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Spell it out
January 3, 2011 - Heather Ziegler
The new year is upon us and with it comes a host of resolutions. I have a few things I plan to work on this year, but resolutions? Never. It's too easy to get caught up in the loser factor when two days after you swear off sugar, someone brings in an ice cream cake to the office to celebrate a birthday. It's rude to be a party pooper and not celebrate with a wedge of that cake. As for other almost-resolutions, I promise to be somewhat more patient (if possible) when opening the daily mail or e-mails only to have no clue what someone is talking about. For instance, a short piece sent into the newspaper office is from an organization that wants us to announce its meeting. The organization is never spelled out and editors above me do not care for "alphabet soup" in the headlines. Many of these things come from businesses, medical or education organizations who assume everyone knows what NESWLPO or JPLA stands for. If we can't figure it out or we can't reach someone to tell us what it means, the whole thing ends up in the trash can on the floor or in the computer. At least you have fair warning. I know this is the age of instant messages, cryptic e-mails and texts with no hint of spelling, but not everyone is hip to the process. OK, I'm showing my age and my crankiness at not always being able to follow the program. And I hate practical jokes so when one goes around the newsroom, I'm usually the last to get it. At least I acknowledge my weaknesses while others prey on them. Bottom line for 2011, I hope everyone has a better year than the last. Life's too short to get hitched to a horse that is going nowhere so just be the best person you can be every day and leave resolutions for city council.
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