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Updated: February 4, 2013 2:40PM



Happy New Year to all of you, and I hope the start of it has you smiling.

As we begin to put away all the decorations, it is kind of a sad feeling, as the bright lights and house decorations made the world look a little nicer. If only our joy could last all year, how great it would be.

Maybe if our government again performed “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” there would be a different outlook on the future. I guess I have my head in the clouds, but I’d still rather try and keep a positive attitude about our country.

At least we didn’t fall off the fiscal cliff. I must admit, I don’t understand any of that, anyway.

Enough about that.

I think I’ll just go finish off some of the holiday cookies, candy and snacks so they don’t get stale.

I’m not one for making resolutions, since I normally don’t keep them very long, but one resolution I will try to keep is to learn more about technology.

How do I use my cell phone to text, to take a picture, to know about all the buttons? How do I learn to watch TV or do banking on the computer?

What is an iPad or an iPhone? How can I “talk and see” our kids and grandkids in Colorado and California on a little “machine?”

Yikes, there is so much I have to learn, I better start today. It’s really embarrassing when your 6-year-old great-grandchild can work all those technology gadgets without any problem, while we’re still in the dark.

Heck, when I was a little girl, television was just starting to be talked about.

Yep, I’m that old.

This may sound funny, but my husband wanted a stopwatch for Christmas solely for the purpose of starting to keep a record of the amount of time TV shows spend on commercials vs. the actual program being shown.

He’s planning to record it for a month, then perhaps send it to some of the stations. He hopes to make them realize that, often, the reason viewers lose interest in their programs is because they are changing channels during the commercials, and don’t go back to where they started.

At least we’ll have fun with it, and it will be interesting to see the results. Maybe we’ll find out the programs really are taking the most time, and it just seems as if the ads go on and on.

Even though it’s a new year, I sincerely hope and pray we all keep the many people and families who were devastated in 2012 by hurricanes, floods and the ugliness of murder, in our hearts.

It brings a lump to my throat to think of all the families whose Christmas holiday was marred by a mad man. Then, I read 500 people were killed violently in Chicago this past year and it seems almost unbelievable.

We can start by reaching out to others who need a friend or who just need a hand up. Remembering the food pantries’ needs are more than just at holiday times, sending a little something to one of the agencies that is helping the homeless, and certainly pledging to the United Way, can keep the home fires burning.

Whatever we do is better than nothing — and thanks for doing whatever you do.

Now, I hope you have a great day because you deserve it.

Thanks for reading.

Fly your flag.



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