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A hope for clear weather and fewer resolutions


The snow flurries on Christmas Eve set the stage, and the light snowfall on Christmas night provided an almost perfect ending for what I hope was a very pleasant holiday for everyone. Of course, if you happened to be out driving, you might feel differently.

Now, for New Year's Eve, let's hope for clearer weather.


With the New Year comes those dreaded resolutions, which we all make, and later find excuses to break. Wouldn't you like to find the guy who started this custom?

In recent years, I have resolved to lose weight (this has become an annual resolution), exercise more, eat less, drive slower, keep my office neater, stay in closer touch with old friends, finish writing at least one of the three novels I've started, and spend more (quality) time with my wife and children. But, for whatever reasons, things just don't seem to work out as planned.

I've come to believe I will have to be satisfied with my sole New Year's resolution success. That came 11 years ago when I resolved to stop smoking, and kicked the habit for good. Although I consider it a major accomplishment, I haven't hit another home run since. In fact, I haven't even come close.

I'm thinking that maybe it's time to hang 'em up. No more playing the resolution game, no more wondering if I can succeed, no more anguish over my failure to overcome another of my mortal weaknesses.

No more resolutions for me!


Everyone still has the chance to see the fascinating display of Alice Webb's artwork at the Slayton House Gallery at Wilde Lake Village Center.

The exhibit of her watercolor landscapes and other paintings, including many scenes in the Columbia area, will continue through Monday.

A planned exhibit at Slayton House Gallery is getting a lot of advance raves.

"Earth Art/Two Voices," a dynamic art exhibit by artists Jane Goss and Gina Somerlock, will begin Jan. 6 and run through Feb. 7.

Ms. Goss will exhibit her works of American birds and wildlife. What makes them unusual is the Native American themes and backgrounds used in her paintings.

An opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 7. The public is invited to attend.

For more information, and gallery hours, please call 730-3987.


The Howard County Library is offering an interesting workshop called "It's in Print."

The two-session workshop is designed for children ages 8 through 11 and will teach kids how to make prints using various color inks, cardboard, Styrofoam and other materials.

The workshop is taught by Cecile Wong and will be held at the central library from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6 and 13.

Registration is now open and may be made in person, or by calling Children's Librarian Jo Puckett at 313-7880.

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