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New Year, New _____

Most resolutions fail.

Really, let's not kid ourselves.

But ask yourself this: Who are you now?
Now answer this: Who do you wish to be tomorrow?

Pay no mind that it's January 1st, 2012. Some of you may have rung in this new year snuggled up on the couch with sparkling grape juice (my personal favorite), pizza, and movies like my sister and I did. Or some may have celebrated with a large party of friends, complete with a countdown and New Years kisses after the ball drop. But maybe, you reminisced around the kitchen table with loved ones, remembering those lost recently. Wherever you find yourself, I hope you find peace in knowing today; Jan 1 of 2012 is another day.

We have another day, another chance. Wherever on the spectrum your New Year's resolution happens to fall, I hope you have the following things to help you get there. Let's face it; we all will fail without help.

1.) Grace. Whatever tomorrow brings, there is peace in knowing that God cares for us and love…

Southern Chivalry

Merry Christmas- and yes, I will say MERRY CHRISTMAS! I don't wish to be a Scrooge but mearly share some of the cheer I have this time of year, a season reminding us of hope and merriment. Thus, such an exclamation is meant with dearest sincerity!

Up North it is currently high 30s and drizzly/cloudy weather. Evidently Santa's North Pole has been affected by impending "Global Warming" and the effect is trickling down the longitude line. OH well, can't say I'm shocked: it's about time those meteorologist and greenies got a forcast prediction to actually occur. I'm not one who typically enjoys the snow- but I do enjoy tradition...and last I checked, the reindeer have left footprints on my lawn every year since ever! But lo and behold, there is no Jolly, Dog-Interrupted-Yellow Snow as of this fine winter solstice 2011.

What is a girl to do without the proper winter conditions to foster a Christmas like every other? Nothing. Reality check: Silly, Jess, Chr…

Economics- The Study of Choices

Many of you all are not Wisconsin readers. But perhaps you know about the situation facing the great cheese state? I'm not going to say my position, but I intend to share an article I found by a professor in my home state. If you're interested, read with an open mind. I definitely challenged myself to when reading this perspective.

Maybe you will learn from it no matter your own views on public issues. I know I did.

We used to make things here in Wisconsin.

We made machine tools in Milwaukee, cars in Kenosha and ships in
Sheboygan. We mined iron in the north and lead in the south. We made
cheese, we made brats, we made beer, and we even made napkins to clean
up what we spilled. And we made money.

The original war on poverty was a private, mercenary affair. Men like
Harnishfeger, Allis, Chalmers, Kohler, Kearney, Trecker, Modine, Case,
Mead, Falk, Allen, Bradley, Cutler, Hammer, Bucyrus, Harley, Davidson,
Pabst, and Miller lifted millions up from subsistence living to middle

Wisdom from Ol' Abe

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves. ... Abraham Lincoln