...

What a wonderful post! I started blogging becuase I had a lot to get out of my system, but after reading your blog for a few months, now, I'm seriously considering a major change in tone and focusing more on the political/religous aspects of life. I love your voice, your tone, and your unrepentant ferocity in the conviction of your beliefs. I don't agree, but I sincerely admire.


I want you to know... I... I...

runs off and bawls like a little wussy beyotch over this heartwarming post... will try to come back later. No promises though.


Thanks for the Christmas wish. I am honored. You are one the most entertaining voices on the "blogsphere"; harsh, cutting at times, but consistanty intelligent and funny.

Peace to you and yours.

Happy Holidays Michele,
May 2003 bring you many more small victories and much happiness.

Merry Christmas, you tequila guzzling, VRWC-ing, blogging, hot mama! Love ya!

Happy Holidays, Michele!

I started reading you just a couple of months ago-- I followed a link from either Emperor Misha I or Frank (IMAO). The first entry I remember reading was the one of songs about war... and I've been hooked ever since! Just the way you write, not even necessarily the subject (although I agree with you 90% of the time), is simply inspiring. Keep up the good work... and a toast to more of the same in the New Year!

Just remember, Michele, when you become a famous writer, make sure you leave a my-ass-sized-patch of space on your coat tails for me to ride. ;)

Merry Christmas, and you better not read this until you've gotten to get a little rest from being with relatives and cooking all that fattening garbage you goy call food.

That's why I keep coming back, Michele: I never have any doubts about how you feel, and never have to deal with the games which happen elsewhere. Open honesty... can't be beat.

A very merry Christmas to you and yours!