By Alex Novak
At this time, I wish all of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Joyeux Noel, Feliz Navidad, Frohe Weihnachten, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Solstice, Eid al-Adha, Muharram, Happy New Year, Feliz Año Nuevo, Glückliche Neue Jahre, and Bonne Annee. If I missed one or two greetings, I apologize and offer you my best wishes of the season.
It's a bit odd this holiday season. We are in difficult financial straits and much of the world is still in turmoil, but at the same time we have cause for hope. In the U.S.A. we have a new president who will soon be inaugurated, who in fact ran on a platform of hope.
So during these holidays, let us all give in to our own best inclinations and hope and pray for a more peaceful world--a world that addresses poverty and environment with more vigor and thoughtfulness. And let us commit ourselves to action on those nice platitudes, to make sure that they aren't just empty promises of a better world.
It is more important than ever to try to support the various charities that need our help with an increasingly heavier load and less resources. And let us again try to pressure all our governments--no matter where we live--to work for the betterment of the world, rather than for parochial, selfish interests that are politically expedient. Remember that it is easier to criticize from afar than to get involved. Only if we ourselves--not someone else down the block, or in some other country--make a real contribution to change this planet Earth for the better, will things actually improve.
And, finally, I wish us all a new year of unselfish love, affection and caring--for those around us and for those with whom we all share this very small and fragile world. I hope your holidays are safe and happy ones for you and your families.
And thank you for your kind patience with this poor writer and editor during this past year and in the coming year.
Nice words and thoughts, Alex. Happy Holidays, and peace, good health, joy and laughter to you and your family throughout the New Year.
--Parker Stephenson, Parker Stephenson Photographs
Happy Holidays to you too Alex!
--Harris Fogal, Host and Executive Producer of Mac Edition Radio and Outgoing chair, Department of Media Arts, University of the Arts
Peace and love to you and yours too, Alex.
--Bonni Benrubi, Bonni Benrubi Gallery
Alex, thank you for your heartfelt message. May 2009 bring you happiness and peace.
--Susan and Leland Ehrens, Black & White Magazine
Dear Alex, thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas with us for a promising new government and our own work in making it all happen.
We send you greetings for a happy holiday and a joyous new year! We all have a lot to look forward to.
--Janet Russek and David Scheinbaum, Scheinbaum & Russek, Ltd.
Hi, Alex. From the flatlands of Norfolk, UK, many, many thanks for your continuous world view of the photograph scene without which life would lack much of its fascination!
May 2009 be kind to you, and indeed, to your declared aspirations for a better world, which I whole heartedly support. Looking forward to seeing you during the next year and meanwhile, enjoy the Winter Festivities!
Best wishes for 2009 and thank you for keeping us abreast of the photography world.
--Eric Franck, Eric Franck Fine Art
Dear Alex, same for us to you and the world!
Peace and love,
--Louis and Supannika Klaitman
Happy X-mas and happy 2009.
--Joyce Evans, photographer
Alex, great to get your message of hope for the season and the coming year.
Thank you, and thanks for your hard work on the newsletter this past year.
My best to you for the new year and beyond.
--Russ Anderson, Perspective Fine Art, Inc.
Buon Natale e Felice Anno, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Joyeux Noel et Bonne Annee, Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr, Feliz navidad y feliz año Nuevo.
--Maurizio Apicella, Italy
Alex, I am new to your list by a year+. I am wishing you good cheer. I enjoy your newsletters much--partially for the insight into the print market but also your personal values & perspective. Thank you for all your personal energy you put into the newsletters.
--A. J. Zelada
And the same to you!
--William Greiner, photographer
Wishing you a happy and prosperous new year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
--Zenon Harasym, Poland
Sending you lots of happy wishes for the holiday season, and only good things for 2009.
With fondest love,
--Helena Srakocic, Croatia
Dear Alex, though we have never met, I want to thank you for your heartfelt holiday greetings. I appreciate your words of inspiration, especially reminding us all to be the change we want to see.
My best wishes to you and your family for a happy holiday season, and a New Year filled with joy and wonder.
--David Wolf, David Wolf Photographs
Thank you for your insights and expression of hope and commitment! Hear! Hear!
Dear Alex, happy holidays and a lot of joy and success in a new year 2009 from Los Angeles!!!
--Dusan Stulik, Getty Research Institute
*Wonderful as usual Alex.*
--Carl Chiarenza, photographer and educator
Dear Alex, I have been up all night and just read your most recent newsletter. I am cutting and pasting something that was on listserv I receive. This came from the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers Listserv:
Monday January 19, 2009 has been designated as a "National Day of Service". People are encouraged to "get involved" by performing community service. This effort is coordinated by the Presidential Inaugural Committee (in preparation for the January 20 Presidential Inauguration). A web-site will be launched in early January listing opportunities for citizens to provide service in their communities.
--Susan L. Edlis
Alex, thanks for thinking about this and writing about it to everybody! For me you're greatůso go on next year for our continued pleasure! I hope what you wish comes true!!!! I think all of us will have a small part in our own hands in order to accomplish it.
--Françoise Paviot, Galerie Françoise Paviot