The rocket ship with “2018” as its flight number has just about flamed out. It was ridden to its apex and now the ‘chutes deployed. Splashdown in 7-6-5 days. What a ride.

Before the bands play Auld Lang Syne, there is still time for a little reflection and resolutions for the New Year. Back on January 1, 1991, Miss Ann Landers, the queen of advice, offered these thoughts for a happier New Year. For good measure she ran the same advice a year later. They are edited slightly for brevity:

*Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge, and replace it with some pleasant memories (edit: a personal call beats a text every time, even if the text uses proper grammar).
*Share a funny story with someone whose spirits are dragging. A good laugh can be very good medicine.
*Vow not to make a promise you don’t think you can keep.
*Pay a debt.
*Give a soft answer.
*Free yourself of envy and malice.
*Encourage some youth to do his or her best. Share your experience, and offer support. Young people need role models.
*Make a genuine effort to stay in closer touch with family and good friends.
*Resolve to stop magnifying small problems and shooting from the lip. Words that you have to eat can be hard to digest.
*Find the time to be kind and thoughtful. All of us have the same allotment: 24 hours a day. Give a compliment. It might give someone a badly needed lift.
*Think things through. Forgive an injustice. Listen more. Be kind.
*Apologize when you realize you are wrong. An apology never diminishes a person. It elevates him/her.
*Don’t blow your own horn. If you’ve done something praiseworthy, someone will notice eventually.
*Try to understand a point of view that is different from your own. Few things are 100 percent one way or another.
*Examine the demands you make on others.
*Lighten up. When you feel like blowing your top, ask yourself, “Will it matter a week from today?”
*Laugh the loudest when the joke is on you.
*The sure way to have a friend is to be one. We are all connected by our humanity, and we need each other.
*Avoid malcontents and pessimists. They drag you down and contribute nothing.
*Don’t discourage a beginner from trying something risky. Nothing ventured means nothing gained. Be optimistic. The can-do spirit is the fuel that makes things go.
*Go to war against animosity and complacency.
*Express your gratitude. Give credit when it’s due—and even when it isn’t. It will make you look good.
*Read something uplifting. Deep-six the trash. You wouldn’t eat garbage—why put it in your head?
*Don’t abandon your old-fashioned principles. They never go out of style.
*When courage is needed, ask yourself, “If not me, who? If not now, when?”
*Take better care of yourself. Remember, you’re all you’ve got. Pass up that second helping. You really don’t need it. Vow to eat more sensibly. You’ll feel better and look better, too.
*Give yourself a reality check. Phoniness is transparent, and it is tiresome. Take pleasure in the beauty and the wonders of nature. A flower is God’s miracle.
*Walk tall, and smile more. You’ll look 10 years younger.
*Don’t be afraid to say, “I love you.” Say it again. They are the sweetest words in the world.
*If you have love in your life, consider yourself blessed, and vow to make this the best year ever.

Thanks, Miss Landers. Your advice from 1991 is still relevant. In 2019, B-E-L-I-E-V-E.

Legislative Day in Madison

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EDCs/Chambers Announce February 6, 2019 as Legislative Day in Madison

Click here for the registration form. Deadline to register is Friday January 18, 2019.

The economic development corporations (EDCs) and participating chambers of commerce from St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties will travel to Madison on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 to promote legislative priorities for the Greater St. Croix Valley.

Private citizens and representatives from business, industry, local government are invited to participate. The annual event is free to anyone willing to travel to and from Madison for meetings with legislators, aides, committee chairs, cabinet secretaries, and policy advisors.

St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise the Greater St. Croix Valley. Given the four hour plus driving distance to Madison, organizers of legislative day believe it is imperative for their voices to be heard on issues tied to economic development, transportation, education, workforce development, and tourism-recreation.

A preliminary agenda has the Greater St. Croix Valley group arriving in Madison by 10:30 a.m. for an orientation on the 2019 issues. A complimentary box lunch is served during orientation. Appointments with legislators occur throughout the afternoon. The event wraps up around 4:30 p.m. and participants depart for home. Vans have been reserved for the day to minimize travel expenses.

For additional information or to RSVP participation, CLICK HERE, contact St. Croix EDC at (715) 381-4383 or email Nita Dusek at