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My family and I want to send you our best wishes for a terrific holiday, whichever one you celebrate, and whatever you believe in.

MNB is going to be taking a little break, as is our custom. (The archives, as always, are open ... and if a story catches my eye, I will post it on Facebook and Twitter. I’m never totally on vacation...)

I’m going to take a little time off to catch my breath, sleep a little late, read some books, go to a bunch of movies, and just generally recharge the batteries. I can’t wait to see The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, among others, and I need to finish Michael Lewis’s “Boomerang” before I start on Michael Connelly’s new Harry Bosch novel, “The Drop.”

I hope you’re able to do the same...or whatever it is that makes you happy...during the next week or so.
MNB will be back on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, for the beginning of what I hope will be a fun, eventful, energetic, and, yes, even prosperous year for all of us.


And Happy Holidays!
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