12/30 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The beautiful Christmas carols and other seasonal tunes have taken flight from the airwaves, and it's bittersweet to say goodbye to the music that helps transform the dark and rainy days in this wintry season.

One moment, we're sharing good times and making happy memories. Then, it seems like in the blink of an eye, we're back to our usual routines like work, school and other responsibilities.

Let's hope the Christmas season lingers in our hearts throughout the next several weeks and we can look back and enjoy those special times long after the thank you notes have been written and the decorations have been put away.


With the new year right around the corner, it's time to think about making resolutions -- something most of us do as a matter of habit -- or having thoughts about making positive changes in ourselves and our lives.

It seems like we all 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 live with -- and enjoy the good results -- 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 to 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.

If you aren't physically able to get out and about, take the time to 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.

Take the time to clean out the closets and drawers filled with all the things you don't wear and haven't used in awhile. There are many organizations that provide families and individuals with much-needed clothing and household items, and they are a phone call or a quick stop away.

And 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.


Our Central Lions Club invites all MI Town seniors and their family members to begin the new year with a complimentary breakfast at the Monmouth Senior Center on Friday, Jan. 1, beginning at 8:30 a.m. What a great way to begin 2010.


Happy New Year everyone!


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