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January 1, 2007

Happy New Year!


I'd like to wish you a happy and blessed 2007! How are you feeling about the next 12 months…pessimistic, optimistic? If you’re feeling positive about the new year, you are not alone. A recent Associated Press-AOL News Poll indicates that 72 percent of Americans feel optimistic about what 2007 will bring for the country, and an even larger 89 percent feel good about the new year for themselves and their families.

I think we all tend to look at the new year as if we have a clean slate, resolving to make dreams and aspirations come true. That’s true for our family, as we await the arrival of our niece’s baby this April and my sister’s baby this June. My husband and I have started college funds for our kids, and we hope to purchase a new home this year. We have so much to look forward to in 2007.

Optimism aside, I still am troubled about the war in Iraq, the violence in Darfur, HIV/AIDS, and poverty right here in the U.S. I am not alone. The AP-AOL poll shows that while Americans are positive about some things, they still have concerns. For example, most expect the situation in Iraq to stay the same or to worsen; 60 percent think the U.S. will be the victim of a terrorist attack; 70 percent predict a major natural disaster in the country and worsening global warming; 71 percent think it unlikely that the U.S. will withdraw troops from Iraq, and 35 percent predict the military draft will be reinstated. To add to the mix, 25 percent anticipate the second coming of Jesus Christ and 19 percent think scientists are likely to find evidence of extraterrestrial life.

I thought it was interesting that amid our optimism, we still have our fears, concerns and interesting predictions. What are your hopes and dreams, your fears, even your forecasts for the new year? Feel free to comment below.

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