In the words of Arch Ward (1896 - 1955), sports editor for the Chicago Tribune,
The book is closed, the year is done,A friend, a hug, a winning lottery ticket, a new representative for IL-19 -- after a disastrous 2008, only positive events!
The pages full of tasks begun.
A little joy, a little care,
Along with dreams, are written there.
This new day brings another year,
Renewing hope, dispelling fear.
And we may find before the end,
A deep content, another friend.