New Year's resolutions often broken promises


January 05, 2000|By Donna Koros Stramella | Donna Koros Stramella,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GLEN BURNIE — THE SOUNDS OF broken promises were already echoing just past midnight in Glen Burnie. After my family had rung in the new year with a large crowd at a dinner-concert affair, we decided to head home. A half-dozen revelers had gathered outside -- not to bang pots and pans or watch the fireworks, but rather to grab a quick cigarette.

Knowing how a large number of Americans name "quitting smoking" as a new year's resolution, I wondered how many of those smokers were breaking their promises just 10 minutes into Y2K.

I heard an assortment of good intentions this year, ranging from "being more patient with my kids," to "find a new job." My sister, Gail Ehrlich of Glen Burnie, has decided to keep her house cleaner. Never mind that you can already see your reflection in the shine of her kitchen floor.

I like Pasadena resident Jane Frazier's resolution better. The busy mother of two and PTA president at Sunset Elementary has vowed take a little time for herself this year.

"I'd like to take time for a nice hot bath or to use the treadmill," she said. And she'd occasionally enjoy watching a good video -- but one that she chooses. "We either rent something my husband has picked out or something the kids want to see," she said of the usual situation.

Other eternally popular resolutions focus on weight loss, such as "I will not eat after 8 p.m. or consume junk food."

Sound familiar? We all start with solid resolve, but somewhere around late January a snowstorm hits. With nothing but time on our hands, we hunker down in front of the television, snacks in hand.

My sister-in-law, Lois Stramella of Arnold, may have a solution.

"You can't start on New Year's Day," she insists. "That never works."

Realizing that most Jan. 1 resolutions are doomed, she started back in September on a diet and exercise routine that has resulted in a 12-pound loss. Using her successful formula, I figure I've got nine months before my diet begins. Please pass the chips and salsa.

, Church concert

Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church will mark the end of the Christmas season with an Epiphany Concert at 3 p.m. Saturday. Holiday songs will be presented in the church, at 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

All of the parish music ministries will perform.

After the program, the celebration will move to the church hall for refreshments.

Information: 410-766-5070.

Charity appeals examined

We all get them, dinner hour phone calls asking for money. Many of us would like to contribute to legitimate charities, but distinguishing real and bogus is not always easy.

Rick Morris, an investigator with the state Charitable Organizations Division of the office of Maryland's secretary of state, will shed light on the subject at the next meeting of Glen Burnie Chapter 1519 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Church hall.

Morris will suggest questions that residents can ask of telephone solicitors to help determine the validity of the charitable organization.

Retired federal employees, their spouses and guests, and prospective members are invited to attend. Information: Stan Jacobs, 410-969-5980.

Senior programs

The county Department of Aging has scheduled several wellness programs at senior sites throughout Glen Burnie.

Free blood pressure screenings for senior citizens will be offered at 9: 30 a.m. today at Glen Square, 102 Crain Highway; at 9: 30 a.m. tomorrow at Burwood Senior Housing, 6658 Shelly Road; and at 10 a.m. Jan. 13 at Pinewood Village, 7885 Gordon Court.

Therapeutic massage sessions will be available at 10 a.m. today at Pinewood Village; at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Pinewood East, 7900 Benesch Circle; and at 10 a.m. Jan. 27 at Glen Square.

An informational session on dental facts begins at 11 a.m. Jan. 20 at Pinewood East.

For additional information, call the Department of Aging at 410-222-4464.

Buy a brick

Most presents are here today and gone tomorrow. But an engraved brick that honors a loved one will last a long time, maybe a lifetime.

The Logo Park Civic Sign Commission is selling personalized, engraved bricks which will be placed at the base of the flagpole near Glen Burnie's new arch at Ritchie Highway and Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.

Each brick is $50 and includes up to three lines with 15 characters on each line.

Commission spokesman Henry Baines said 160 bricks have been purchased. The first group of bricks is expected to be in place by spring.

Residents have purchased bricks for many reasons, including memorials for loved ones, honoring a living family member and to commemorate a special day, such as an anniversary or birthday.

The bricks are suggested as a valentine or Easter gift idea.

Anyone who makes a purchase will receive a gift card for the recipient.

The Logo Park space will accommodate about 1,200 bricks. For information, call Baines at 410-766-7059.

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