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December 30, 2008|By SUSIE HOFFMAN / 301-790-2413

Not-quite quiet period



Good Tuesday morning to all my friends. Here we are caught between the Christmas holiday and the new year and the news to report is slim.

Rest assured, our town has not been totally quiet and reposed; however, the happenings are more of the personal nature and it is not the intention of my weekly chats with you to divulge the comings and goings of the neighbors.

Just leave it at the town has its cheer on and families are enjoying this down time to relax and visit.

Don't wait for Jan. 1



The new year is just two days away and I am not a big fan of New Year's resolutions. I feel that if a change is needed, then by golly do it. Don't wait for a magical date on the calendar for the motivation, why not today? I know that this is big business, though, and the weight loss industry as well as the gyms and smoking clinics would cringe, so whatever the date, if a change is needed then best of wishes on your efforts.

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My wishes for you



Here is my list for you ... don't wait until Thursday. though. Let's start today and see if this can't be the year of kindness.

I wish for everyone to smile more ... compliment others ... even if it is tough to find something worthy of a compliment.

Let someone out in front of you while driving.

Request politely more and demand less.

Help others with no expectation of payback other than that warm fuzzy feeling.

Write a note to someone to let them know that you appreciate having them in your life. I do this for my children often.

Find time to giggle and be silly.

Turn off the TV and turn on some music.

Plan dinners around themes ... we did book themes last year and this year we are doing countries. These are little things that don't cost a penny but their value is immeasurable.

We rant and rave about the state of the world and the injustices and the atrocities, but what do we do to change it? I tell you what we can do ... we can start here and now. We can show kindness and compassion in our own little world ... and pray that it grows.

I am not so deluded to think that world peace is just a cupcake and a smile away, but I am also realistic enough to know that when nurtured and caused to grow, compassion can be quite empowering.

Happy New Year!



I promise next week to write and share more of the town's happenings ... when they start happening again.

For now I will wish you love and friendship. I will beg of you sincerity and kindness. And I will challenge you to smile ... often. May God bless you and keep you as we go into a new year. May you always be mindful of the needs of others.

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