In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
What are your resolutions for the new year?
WELL, I'VE TRIED all the usual more prosaic New Year's resolutions: losing my love handles, checking the tires, stopping at yellow, putting up the toilet seat. Pretty much as expected as the rock standard goes, "another one bites the dust, yet another one, another one bites the dust."
So this time I'll up the ante metaphysically and target praising God for everything he puts on my plate. Fortunately, I at least start and end each day by reflecting on blessings. Though I need more work on filling in the gap between those clocked bookends, what I sorely need is a habit of embracing adversities and setbacks as blessings, too. As steel is forged by fire, we grow from challenge.
I guess life's a grand school and God only gives us what we can handle. Like a wise teacher, He gives the hardest lessons to stretch those who He has the most confidence in. Hopefully, I can master my lessons and this year won't be a typical resolution, in one year, out the other.
MY 2013 NEW Year's resolutions are getting better health, eating healthier foods, avoiding sugary drinks and treats, interacting with family members more often, exercising my freedoms as needed, and continuing to appreciate the wife and all she does. These are important things to me and should also be considered by many others as part of their own resolutions.
Ralph A. Hernandez
This week's question:
After 22 years as a water-side restaurant and with several operators, Humphrey's on the Delta in Antioch has closed. What type of restaurant or business do you want to see locate there?
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