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    Birthday Wishes and Opinions

    You guys, I just turned 43 yesterday! Does that mean it’s all downhill from here? No, I say, I’m hoping to get better with age. Some things actually DO get better with age. Like I’ve stopped caring so much what other people think and say. I’ve come to realize it’s simply a waste of energy, and that’s something I’m not willing to waste.

    Whoever has a strong opinion (and I’m one of those people) need to just keep those opinions to themselves. I, of course, am the exception. Because I wind up sharing my opinions with you each week.

    According to Herman, someone once said that we are all exceptions. I guess that’s just like everyone’s a legend in their own mind.

    I’ve just gotten distracted from writing to you guys. It turns out Sam, my adorable feline, and Sally, his adorable accomplice, have just started a wrestling match not a foot away from Moxie, our Dalmatian.

    Times like these, here in our own peaceable kingdom, just kind of level all opinions and show them for what they are. I guess that includes my own.

    So, on this day after my birthday, I’m feeling even more humbled by way of my opinion. Someone asked me recently why I didn’t write about the Iraq War going on. And my first response was, the column to you guys is the wrong venue. But my second response is I have no opinion on this one. The way I see it, the decisions are being made so far from my sphere of influence that I just can’t waste the energy. In fact, I refuse.

    It doesn’t mean I don’t care. In fact I do. But I don’t pretend to have the answers to this one. All I can hope for is the most positive turn out possible for everyone involved. Beyond that, I strongly feel like my hands are tied. Like everyone else, I keep a close watch on the news coverage, and probably like everyone else, hope for the best, including the quick, safe return of our troops.

    So much for me not having an opinion. But it’s a hard one to stay neutral about. Especially since so many of our troops have gotten involved. I know it might be over simplifying things, but I really hope we can come to some kind of peace without too many lives lost. That is my greatest hope. That and hoping that by the time you read this it will all be over. After all, I owe myself one birthday wish.

    Either way, I’ll talk to you all next week. Take good care.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"