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Page 4 * The Cloverdale Reveille January 10, 2019 WWW.CJ0VerdaJerSeiHe.c0m COMMENTARY Foggy Mountain program Still others add a cha.enge to their resolutions: ,m going to learn a foreign language this year" or for those still in school, "I'll study harder this semester and bring my grades Resolute resolutions uP'From what I read and hear from folks, most resolutions last about a week or less. I also hear that to establish a habit, we uring the rainy days of winter our have to do something daily for at least three weeks. Just 21 ] ]l schedule lightens up a bit. In the days? That's not long, but over the years, I've failed at many a ' garden, the long rows of tomato cages resolution. have been torn down along with the It would be easy forget resolutions, but recently I've Pamela Tinnin framework that held the long beans. Most of realized that a certain habit has become a vice. Not only does it the plants have been put in the compost pile, take a long time to scan email and Facebook entries, the except for the strawberries and the half-row abbreviated nature of those communications apparently has of winter squash, affected my attention span and my reading habits. On these Winter is one of my favorite seasons, second only to rainy days, there's nothing nicer than sitting near the wood autumn. It's the time when everything seems slower, at least stove with a good book and a cup of coffee, but I find I'm not the "to do" list is shorter, but then so are the days. However, I reading many books and the unread stack is growing. do appreciate the nice, long evenings -- whether we watch a Reading has been a major part of my life ever since I movie, play cribbage or just talk. learned how in kindergarten. One of my proudest moments in Now New Year's Day 2019 has come and gone, a day that fifth grade was when the town librarian gave me permission to many people make resolutions, sort of promises to yourself choose books from any shelf, not just the children's section. that you're going to do something to change your life. For Each summer when school was out, she allowed me to bring a many it's, "I'm going to lose weight," especially after those cardboard box and fill it with books once a month. heavy holiday feasts. Others resolve to begin an exercise When I was a kid, I would sneak a flashlight into my bedroom, make a tent of the covers pulled over m bent knees and read for hours until my mother caught on. Wen I took my turn at washing dishes, I'd prop an open book beh~d the kitchen sink. As I read, I would become so engros~l in a Louis Lamour western or the latest mystery that th dishes just sat there in cold water until Mom confiscated th book returning it only when the dishes were done. Looking back at this past year, I have read fewer ~d fewer books. I also recognize the invasiveness of FacebookPwitter, Tumblr and other social media forms. But ifI quit, I ~,uld miss connecting to my family who have mostly switchd to sharing photos and letters via social media. Yet ifI con~zme down this path, will I become one of those who seems gted to one device or another even in the presence of family an[f friends? Are there support groups for people like me? "Hi, my nane is Pam and I'm a social media addict." But for now, I'm on l~y own. I will set a limit on my social media use and hope that ~r this resolution I can remain resolute. Pamela Tinnin writes from her ranch on Pine Mountain. She can be reached a t pamela tinnin@yahoo.com. 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