January and a new beginning. It is the wind down of Christmas and our celebrating the arrival of 2017. It is time for resolutions, reflections and remembrance.
The resolutions we make, and usually break, are a hope that we can do better — in healthy living, relationships and how we use our time.
The reflections can bring pause and consideration of past behavior and past use of time — so precious and priceless. We can hope in 2017 to use our time for organization, social interaction and accepting every day as special.
Remembrances cause us to form those resolutions we truly mean to keep and adopt in our lives. The reflections are times for smiles and sharing. Sometimes we reflect on events we would rather forget but there is nagging at our conscience. Nagging usually clarifies it was time for showing our “better angel.”
On the threshold of a new year, we can use our precious time to amend, adjust and accept. Past times are intertwined with present possibilities!
A new semester at school will be a good time to adjust focus. The school will release for Martin Luther King day but then start a new semester on Jan. 17. Parents can circle calendar dates for parent teacher conferences to check on progress. Feb. 21 and 23 have been scheduled with conferences from 3:30 to 6:30.
At the New Madison Public Library make the decision to join a book club. Enjoy sharing a good book. Little ones can come to Busy Bee story time on Mondays at 6:30.
A tip of the hat to Tri-Village for last month’s extraordinary work in raising $10,551.31 to give 11 families a brighter Christmas and outlook for 2017. The work came from lots of people but spearheading the drive to collect dollars were Beth Fisherback, Heather Stump and Annette Black.
And a good job by the Tri-Village MVCTC FFA. The Advanced Parliamentary Procedure Team recently won the Darke County contest. The TV FFA was recognized at the Soil and Water Banquet for land evaluation, winning as top team and top individual. Those involved in these successful ventures were: Maddie Downing, Kara Hollinger, Brittany Brewer, Joshua Hollinger, Tyler Martin, Justin DePoy, Joshua Wiford and Bailey Towery.
Shirley Dubbs is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her New Madison column. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.