Messed up Lang Syne | Kind of Day

By Brian Soergel | Dec 30, 2016

So long, 2016.

The Reaper was hell on music celebrities, as you know. We wore out YouTube after we lost Natalie Cole. Glenn Frey. Prince and Bowie. Maurice White. Phife Dawg.

But Mr. Reaper had one more name before releasing his grip: George Michael. He was 53, and the only time people say you’re young after you turn 50 is if you die.

Also: Mrs. Brady joined Mr. Brady in sitcom heaven, and Princess Leia is in a place far, far away.

Locally, Edmonds said goodbye to two who engraved their marks on the city: Former Mayor Harve Harrison died at age 95. And Edmonds Food Bank co-founder Peggy Kennedy died at 88.

All sorrowful.

It was even, boo, the year clowns stopped being funny. Then election day happened.

To say that life goes on is a cliché, perhaps even topping the Cliché Top 10. There’s no going back – TV has “Timeless,” but here in the real world, the flux capacitor lives only in the movies.

So we march on. Do good, have fun, love.

There’s much to look forward to, or hope to realize, in 2017.

“At my age, my New Year's resolutions are pretty simple,” said Diane Buckshnis, Edmonds City Council member. “Peaceful minds, be kind to each other and nature, live simply, laugh often, robust health, and the Packers win the Super Bowl.”

Diane, you had us until “Packers.”

James Spangler, Spangler Book Exchange proprietor and Beacon columnist, resolves to make fewer assumptions and to be more patient. Also: “Reduce processed sugar intake. More live music.”

Councilmember Neil Tibbott said he resolves to meet more people and make more friends in Edmonds. “I resolve to put more of my ideas out in the public arena for people to read, respond to, interact with and even criticize. I resolve to encourage my family and friends to make this their best year ever.”

Bill Brayer is 83 and hopes to see his MS support group, the MS Sno-flakes, become successful in bringing together people with MS, family members, caregivers and friends for sharing what living with and coping with MS is like.

Brayer himself has MS. He also is one of the most inspiring people you will ever meet. “Having multiple sclerosis is not an option,” Brayer said. “It is a way of life.”

Some don’t make resolutions, of course. “I haven't made any New Year's resolutions in 20 years or more,” Beacon business columnist Tim Raetzloff said. But he does hope for one special financial stimulus. “I am looking forward to the recognition of Fortive as the first-ever Fortune 500 company in Snohomish County, and the hope that it may act as a stimulus or magnet for the county economy.”

Tracy Felix, owner of ARTSpot on Main Street, runs a business, but has artistic hopes.

“My wish is for the children in our community to have access to the arts in school,” she said. “My extra bonus wish would be for people of all ages to be able to express their individuality through creative endeavors.”

Beacon columnist Joanne Peterson has two wishes that could be related. Or not. “Might we all only wish for peace? Maybe. And might we simply hope for impeachment?”

Another Beacon columnist, Maria Montalvo, has a simple wish: “Taking a moment each day to be grateful.”

Councilmember Adrienne Fraley-Monillas wants to keep it simple in 2017.

“My hope for the new year is just that: hope. This has been a difficult year nationally in politics, and I have hope that common sense will prevail on a national level in the coming year. I hope and pray for peace in our world. On the local level, I hope that more attention and support are given to those within our community who are our most vulnerable.

“Who are we as a society if we don't help our own? It's no longer good enough to donate money to national charities and walk away assuming we have done our part. We must direct those monies and our time locally to make a difference in our world.”

Dave Teitzel, another councilmember, has a few wishes for the new year. He hopes that:

“We intentionally work toward more acceptance and inclusiveness as a society--internationally, nationally and locally; we each do our part to improve the ecological environment in which we live; we each put down our electronic devices for a bit and talk to one another; and we each spend some time volunteering for a cause that makes our region a better place to live for those who may be less fortunate.”

Oleg Gorboulev, co-artistic director at Olympic Ballet Theater and School, said he’d like a million-dollar pledge. But seriously, his wishes are to increase participation and turnout of his productions. And: “To have more performances of ‘The Nutcracker.’”

2016 was rough for some. Tod Moles, street and storm manager for the city of Edmonds, was one.

“2016 was a difficult year for me personally. I think it has impacted me in a negative manner, so I will be looking to bounce back from a tough year and make 2017 a very positive year. I will recommit myself to bringing a positive energy and attitude to my friends, family, and co-workers. I am hopeful for a safe and prosperous 2017 for the citizens of Edmonds, and especially hopeful for the health and recovery of a couple of friends and co-workers recently diagnosed with cancer.”

Bring on 2017.

Peace out.


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