IJ readers share tales of what they are on the lookout forward to in 2021

A new year is upon us and for lots of, that traditionally has intended a “new you.”

But the pandemic this earlier calendar year has challenged us in methods we could not have predicted, and a lot of of us are just making an attempt to make feeling of points. Some may have recognized they’re much better than they imagined they have been, many others may have recognized they have to have to make modifications.

What about you? How has the earlier 12 months changed you, for far better or even worse?

For January, you should share with the IJ a 6-phrase story about how the pandemic has modified you. Remember to make it a tale with a beginning, center and conclusion, and not just 6 adjectives — make us giggle or cry or at the extremely least experience anything.

If you want your story to operate in the IJ, remember to:

• Compose “Six-phrase story” in the issue line

• Mail a person tale. Just a single

• Include your comprehensive identify and Marin town in the overall body of the electronic mail (not in the matter line)

• Write your limited tale in the body of the email (not in the matter line or in an attachment)

Use correct punctuation (check out the dictionary, remember to)

• Use suitable spelling (verify the dictionary, be sure to)

Send your 6-word tale to [email protected] by Jan. 15 with “Six-Phrase Story” in the issue line. Then glimpse for your tale in the Jan. 26 life area and on the web.

Last month the IJ questioned visitors to mirror on what they are hunting forward to in the new calendar year. Here’s what they experienced to say.

Standard looks attractive is it seriously? — Lyn Gladstone, San Rafael

I desire politics were tedious again. — John Berg, Fairfax

Society primarily based on far more than self. — Madeline Kellner, Novato

Need you request? Just about almost everything. — Denize Springer, Mill Valley

Long lasting silence from pouting vainglorious bloviator. — Katherine Ware, Belvedere

Getting joy when it’s minimum predicted. — Laura Miller, Novato

Let us do it enjoy conquers all. — Bonnie Austin, Tiburon

Hope for nation’s wellness and unity. — Kathy Barrass, San Rafael

Maskless gatherings with relatives, buddies, neighbors. — Francine Goodman, Mill Valley

Optimistic progress in all human issues. — Barbara Tarasoff, Novato

Eventually, a day without the need of the pandemic. — David Leipsic, San Rafael

Shedding the Rip Van Winkle appear. — Sue Beittel, San Rafael

I want to hug my grandparents. — Owen Thomas Bell, San Anselmo

Hugs, hugs, hugs, hugs, additional hugs. — Madison Hunt Horning, Stinson Seashore

Under no circumstances speak of 2020 ever again. — Kendall Johnson, Larkspur

Twinkling eyes, embracing smiles, participating conversations. — David Horning, Stinson Seashore

No Trump, Biden unifying, people accumulating. — Jeff Lockwood, Mill Valley

New property, new neighborhood. Farewell Marin. — Mare Brixie, San Rafael

Two pictures, existence back to regular. — CS Smith, San Rafael

Hugging my son, grandson, sister, good friends. — Anne Latta, San Rafael

Looking at smiles, experience hugs, connecting yet again. — Harriot Manley, San Rafael

Recognizing persons by not putting on masks. — Cece Jonsen, Novato

Family members, friends continue being in my daily life. — Sharon Eide, Novato

Returning to hugs, unmasked smiles, celebrating. — Edith Stover, San Rafael

“Soon!” — Conor Granahan, Corte Madera

All people vaccinated mother’s 105th birthday cake. — Maura Harvey, San Rafael

Actors and musicians on stage just about everywhere. — Josef Aukee, Sausalito

All be perfectly in the entire world. — Karin Granados, San Rafael

Daily life reworking in magnificent ways. — Dick Young, Greenbrae

Ability to delight in buddies and household. — Gerrie Youthful, Greenbrae

Going to Cleveland and hugging everyone. — Ruby Unger, Mill Valley

Sharing hugs, meals, reside theater, sharing. — Linda Howerton-Pritchett, San Rafael

2021, dawn of a new working day. — Jerry Schmitz, Novato

Fantastic government, no virus, compassion, empathy. — Clint Kellner, Novato

Smiling, hugging, sitting down facet by aspect. — Pilar Toledo, San Rafael

Well being, harmony, hope Trump disappears endlessly. — Diane Cokely, San Anselmo

Internet hosting spouse and children and good friends at dwelling. — Lisa Pavlovsky, San Rafael

Household like, togetherness, gratitude — usual return. — Patricia C. Beigel, San Rafael

Get new hip, no additional soreness. — Pam Berkon, Novato

A world devoid of the presidential pestilence. — Rob Franco, San Anselmo

Chuckle out loud with other men and women. — Bob Casey, Greenbrae

No on the net college or university programs upcoming yr. — Christina Soares, San Rafael

Consuming in the Outdated Western Saloon. — John C. Sakellar, Point Reyes Station

Ongoing shiny, bubbly, cheery Zoom functions. — Nancy Greenfield, Larkspur

Observing grandkids, hugs, snuggles, kisses, extra. — Wendy Hunt, Stinson Seashore

COVID-19 ending. An outing for oysters. — Sam Fleeger, Marin Town

Reconfiguration of our world Earth, wow. — Madeleine Devlin, San Rafael

Bring on the new music and dance. — Rose Magri, San Rafael

New administration faces fact, heals divisions. — Elliott Kolker, Stinson Seaside

