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I want to start the New Year the way I ended the old one … to thank the MNB community for your continuing support and enthusiasm, and the family of MNB sponsors that has kept the lights on around here for the past 17+ years.

These companies include MyWebGrocer, ReposiTrak, Samuel J. Associates, Export Solutions, Webstop, City of Hope, Cloud Union, the National Grocers Association (NGA), the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC), and Portland State University, among others.

I couldn’t do it without you. I’m grateful, and I know that MNB’s readers are grateful, too.

After taking some time off, the past few weeks, I was excited to get back to work this morning. I’m one of those people who really enjoys his work, and so sitting down to my newly repaired laptop (thank you Apple, for fixing and repairing it a week faster than promised!) was energizing.

My feelings about the future dovetail nicely with one of the stories that has been much-reported over the past week or so, about how copyright protections for a number of books, poems, plays and movies have run out, putting them in the public domain. One of those was the 1922 poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” by Robert Frost, in which he wrote the following immortal words:

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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