I have a strange Alameda story to tell. I live in Washington State. Not the “wet” side of the state, but North Central Washington, east of the Cascade Mountains. Lots of sun in the summer, snow in winter, and not many people. The Methow Valley (no “th” — pronounced “met-how”)

My parents moved to Alameda in 1978 and my sister followed soon thereafter. I have been visiting Alameda every year for almost 40 years now.

Now that the New Year has begun and we have made resolutions we may or may not keep, filled in the new calendar pages and look forward to what we can do to make this world a better place, I would like to share with you a simple act of blessing that we experienced this holiday season. This act can be replicated over and over and over again.

There has been recent interest about what’s going on at Alameda Marina. As one of the owners of the property, I invite you to join the discussion about plans to revitalize the underutilized and degrading marina, provide greater public access to the waterfront, and ultimately create an engaged and accessible waterfront for all Alamedans.

This being the last day of the year, you have this final chance to make a difference in your community. Thoughts of who or what to support with end-of-year contributions often range the gamut of international causes: the environment, health, human rights, poverty, even the arts. 

Those national causes are great, but just to remind those who might be making last-minute donations as tax write-offs today, consider your local non-profit agency alongside any larger agencies.

Your Dec. 24 article “Councilman, Mayor Accused of Breaking Law” sent me hurdling over the solstice gifts to get to my stash of Rolaids and chamomile tea extract. Two paragraphs into article, I was gripping my Japa Beads with sweaty hands and white knuckles; my defibrillator was out of the box and at the ready.