Sharing hope by eradicating deadly virus. — Barbara O’Brien, San Anselmo

Intellectual discourse with civility, not rancor. — Ray Lent, San Rafael

American Bach Soloists at St. Stephens. — Philip Hicks, San Anselmo

Wearing humongous hat at daughter’s wedding. — Susan Savage, Novato

Biden in business office, Trump in jail. — Karla Brown, San Rafael

Anticipating Jan. 20. Reality, compassion reappearing. —  Susan Mines, Terra Linda

Less worry. Additional hugs. Take pleasure in travel. — Cristy Pollak, Novato

No much more babbling incoherent president. — Carolyn Golden, Fairfax

Patiently waiting around for spring to get there. — Susan Bishop Chukerman, Novato

New times, new strategies, we cope. — Cathy Fox, Strawberry

Rain, family members, hugs, travel, COVID managed. — Donna Cameron, Larkspur

Granddaughters, a few. Laughing, participating in together once again. —  Jeff Brusati, San Rafael

Spouse and children, appreciate, Passover matzo ball soup. — Heidi Mayer, Novato

Looking at smiles, offering and acquiring hugs. — Melinda Booth, Mill Valley

Genuinely Vicki? 6 terms aren’t ample. — Sarah Weller Leipsic, San Rafael

Vaccine coming, bringing loved ones, friends, flexibility. — Susan Lenzi, Corte Madera

Observing smiling faces without having any masks. — Dave Lenzi, Corte Madera

Steph Curry methods again, sinks a few. — Ron Skellenger, San Anselmo

Was Biden’s senate Intern Go, Joe. — Jenny Wooden, Mill Valley

Donald Trump leaving the White Property. — William Devlin, Mill Valley

To start with, we vaccinate, then team hug. — Rosine Reynolds, Larkspur

An licensed vaccine for my birthday? — Kenneth W. Philo, San Rafael

Un-Trumping the country vaccinating the planet. —  Hank Simmonds, Kentfield

I hope to hug my grandkids. — Christopher G. Costin, Corte Madera

We snicker heartily, breathe deeply, fearlessly. — Cliff Gallant, Larkspur

Are you kidding? It’s so obvious. — John D. Schneider, San Rafael

Governments decide on successful local climate improve answers. — Karen Arnold, San Rafael

Time with grandbabies, holding them tight. — Karen Zizzo Kempf, Novato

Looking at how the good mystery unfolds. — Lynn Eire, San Rafael

Ho, ho and absent we go. — Rick Schooley, San Rafael

Trump and cronies brought to justice. — Norm Levin, San Rafael

New president. COVID? Bye, bye. Dancing. — Gailya Magdalena, Lucas Valley

Give me are living songs, dancing, hugs. — Davi Gainer, Mill Valley

Organizing a ban leaf blowing movement. — Mary Geving, Woodacre

I will get a healing therapeutic massage. — Brita Ostrom, Fairfax

Balanced relatives celebrating my 70th yr. — Joan Watson, Mill Valley

Leap on Harley, trip to lunch. — Mike Popovich, Larkspur

Are you kidding? Is not it obvious? — John D. Schneider, San Rafael

To dine in restaurants with pals. — Donna Borok-Moss, San Rafael

No a lot more Trump, no more Trump. — Karla Brown, San Rafael

Celebrating mom’s 100th birthday in May well. — Margarida da Silva, Novato

Vaccine functions flawlessly, is delivered speedily. — Lee Derin, San Rafael

Deadlock ends and checks get there promptly. — Brenda Derin, San Rafael

A vaccine that works. That is all. — Frank Ridley, San Rafael

With any luck , the vaccine is offered promptly. — Pamela Lunstead, Novato

Never ever hearing or looking at Trump again. — Judy Johnson, Novato

Tax evasion protection headed by Giuliani. — David Curtis, Novato

The finish of the Trump nightmare. — Irene Tabet, Mill Valley

The top at last Trump pardons himself.  — Ron Duben, Lucas Valley

High Sierra Camps, presently postponed two times. — Kay Noguchi, Terra Linda

“Fasten seat belts” traveling to our youngsters. — Howard Rachelson, San Rafael

Listening far more, progress to new horizons. — David Kunhardt, Corte Madera

Putting 2020 in the rearview mirror. — Eric Wilcox, Kentfield

Observing smiling faces. Trusting knowledgeable leadership. —  Barbara Rowe, Mill Valley

Contemporary start, and wholesome new yr. — Stacy Burroughs, San Anselmo

President who is sensible and genuine. —  Rosalind Gardner, Greenbrae

Got puppy dog oh no, what now? — Mark Cishey, Corte Madera

Rain falls gently on spring bouquets. — Kerstin Nash, Mill Valley

Playing bridge with pals at Goldenaires. — William Nicholson, Ross

No more Trump what a reduction! — Claire Zurack, San Rafael

A few skipped grandkids: hug, hug, hug. — Richard Schneider, San Rafael

Invest in ticket. Verify on-line. Get lottery. — Tracie Lirette, Novato

Anticipation, exaltation, self confidence, pride restored hallelujah. — Michael C. Vogel, Mill Valley

Finally fulfill my lovely baby granddaughters. — Jim Koger, San Rafael

Hoping to hug my grandchildren again. — Jodie Costello, Larkspur

Just after all, it was about me. — Doug Chambers, San Rafael

Obtainable very affordable overall health treatment for all. — Rev. George McLaird, Mill Valley

I need to have to return to Venice. — Ellen Loring, San Rafael

Hugs, and participating in Spite and Malice.–  Mary Lou Hayward, Novato

Mask-totally free smiles in our hospital’s halls. — Susan Scarth, San Rafael

Towards a brighter, a lot more equitable future. — Dart Cherk, Mill Valley