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Tecumseh Golden Age Center


January 2, 2020

Happy New Year, 2020! I will start with an invitation to join us for lunch at the Golden Age Center if you are over 60 years old.

Also, it is that time of the year to make those New Year resolutions. I firmly believe in doing just that; ring out the old year by taking stock of your life for the past year. Here are some suggestions to ring in 2020: definitely live a healthier lifestyle, change a bad habit, accomplish a personal goal, resolve issues with family or friends, and improve your spiritual life.

The practice of resolutions date back to the Babylonians as early as 2600B.C. The traditions of other countries are very interesting as well. China uses firecrackers to frighten off demons or evil. In Spain as well as many Spanish-speaking countries eat 12 grapes at midnight (one for each month) for good luck. The British Isles toast the new year with Wassail, a punch that is used to drink to everyone’s good health.

In America a southern tradition is eating black-eyed peas for good luck. A personal, fun tradition is making a trip around the house at midnight with a piece of luggage in the hope of making a trip during the coming year. I do love to travel, but it is always good to come home.

It is not too late to see Shawnee Little Theatre’s season extra, “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” It runs Jan. 3, 4, and 5 at the Ritz and promises to be a fun night of live entertainment. That is another of my favorite things to do. Shawnee Little Theater still has productions of “The 39 Steps,” a comedy, and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” a new musical drama.

Here is another reminder to watch out for telephone scams. One of the latest is from utility companies who threaten to cut off your gas or electricity if your past due bill is not paid immediately. HANG UP OR DON’T ANSWER! Your utility company would never make threatening calls.

You may also receive scams through your emails. Be careful with “friends” online who ask for money. Never loan money to someone you have never met. Also do not contribute to charities without being sure they are legitimate.

I’ll close with a quote from Robert B. Thomas, the founder of The Farmer’s Almanac. “Begin the new year square with every man.” In other words, pay your debts.


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