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The Sun editorial: Good health to you and yours, in this new year

We will soon say goodbye to 2013, a year many people – be they Mayans, bandwagon followers or end-of-the-world enthusiasts – believed we would never see. And it has been a crazy, mixed-up, zany 12 months.

The year 2013 in America was rift with snafus, from the governmental shutdown to ObamaCare’s website woes.

We lost many noteworthy people this year, including Margaret Thatcher, James Gandolfini, Roger Ebert, Nelson Mandela, Cory Monteith and Paul Walker.

The world was sobered by the Boston Marathon bombing, Chinese earthquake, Bangladesh factory collapse, Oklahoma tornado and the Philippines typhoon.

Detroit filed for bankruptcy.

Several celebrities apparently went insane, but that’s a topic for another editorial.

The Carnival Triumph, the cruise ship on which my husband and I spent our honeymoon, became infamous, when the so-called “poop cruise” idled for nearly a week in the Gulf of Mexico, after an engine room fire.

The world now has a new pope, a new heir to the British crown and a new darling in the Kardashian dynasty.

Elections were held in 2013, politicians stuck their proverbial feet in their mouths and the United States continued to spend money it does not have.

But, to paraphrase Anne of Green Gables, the sun will go on rising and setting, whether justice is served in America or not.

I joined the Hamburg community as the editor of The Sun this year, and was encouraged to be so welcomed by its readers. I have already learned so much about the local community and am thankful for the opportunity to continue immersing myself in Hamburg’s heritage.

The year 2014 is right around the corner, new and unscathed by sadness, hurt or disappointment. It offers a hope for new experiences, bright beginnings and good news.

I have never been one for New Year’s resolutions. In fact, I naively scoffed at people who declared that they were going to utilize the fresh start as an opportunity to finally lose weight or quit smoking. I figured that, if someone was really determined to accomplish something, it would not take the beginning of a new year to kick that person into high gear.

That was probably just my excuse to not exercise or put down the carbs and caffeine.

This year, I am still not resolving to crush that number on the scale or stop visiting Tim Horton’s every other day. After all, life is short and “you only live once,” right?

Kudos to everyone out there who has a better resolve than I do and who is going to do great things in 2014. You should be very proud of yourselves!

But I have given myself a few resolutions for the new year.

I want to slow down a little bit and make more time for the people in my life. After my Nana passed away, I realized that I had been unknowingly taking my loved ones for granted.

I don’t normally take TV commercials very seriously, but a recent holiday Hallmark spot made me sit up and take notice.

“Tell me you love me,” one little girl said to the camera, as she created a snowman. “Tell me you need me,” a mother said. “Tell me you miss me,” smiled a man, as he zipped up his daughter’s coat.

I know Hallmark is trying to sell greeting cards. But the moral of the story remains: Take the time to stop and tell people what they mean to you. Spend some time with the people you love, because you never know how much time you will have together.

I also want to learn and do new things, this year.

My husband and I just found out that we will be parents in 2014, if all goes well. Nothing has scared me so straight or made me as excited as that revelation. Nothing makes a person grow up faster or take life more seriously than the idea of becoming a parent.

Whatever your life brings you in 2014, I hope that you can take pride in your accomplishments and peace in what your fortunes will bring.

I wish you the best, during 2014. Nobody knows what will lie ahead, but we have 365 days left to find out. May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back and may the sun shine warm upon your face.
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