Greetings readers! Hope this column finds you patting yourself on the back, with accomplishing nearly two weeks of your new year's resolutions.

I decided to conduct a some MOS ("Man on the Street") interviews and spoke to various folks around Alamo to see if they were sticking to their goals for 2013. Since I have asked this of others, I thought it was only fair to share my hopes for the new year as well. Being that I've just turned 50, I have pledged to get into shape by conducting a healthier lifestyle. I'm trying to exercise more regularly and vowed to eat better.

Nancy Solomon shared with me that since 2012 marked a year in which many of her close relatives and friends passed away, she was going to make sure that 2013 was filled with a lot of joy and little regret. "I will strive to live life to its fullest, stop and smell the roses, be more kind and cherish the friends and family I have now, because tomorrow is unpredictable and yesterday was too late," she told me.

Thomas Reyda, who recently graduated from Colorado College, told me he intends to no longer put things off. "I am going to avoid procrastinating with the important tasks in my life," he said. Since he has applied to nine law schools, I'd say he is off to a great start!


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I ran into Maria Jones, who told me that no resolutions are in store for her. "I never make resolutions because I think people make them and then end up breaking them," she said. Her husband, Jim Jones, was a little more poetic in his response, "I'm resolved to enjoy all that I have every day, until the politicians take it all away!"

Bob Currie, having lived through multiple surgeries this past year, told me he hopes to stay away from the hospital. "Now with a titanium wrist, knee and ankle, I vow to have no more titanium put in my body and to treat it as the temple that God created for me," he said, but also added, "And, to get my handicap down to a nonembarrassing number!"

In addition to personal goals and milestone birthdays, 2013 also marks the 20th year I have had the privilege of writing about a wonderful little town tucked in the hillsides of Mt. Diablo and the dynamic folks who call this place home. I have met so many diverse and incredible human beings who have weathered the storms of losing family members, overcome illnesses, fought for causes they strongly believed in and have even shared lighthearted stories of adventurous trips to the far corners of the world.

I can also recall how it felt to get a firsthand account of an Alamo resident who was lucky enough to make it out of his hotel room on 9/11, which was located next to the twin towers. He shared his good fortune of having chosen an elevator adjacent to the one where a piece of the plane had crushed the elevator next to his. My heart pounded as I typed away at the keys of the computer, recalling and recanting how he had been in that crushed elevator originally, but stepped out to retrieve something in his hotel room, before running back and catching the one that ultimately saved his life.

Another column I can recall writing as tears streamed down my face reflected on the struggle a family had with their son after an accident he suffered and the painful process they were helping to see him through until he was healed. I have been deeply touched by these stories, humbled, and I will remain forever grateful that I have had this opportunity to connect with the community, and I am confident that 2013 will bring with it more prospects for enlightening and informing readers of the incredible people who call Alamo home.

And each year I like to remind folks that this is actually your column! So, let me know what your organization is up to, how you are making a difference in the community, where special travels have taken you. God bless, and good luck in 2013!

Contact Caterina Mellinger at around- alamo@hotmail.com.