by Janet L. Jacobsen
Can you believe its the holiday season and the end of the year
Last issue we had a letter to the editor requesting that we start up our
poetry section again. Youll find a little notice on that subject
in this issue. Express yourself and send us a poem or two about single
Congratulations to Central Singles on hosting the Singles Showcase for
21 years! Amazing. The move to October hurt attendance a bit, I think.
We all com-plain about the heat, but it does make indoor events more appealing.
Seems like when the good weather hits we are all outside.
One factor in getting and keeping singles groups going these days seems
to be that so many groups are very specialized now, which is great, in
that it lets you meet like-minded folks easily. But that means fewer people
to do the work, make the plans, lead the events.
It appears to me that most groups that die these days do so NOT because
there arent people to attend the functions, but because there arent
any volunteers to help make it all happen. Will be interesting to see
how this all plays out over time, since single people still want to do
things, have fun, and meet new people. How is that getting done in your
life these days?
If youre new to town or newly single, now is the time to get active
in local singles groups, to build up a circle of new friends to do things
with over the holidays. As you can see from our mingling list
this issue, there are lots and lots and lots of fun things coming up,
and lots and lots of them are free. So if your current financial situation
isnt the brightest, dont let that keep you at home.
You can even have parties inex-pensively - God invented potlucks for just
that reason. Potlucks work for dinners, picnics, brunch, and even for
special ideas like a cookie party or a chocolate party. (Now that was
one of my favorites!)
Besides meeting people through singles groups, you can expand your social
network by adding a bring a friend component to your party,
where everyone invited brings another friend or two.
If youre wishing and hoping you get to attend some holiday parties
this year, make it happen by hosting one or two yourself! Soon! Note that
this year the calendar falls so that we have the shortest possible time
between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Plan ahead!
Special congratulations are in order for Max McQueen. In addition to his
duties leading Methodist singles programs, Max is theater critic for the
Tribune news-papers. The Ari-Zonis are the local equivalent of Broadways
Tony awards, and at this summers ceremonies Max was honored with
a life-time achievement award for his work in promoting the Ari-zona theater
community. Way to go, Max!
And congratulations to you too, for making it through all the challenges
of single life - and life in general - this year. The Jacobsen family
wishes you a very blessed holiday season, and a very happy new year