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Letter from the Editor

Help for keeping your resolutions in 2019
       Still full swing with the resolutions you made the other night, the one that welcomed in the unpredictable, unique year 2019?       Spur of the moment is such a good motivator. When the horns are blaring, pans banging, cheers rising, balls dropping, nothing seems simpler than changing your life for the better. Stepping up a fitness routine, altering your diet from cookies to salad, resisting the temptation to smoke. These are manageable ideals at midnight.

My Favorite Stories of 2018

     Together, we turned a lot of pages over the course of a year. On many of them, you’ve found a moment’s insight or delight. Others told you just what you needed to know. Some stayed in your mind, even after all those words have come between you and them all that time ago. So I can still recount stories we ran five, 15 or 25 years ago.

Bay Weekly’s Annual Christmas Story

      Christmas makes memories, and memories make stories. Maybe your most memorable stories aren’t good ones — though I hope they are — but if you’ve ever celebrated Christmas, you have them.
Each year we revive the spirit of the season in our homes and hearts
      This is the time of year you find yourself comparing Santa stories over lunch. Kids who grew up certain of Santa’s arrival, and even the outlier who didn’t, reflect on the glories of belief followed by the dark nights of wonder. Pretty soon out come the Santa’s lap photos, on smartphone and in faded Kodachrome, for a show and tell that seems to be a spontaneous outbreak of the season. And there you are, walking down memory lane …

Send early, arm yourself against mishaps

      How’s your gift-getting going? With speed as well as inspiration, I hope. Speed is especially important if, instead of delivering your gifts by hand, you’ll be depending on Santa’s helpers to get them to the right destinations at the right time. For while Santa himself is utterly reliable, his corporate surrogates are not. That’s a hard truth I’ve learned again and again.      The stories are funny — in retrospect. 
Beyond shiny things and useless utensils
      Shopping for gifts can be a challenge. I know. I shop like a magpie. Shiny things catch my eye, and often open my wallet. Glitter is part of what draws me, but so does novelty, cleverness, improbability. 
From the season of thanks to the season of giving
      Our delivery drivers report that readers on their route set their weekly clocks by Bay Weekly’s arrival, so I apologize for knocking your Thursday routine off track. I blame it on Thanksgiving. Our non-competition agreement with the holiday requires that once a-year, Bay Weekly comes to you on Wednesday.  

Not Only Bay Weekly — But Also Seasons Bounty

    What’s your take on this turning of the year? Do you lament your frost-nipped fingers and freezing toes? Or do you embrace each of the seasons in its turn, rushing out to play with Jack Frost and inviting Old Man Winter to stay for a spell?       Whichever way you feel — and each of us seems to align on one side of the other — this Bay ­Weekly is the paper for you. For this issue brings you the whole holiday season in our annual special issue, Seasons Bounty. 
Commemorating the centennial of a short moment of great peace
      “Don’t the war news look fine now days?” Army Sergeant Albert Dixon wrote on November 4, 1918. “This can’t last much longer for the Germans are in their last stand.”       By the time Dix’s pen pal, my cousin Cora Smith, received his letter, four years, three months and one week of worldwide warfare had ended. The Armistice signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month ended World War I, as the Great War came to be called. 

It will be Thanksgiving sooner than you think 

      It’s not that I want to rush the season. We all know there’s plenty of that going on. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are on simultaneous sale in some stores.         Nonetheless, the season is rushing our way. Halloween’s three days of the dead mark the year’s turn from summery to wintery autumn. Never mind temperatures in the 70s and 60s those days.