For most of us, today will be another day for family, friends, merriment and more good food. Beverages too, probably. Or perhaps you had too much of that last night into this morning. Too much food too, maybe.
Just like the Christmas and Thanksgiving seasons, New Year's day provides ample opportunity for many to get together, enjoy each other's company and perhaps do some reflecting - the whole auld lang syne thing. Many people are off until Monday. Enjoy your down time.
The past year, as they always are, was eventful locally, nationally and internationally. Those event have been well-documented. In Salem, the wave of violence and crimes cannot be ignored. Everything from murders to meth labs to domestic violence and major thefts. Our police department is very capable and vigilant. The officers will have to continue to be ever watchful because the bad stuff is not going away. But let's remember too all the wonderful good people in our town. Salem, like our neighboring communities, remains a good place period - a good place to work and a good place to raise and educate our children.
Your personal lives were probably eventful too. Some good and some bad but eventful. More good than bad, we hope.
Today as we gather to enjoy another holiday before heading off into 2014, consider any good fortunes - not to be confused with fortune as in wealth - that you have. Some are easy to take for granted but usually are the most important ones. Don't ever understate that. For those losing a loved one this past year, savor the good memories of the good times. It does help.
To all of our readers, have a Happy New Year's Day and the best of a brand new year. May it be kind and giving to you. And may you be kind and giving in return.