Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2017. It promises to be an exciting year! 2016 saw an improved economy, rising home values and sales and employment higher than before 2008. Let us hope and pray that the good economic trend continues!

Of course, the New Year is also the time for well-meaning, healthful resolutions. Mine include losing weight, getting to the gym more often and running.

Everywhere we see articles on how beneficial running and other aerobic exercises are for your health and heart. Besides, running in Grosse Pointe along our tree-lined streets and beautiful homes is in fact a walk (jog) in the park!

I also resolve to be more active in the community and with the organizations of which I am a member. They include Rotary, Services for Older Citizens, the Grosse Pointe Library Foundation, The Family Center and the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce. Yes, that is a handful, but well worth the time and effort!

I also resolve to take the suggestion of a good friend and mentor, Lauren Chapman, who recommended that we feature and promote “random acts of kindness.” I resolve to do at least one random act of kindness a week, and I urge you, our readers, to do likewise. In fact, if you hear of someone committing a random act of kindness, or if you are the recipient of such a good deed, let me know so I can include it in this space in future issues of Grosse Pointe Magazine!

Lastly, I resolve in the New Year to patronize our many loyal and excellent businesses. In fact, during this past holiday season, I did make it a point to shop in Grosse Pointe for Christmas gifts. Two of my favorite gifts for Terry came from local stores: a nifty olive oil mister from Vera’s Daughter in The Village and a Shinola watch from edmund t. AHEE jewelers.

I urge all of you to take advantage of our many faithful advertisers and businesses and organizations in Grosse Pointe. Without them, life in Grosse Pointe would not be as wonderful as it is. We are truly blessed to live in a community with so much to offer. It is indeed like living in a garden, a paradise.

Happy New Year and see you around the Pointe!

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