By Patty Taylor
The beautiful Christmas carols and other seasonal tunes have taken flight from the airwaves, and it's bittersweet to say goodbye to music that helps transform the dark and rainy days in this wintry season.
One moment we're sharing good times and making happy memories - and it seems like in the blink of an eye, we're back to our usual routines like work and other responsibilities.
Let's hope the Christmas season lingers in our hearts throughout the coming weeks and we can look back and enjoy those special times.
What great news it is to read of MI Town's very own Greg Craven being celebrated on YouTube's Web site. Craven, a science teacher at Central High School, posted "The Most Terrifying Video You Will Ever See" in June, and it has received millions of hits in the last several months.
How exciting it is to be living in these times of instant electronic access to special programs such as this - and how wonderful it is that our students can benefit from sharing a classroom with such a dedicated and well-informed teacher who is able to share his expertise and information with the world.
With the new year right around the corner, it's time to think about making resolutions. It seems like we all intend to make positive changes in ourselves and our lives - we plan to lose 20 pounds, love our enemies and be one with nature and the world ... at least for a couple of days or so.
Then reality rushes in and most of the unrealistic expectations disappear as quickly as they arrived.
Wouldn't it be great if we could make some positive resolutions everyone can all live with - and enjoy - in the coming year.
How about bundling up on these cold mornings and take a walk around the neighborhood? It's a great way to beat the winter doldrums and do something good for yourself.
Better yet, talk a friend into walking with you and celebrate the day with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate at one of MI Town's restaurants.
And even if you aren't physically able to get out and about, you can write a letter to a friend or family member that you haven't heard from in a long time. E-mails and instant messages just don't convey the warmth and caring like a handwritten letter.
Why not take the time to clean out the closets and drawers filled with all the things you don't wear and haven't used in a while?
Many organizations that provide families and individuals with much-needed clothing and household items are only a phone call or a quick stop away. While you're at it, look through the cans of food in your pantry and see what you can take to the Ella Curran Food Bank to share with others.
Another holiday idea: Visit the senior center or call our local schools to see if you can volunteer some extra time. You'll be amazed at how much you'll enjoy doing something for somebody else.
Have a safe and happy and wonderful new year!