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Perhaps the end of the Mayan calendar is just the turning of the page, a new chapter. It will be winter solstice when you read this and, if you’re a small business owner in New York State, the date that the last quarterly sales tax of 2012 is due.

But as I sit in my living room, watching the snow turn the world new again, I’m thinking about beginnings and endings. I’m thinking about how grateful I am for the family and friends that I have, for being able to sit in a warm house while the Christmas tree my roommate and brother and I cut down in the woods glows prettily, and knowing that tomorrow I’ll wake up to a town covered in white. And because my quarterly sales tax is due tomorrow, I know for a fact that the world won’t end.

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