About those res­o­lu­tions…

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Ihope ev­ery­one had a very Merry Christ­mas. I know I sure did. I cel­e­brated with my chil­dren, and their chil­dren. Watch­ing their eyes light up in grow­ing an­tic­i­pa­tion as they opened their gifts was my big­gest joy. There was wrap­ping paper every­where from one room to an­other.

As we turn the pages of the cal­en­dar and wel­come an­other year, there is con­sid­er­able op­ti­mism that this year will be bet­ter than ever.

Each day, I am re­minded of how blessed we are to live in Rappahanno­ck County. The fields, hills and hol­lows are so beau­ti­ful and rich with the chang­ing of each sea­son. No mat­ter what the time of the sea­son, we should hold it dear to our heart and be thank­ful to the Lord for where we live. Some­times we take it for granted; I know I do.

It’s a new year and you know what that means? Time for those res­o­lu­tions!

To start the new year right, my mother-in-law has to cook her black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. Why do you eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day? If you’ve never heard of the tra­di­tion, it’s likely that you’re not very close with peo­ple raised in the South. Eat­ing black-eyed peas as the first meal of the year is

said to bring good luck and pros­per­ity. And my mother-in­law be­lieves in that en­tirely.

I was younger and liv­ing at home, I could re­mem­ber my mom would cook them and bake corn­bread. That was our din­ner meal for Jan­uary 1. I have to say, that wasn’t a tra­di­tion for me over the years, un­til this past 2017. I de­cided to cook them to start my tra­di­tion. They weren’t that bad ei­ther. I like to add toma­toes to mine.

Every­where you go this time of the year, peo­ple are talk­ing about what they’re go­ing to do this new year.

most im­por­tant thing is you must be­lieve that you can do it! So, I ask ev­ery­one, what will your new year’s res­o­lu­tion be?

Ex­er­cis­ing more? Eat­ing ealth­ier?

For me, it will be eat­ing

black-eyed peas. And want to en­joy the beauty of our rich her­itage here in Rappahanno­ck more; gaze at the stars at night, pick wild­flow­ers, each in its sea­son, en­joy the sim­ple plea­sure of na­ture around me. We are blessed with so much to en­joy.

There are many res­o­lu­tions to ex­plore. What­ever you choose, re­mem­ber, you can suc­ceed!


Bev­erly Ex­line will be cel­e­brat­ing her birth­day on Jan. 12. For every­body who knows Bev­erly, she is one lady who is al­ways on the go. She is a won­der­ful per­son with the big­gest heart. Would do any­thing for you.

I also have two grand­chil­dren who will be cel­e­brat­ing their birth­days in Jan­uary. Olivia Grace Clatterbuc­k will be turn­ing 5 on Jan. 10, and Lukas Jonathan Clin­ton Clatterbuc­k will be turn­ing 7 on Jan. 26. Wow, does time fly. It seems like yes­ter­day my own kids were that small and run­ning around. Now, my kids have kids who are run­ning around and bring­ing joy to their par­ents.

Birth­day wishes go out to my won­der­ful mother-in-law, Anna Clatterbuc­k, who will cel­e­brate her spe­cial day on Sun­day, Jan. 20.


RAAC Com­mu­nity Theatre will hold au­di­tions this week­end, Jan. 5 and 6, for two plays this spring.

“Har­vey,” di­rected by Patty Hardee, will be per­formed March 29 and 30 and April 5 and 6. In this hi­lar­i­ous and beloved com­edy, a happy-golucky

fel­low (El­wood Dowd) has an imag­i­nary friend Har­vey — a six-foot, three­and-one-half-inch tall pooka re­sem­bling a rab­bit. There are five ma­jor and one mi­nor male roles; three ma­jor and two mi­nor fe­male roles.

“The Devil and Daniel Web­ster,” di­rected by Peter Horn­bostel will be per­formed in mid-May. The play is a Faus­tian tale about a New Hamp­shire farmer who sells his soul to the devil and is de­fended by Daniel Web­ster. There are 12 speak­ing roles in this short play, as well as towns­peo­ple.

Au­di­tions will be read­ings from both scripts. Ac­tors may au­di­tion for one or both plays. Fri­day and Satur­day au­di­tions are 1 to 4 p.m. at the theatre, 310 Gay Street, Wash­ing­ton. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact pa­[email protected] or 540675-2506.

Happy New Year and let it be one of the great­est yet!

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