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Exercise in problem-solving opens way to common ground


I ATTENDED A MEETING LAST WEEK at which people from a variety of professions, industries and interests were invited to compare their perceptions of how they look at challenges and opportunities that are common to them all.

I was struck by how others' answers to the questions made me think about my reactions.

The hourlong exercise was healthy, fun and productive. And I cite it here because I suspect that that kind of thinking is a useful tool for holiday survival and for a creative new year.

Seventeen people gathered for Christmas dinner bring at least 17 expectations. Being open to those different expectations can make it a lot easier to find common ground.

The details of our many lives are different, but there are themes to our challenges and problems that overlap, and there's every reason to expect common solutions, too.

In 1997, I'm aiming to listen more. My resolution is to recognize that I do not need to re-invent the wheel every time I need an answer.

Take time for lights

A reminder or suggestion: Lights on the Bay continues at Sandy Point State Park at the west end of the Bay Bridge.

The two-mile display of tableaux and fantasy figures created entirely with strung lights is open from dusk until 11 p.m.

The ticket price is $12 per car, with selected discounts on weeknights.

Ice skating eve

If you're lucky enough to be organized, wrapped and ready by noon tomorrow, and you have some energy left, gather your family and their mittens and go to Quiet Waters Park for Christmas Eve ice skating (or send the others off so you can work in peace).

The ice rink will be open until 4: 30 p.m., offering the opportunity for a great new Christmas tradition: skating in the afternoon, then off to Sandy Point for the light show.

On New Year's Eve, you can reverse the process: see the lights first, then take the family to Quiet Waters.

The skating rink is open from 9: 30 p.m. to 12: 30 a.m.

Have a happy, healthy, sharing week, neighbors. And remember to share your church, school or organization's plans for the New Year with your Annapolis and South County neighbors, here. Call me at 626-0273.

Pub Date: 12/23/96

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