I remember, when I first started teaching (1989), in one class hearing myself talk about 2013 as a time of great possibility. Not frequently, but sometimes when I was teaching, I’d say things that I didn’t intend to say and that I didn’t know I knew. I always thought of those times as inspiration.

From time to time over the years, the idea of 2013 as a time of positive development has come up again. Last night I dreamed I was driving a bus through old neighborhoods that were in the midst of a lot of positive development. I had a benevolent guide on the bus, someone with the voice of Morgan Freeman and the love of Martin Luther King, Jr. He guided me through the neighborhoods — communities of active, involved people — and out onto a broad and beautiful boulevard.

I hope that 2013 is a time of positive development for all of you.

Happy New Year.