From the Publisher - Betsy Judge, Island Reporter Newspaper

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Here’s to hoping you had a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or wonderful whatever you observed in December.

It is time for a new year and it’s hard not to think about resolutions when it comes to the January issue.

According to Wikipedia, the ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods to return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans made promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. In the Medieval era, the knights took the "peacock vow" to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry, and at watchnight services, many Christians pray and make resolutions.

I’ve made and tried to keep a few when I was younger, particularly to stop smoking. I would smoke myself practically to death before going to bed on Jan. 1 in anticipation of keeping my welladvertised resolution, only to fail - usually that same day. Thank goodness I did quit; on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 2, 1988 because that happened to be the time and day that I was motivated. But statistics show that you will be more successful at changing your habits if you make a resolution. Makes sense.

The top ten resolutions according to www.statisticbrain. com are: lose weight; get organized; spend less, save more; enjoy life to the fullest; Stay fit and healthy; learn something exciting; quit smoking; help others in their dreams; fall in love; and spend more time with family.

About 45 percent of Americans usually make resolutions; unfortunately 71 percent of those who do, frequently or never meet with success. Sadly only eight percent achieve why they set out to do, but like the lotto, you can’t win if you don’t play.

Happy January, Happy New Years and here’s to hoping you keep any resolutions you made.