January 1st, 2005

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New Year's Greeting

Okay, so they are not my words, but they are the words I would like to offer to everyone now at the beginning of the new year...

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t to forget make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

-Neil Gaiman
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I feel selfish for this - I'm not personally affected by the disaster, that I know. But... I've cried so much today.

Today has been a national day of mourning in Sweden, as well as Finland and Norway.

Two huge campaigns to gather money for the victims of the disaster have just started, campaigns that will last for weeks, organized by different media groups and NGOs cooperating. Tonight they aired on four different networks (we only have three "public" tv channels, so...), showing interviews with politicians, survivors, our royal family, representatives from the different help organizations... there was music, and that made me cry, new tears with each new song. Some of our best performers, singing very well-chosen songs or performing pieces of music that cut straight to the heart. (Fire and Rain, Tears in Heaven, Koppången - that song is so heartbreakingly beautiful, I really need to find the English lyrics... I heard it for the first time on Christmas Eve, and it brought tears to my eyes even before all this happened!)

Not that my heart is very hard to reach right now.

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Oh, and for anyone who wants to contribute, but still hasn't, I recommend looking at BBC's excellent list of links. It's also a good source of information just in general about what all of these different organizations are doing right now.
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