Yesterday, I put away our Christmas placemats, red with green plaid borders.

To my eye, the reds and greens—which looked lively during the holidays—seemed as tired as crumbled Christmas wrapping paper, discarded weeks ago.

Now that the days grow longer, and the promise of spring is here, I unpack the lavender placemats and place them on the dark wood table.

Pinks, yellows and lavenders call spring to mind, and lavender is what I set out every year.

I know I’m premature in trying to entice spring—the season of hope—into our dining room, our home, our lives.

Perhaps I’m trying to push back the darkness which shrouded our state, country and world in 2012.

I wonder how we can best rebuild from the morass of High Park Fires, Hurricane Sandy and the Sandy Hook tragedies which were part of 2012’s legacy?

And that’s just in the U.S.

Global tragedies and losses are too numerous to mention.

It will take hope, trust in each other as people, and the best of talents to make the promise of spring a reality in 2013.

So this is my question to you: If time and money were no object, what would you do to make our city, our country our world a better place in 2013?

I’ve put the placemats on the table.

Now what do you want to bring to the table?

Readers, let’s hear from you.

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  1. ouizy says:

    For the table: Locally – stopping fracking and drilling in Loveland and surrounding areas.
    Nationwide and Federaly – putting pressure on the President to fire Ed DeMarco and reset Principles on underwater mortgages along with low interest Government Mortgages. One third of all mortgages in this Country are underwater. Resolving that huge problem would be a huge boost to the Economy and many People's lives.

    • Valerie McCullough says:

      Hi Ouizy,

      Sorry I didn’t get to your comment yesterday.

      Yes, we need to do everything necessary to preserve the health and safety of citizens in Loveland and along the Front Range.

      I haven’t done any research on the dangers of fracking, but your letter suggests that you have information that you could share with readers via this forum.

      What have you found out about the dangers posed by fracking?

      Please forward info on fracking so others may inform themselves.

      As you know the health of our democracy depends on informed citizens.

      Thanks also for the important info on the mortgage issues which affect so many of our people.

      Again, thanks for writing. Looking forward to receiving more information from you.

      My best,
      Val McC

  2. Daryl_Nielsen says:

    Val, first, to sit at your gracious table isn’t easy because of seemingly unnecessary (to me) intricacies attempting to even leave a comment – second!, am here, need to state appreciation for the heartfelt integrity of your blog; – will get backatcha quickly – Daryl

    • Valerie McCullough says:

      Hi Daryl,

      Thanks for reading and responding to my blog.

      Yes, the process for commenting may seem hard, but it looks like you’ve figured out.

      Would like to hear your thoughts about any of the issues on the table.

      My best,
      Val McC

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