H A P P Y   N E W    Y E A R !

Hi, everyone!

Thanks to each of you who sent warm greetings last month. I cherish your communication.

I trust you had a lovely holiday. And, if you didn't, that's okay, too. Because it's a brand new year, and we all get to try again. 

We start full of hope and determination. We set goals. The challenge is how to sustain that hope and determination and continue to keep our goals front and center throughout the coming year.

Maybe that's too big an expectation. I think I'll go just one month at a time this year. February 1 will be just as good a time to set goals as January 1. The same with March 1, April 1, on through next December. 

Furthermore, I'm going to try for only one goal per month. Usually, I overwhelm myself with letting my wants exceed my available time and energy. This may sound crazy, but . . .

My goal for January is to refrain from setting too many goals and putting far too many items on my daily to-do lists.
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I've been invited to contribute to the Village Writing School newsletter each month. My column is called The Whole Writer. In it, I’ll be chatting about ways to keep motivated, energized, organized, healthy, and happy. I’ll  write around the edges of writing. About making it easier to live a balanced life. I use my motto Survive Smartly, Age Intelligently as a guide to ideas for the column. You can read the first column by clicking here.

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BOOK UPDATE: My memoir is revised and ready for the next step: seeing if I can get it published. This book is a tale of how I achieved my dreams while fighting my limitations as a polio survivor.

I drew from the wealth of information in my daily diaries from 1950 to the present that document what it was like to live with a
chronic illness and still get out in the world and do something worthwhile. 

If I can help any one of the
millions of people who struggle with a chronic illness, then the angst of re-living my life in a memoir will have been worth it. 

We are a unique tribe who want to be understood and appreciated.

We do that for each other.

A G E   I N T E L L I G E N T L Y

Regardless of our chronological age,

we’re all aging —

that’s no small thing.

As we age, our whole world begins to change—socially, physically, spiritually, psychologically.

If we keep our minds open to what these changes are, we can more 
intelligently direct our lives to be the older person we want to be
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Columns Made Easy

Want to create a page with two or more columns on it? Let me show you how EASY it is to create a page like this in Microsoft Word using TABLES, instead of columns or going to Excel.
Let's start with the basics.

Follow these directions:
Getting Started
Add Headings
Add Contents
Go to:
  • Table
  • Insert, Table
  • Set up 3 columns, 2 rows
  • Initial column width: Auto
Type headings in top row.  
Type your contents into row two of each column. The column length will expand as you type.
To get extra length, simply hit the return key multiple times.

If you like this technique, let me know, and I'll go into more detail and show you how creative you can get in the next newsletter. If you have questions right now, just call me.

To go beyond this basic example, go to Table, then Table Properties. Browse to see how you can create the look you want with borders, lines, shading. You can even get rid of any or all lines.
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Alice French

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