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Time for New Year’s resolutions

It’s been a long-standing tradition that our end-of-the-year editorial features headlines that we would like to write during the upcoming year. But for this edition we decided to shake it up a bit and focus on New Year’s resolutions instead. Following are some of the submissions by Feather Publishing employees — both for themselves as individuals as well as those they would like to see the greater community make.

As to be expected there were a fair number of resolutions devoted to physical health, but there also was a lot of focus on being kind and more compassionate, and seeking to find the good in others — even those with whom we vehemently disagree.

Following are some of our resolutions for 2020:

To remain true to a vegan lifestyle.

To add regular exercise into my life.

I would like to see more compassion from myself and my community. I want to commit myself to showing more love to those I cross paths with, in my community and out, because we are all dealing with something heavy, and regardless of our personal beliefs, we can be good to one another.

I would like political figures to cease using social media outlets, causing an unexpected yet welcomed uptick in the Nation’s Happiness Index ranking.

To focus on the moment and truly live it.

To turn off the TV and call a friend or read a book.

Try to never use a statement from a politician or newscaster as a reason for a personal opinion.

Think about the needs of others before dwelling on my own.

To volunteer in Tijuana and teach children seeking asylum who are separated from their parents.

Get the third draft of my novel finalized.

Learn to quilt. This was on my list last year, but at least this year I learned to sew!

For my adopted homeland of Indian Valley I wish for more restaurants and businesses and a populace that shops and eats more locally. It’s a fantasy of mine that someone opens up the Sierra Sunrise as a Thai food Internet café that’s open from 2 p.m. to midnight. Make it happen universe.

I’d like to stop making the same mistakes over and over again. In fact, I’d like to make some new mistakes — at least that would be more interesting.

My community resolution is simple: research. Google is your friend. Intelius and other searches cost about $30. Of course, if you find something … interesting … shall we say, you’ll need to confirm, and look further. But, you can save your organization lots of money, lawsuits, heartache, and acres of stress and trouble for your beleaguered employees who count on you to do the right thing.

Make every day count.

Make a resolution and actually stick to it.

We hope that whether you make a resolution or not, that 2020 is good to you and your family. Happy New Year!

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