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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA ,. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 6, 2010 -- Page 5 . $o, here's the thing... My 2010 To-Do List By Paula Wrenn How many of you at this time of year are sick of reading about how to write a proper resolution, best diets and how to choose a fitness center? I understand, but please give us writers a little wiggle room. Not only are we the people most in need of diet and fitness resolutions, we got that way sitting in front of our comput- ers wrestling our urge to go for a walk just to bring you fresh ideas and witticisms fifty weeks of the year. Not only do the last two weeks of each year leave us feeling thicker around the middle, that is when we are typically stuck in a collective seasonal writer's block. After all, it's hard to develop interesting subject matter and to capture pithy quotes when your sources are away spending time with family on a skiing holiday or suffering through a mandatory seasonal furlough from their jobs. My aversion to declaring personal resolutions is only slightly less known than my feelings about writing resolution columns. Despite my best efforts to save up good material to segue into the A juicy New Year, I often come up short. How to make the first column of the year fresh... idea I'm in the middle of a book about being a creative floating writer and, while it doesn't happen often, I expect there will always be moments such as this. Ooh, ooh! I around could write a column about what I won't do in 2010. After all, if Chris Smith could fill half a column weigh- mg whether to call our new year "two thousand ten" or "twenty ten", surely the anti-resolution column is approximately as creative. Nobody will know if I borrow ideas from the family newsletter; or, will they? One despairs at the prospect of letting one's readers down by caving in to convention and tradition when surely there is a juicy idea floating around out there. Alas, deadline looms. So, writers just begin to write.., to pick up threads and put them in order, bird by bird, as Anne Lamott says. The list Annual pledges to pick up and maintain good habits for a year are, in my experience, recipes for certain failure. That's not to say that swearing off swearing, eating better and exercising more aren't splendid pledges. They just happen to work better as a one-day-at-a time thing for most of US. Despite my no-resolution resolution, this time on the calendar cycle is the best time to look over the past year and to consider ways to live better. Of course, we have no control over outside factors that affect our lives, but we can control our own behaviors and responses. In my view, we are responsible for our own happiness, so here are things that would make 2010 (however you say it) better for me and for those who put up with me: Laugh more. I do this easily, but can't say that I overdid it in 2009. Here's two arguments in favor: It's good medicine and laughing doesn't require a co-pay. Read more. Every time someone recommends a book, I charge to the library or book store. I've been lazy about doing my own research and need to have a good book going at all times. Enjoy more childish delights. An example here is that I often pass up children's movies for adult fare preferred by others. I'd be happier occasionally indulging in a little childish escapism. Get a little greener. Becoming a better recycler and more careful with water felt good, but I'd like to identify something else this year that I can work into my lifestyle to benefit our planet.  Stop negative self-talk. I'm in a large crowd on this one. Shouldn't we. all, once and for all, just stop listening to the little voices that say "you can't" and "you shouldn't" so we can just get on with it? Convert procrastination energy into action. I mull things over before jumping into action. Rather than doing that in front of the television or in a vegetative state on the front porch, I want to have something fun and interesting on hand that I can do when I lapse into "head mode." A new hobby might actually help me focus. If not, at least I will have done something useful or fun with that time. Spend more time with friends. I'm not talking about Facebook virtual friends, but the real McCoy. I want to see their faces over a cup of hot tea, to hear their stories, support them when they need me, and to ask for their feedback on my crazy ideas. Much better in person than on line. Learn a new skill. It's time for me to add a new computer program or some such business-related skill. I admit to becoming complacent in that regard. Show more appreciation. It makes me feel so valuable when someone expresses their appreciation to me. I want to give others that feeling. I will say "thank you" and demonstrate my appreciation more. After all, what goes around comes around. Yes, I'm looking forward to 2010. May yours be healthy, productive and abundant. Please know that I really, really appreciate your loyal reader- ship. Do you have a suggestion for this column or another viewpoint? Write to Paula Wrenn c/o the Reveille, or email paula@thewriteangle.com. Winter art show opens Saturday Jan.9 at First Street Gallery First Street Gallery opens 2010 with "A New Year Dawning," which encourages us all to renew our artistic vision. The two artists featured in this Cloverdale Arts Alliance exhibit include new co-op artist Sharon Kozel and guest De- bra Tsouprake. Cloverdalian Kozel is broadly based in art, with a bachelor's de- gree in fine art from Barat College in Lake Forest, Illinois. Following periods of art study abroad, first in London and then in southern France, Sharon re-located to north- ern California, where she has ex- hibited widely with the Santa Rosa Art Guild, National League of Pen Women, Friday Night Salon, Roch- ioli, Souverain, Watercolor Society, and others. In particular, her paintings ac- cepted annually for seven years at the former Luther Burbank Center museum small works show re- ceived favorable media attention. With the Santa Rosa Art Guild, Ko- zel served as president one year and as statewide exhibit chair for 12 years. Locally, Sharon has been involved in the Art Committee board for Friends of the Library for over 20 years. Most recently, she has focused : on exhibiting and teaching clay sculpture and drawing. Her work is held in private collections nation- ally and internationally. Typically, her clay sculpture is designed for indoor display. "What's most im- portant to me is design and compo- sition. Although I deal with various real subjects, my forms become some- what abstract to satisfy design ob- jectives." Debra Tsouprake develops her art in Santa Rosa, focusing on fe- male nudes in painting, charcoal, and sculpture. Combining this with her "day job" emergency ambu- lance runs can be tough, but Tsou- prake finds it possible to take art classes as well. She is increasingly interested in creating colorful abstracts in paint and innovative nude figures cov- ered with burlap" I had to get real- ly good at staplIng," she quipped. She feels that her time as an art professional has come, and she is eager to be involved in Clover- dale's gallery this winter. To see new work by these artists and the ongoing co-op artists, at- tend the free opening on Saturday, p Jan. 9 from 5-7 p.m. at 105 E. First ' Street. The show will be open through the end of February from Wednes- day through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Beverley McChesney Spring 2010 Schedule of Classes Online www.santarosa.edu/schedule Cloverdale AnnualCioppino Feed tickets available Tickets to the annual Knights of Columbus Cioppino Feed are now on sale. The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair. Door open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and includes din- ner, salad, bread, dessert and wine and are available at Cloverdale Auto Parts or from any Knights of Columbus member. The event always sells out. Don't be disappointed. Be sure to get your tickets early. For questions or more informa- tion, call 894-5244. Healdsburg Windsor COLLEEN TYLER "Satisfaction Guaranteed" " _PADONI COMPANY REALTY .. 894-5437 Sharon Kozel, a new co-op artist at First Street Gallery, will be one of the featured artists this month. I -.r00l James F. DeMartini, Esq. Paula S. Hall, Esq. 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The City of Cloverdale has a leash law in effect. In fact, dogs living within the city also need to be licensed and vaccinated against rabies. It is the dog owner's responsibility to license and contain their animals. The rules and restrictions are as much for the safety of the animals as well as the public. Encountering aggressive dogs is a frightening experience. The story about the vicious attack on Jack the donkey at least had a good ending - Jack will survive. However, many cats in the same neigh- borhood have reportedly been killed by the same dogs and who knows what will happen in the future? Hopefully the Cloverdale Police Department will be successful in its investigation and the problem, at least in this one neighborhood will be solved. Unfortunately, it is bound to happen again as long as there are irresponsible and uncaring pet owners. 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