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While Christmas Day and all its celebrations are a wrap, New Year’s Day with all of its celebrations are on the horizon. It will be a new year by the time you read your hometown newspaper again but here’s what’s happening now.

First, the Woodbine Hotel is closed so the Warners can enjoy a little time off.  It will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 10 , for lunch. Dinner will resume Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Last week we shared the news that the Adrianna Culbreth’s college graduation present from her parents was a trip to New York. Of course mom went along too and saw quite a bit of the big Apple, including the ice skating rink and the emergency room. Angela had a close encounter with the ice, cracking her elbow. She will welcome the new year with a cast since surgery to repair that elbow is Wednesday.

Becky Holland who was editor of the Madisonville Meteor several years ago has a blog you might like to check out. Look it up at www.thecrazymuttink.com

Happy belated to Sallie Reed and Jo Cannon who celebrated their birthday Christmas Day. Mrs. Jo turned a marvelous 90 years young. Patricia Mason and Spencer Cook celebrated their birthday Dec. 26 while Amy Hahn, Janece Plunkett and Eddie Collard celebrated birthdays Dec 27.

Then happy birthday to Brenda Barrington who celebrates her birthday Dec. 30 and James Dean Cole follows right behind her with his birthday Dec. 31.Casidy Andrews, the daughter of Steve and Anita Andrews, winds out our birthday list for this week with her birthday Jan. 4.

If you have birthdays or anniversaries you’d like us to share, call 936-348-6541 and leave a message or email me at gala@nettlescountry.com. Please spell those names for us! Want cards to flow their way? Leave the address as well. We look forward to hearing from you.

One more thing as December winds down the American Cancer Society designated the motto of the month “choose hope.” The ACS has a motto and a specific cancer awareness for each month.  Seems to go well with the month of December, don’t you think?

December is also the month for awareness of Hodgkins Lymphoma and Leiomyosarcoma.

And finally, cynicism seems to reign these days doesn’t it?  Scorn and sarcasm are synonyms for cynicism and no doubt most of us have experienced the rudeness of those with such self-centered personalities.

Unfortunately without our realizing it too often those attitudes subtly rub off on us. After all, the best way to put up with rude people is to treat them rudely in return, right?

Not according to the late Mother Teresa. Rather, as she shared our reaction to others isn’t about them but about each of us. Let that soak in for a moment.

Since a part of each new year is making resolutions usually to do things better, to be better, to accomplish more, perhaps a good resolution to add t is to do our part to influence change in America. Yes, one person really can start change to erase cynicism, rudeness and self-centeredness. Look at Mother Teresa. Here’s how she suggested we do this.

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.

If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.”

For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

Happy New Year, everyone!