This time of the year, not December, is when I personally reminisce over the past year and look ahead to the next. It's when I make my New Year's resolutions, and promise to make improvements in my life. May is a turning point. It's my birth month. And May is bittersweet for me. I belong to the sisterhood of women without mothers. Mine passed away in 1989 and it's not easy celebrating Mother's Day without her. I was her pride and joy - born the Friday before Mother's Day, 1950. Mom thought she couldn't have children. I was her miracle and her only child. Her unconditional love, her sacrifices, her work ethic and her life experiences shaped who I am and how I've raised my own children.

My oldest sons, my twins, will be 30 next week. How did that happen? Due in August, but born in May, they were premature, weighing in at 2 lbs. 15 oz. and 3 lbs. 1 oz. What a surprise. What a challenge.

Last week I read about Ryker, Holden and Saxon, the Taylor triplets in Crescent City. It reminded me of the newspaper clipping I had taped to my dresser mirror 30 years ago. Triplets had been born at the same hospital about a week after my twins, and I cut out the newspaper photo and put it where I could see it in the early hours of the morning when I awoke to only two crying infants. Those triplets gave me the strength to go on!

As a mother and a daughter, May stirs up memories for me: the trying 11 weeks my sons spent in intensive care and the sudden loss of my mother to breast cancer; birthday party sleepovers and Mother's Day brunches; bouquets of flowers, bouquets of balloons.

So what does this have to do with publishing a newspaper? This May I've decided to begin a new chapter in my life by writing a column. I have, like you, a past rich in memories and my own ideas about the future. I am, like you, someone's child, someone's parent, someone's friend. I work full time, participate in a few organizations and have hobbies like gardening and a desire to golf. My commitment as the publisher of Del Norte County's newspaper is to lead a team dedicated to providing you with the best community newspaper delivered on time. You are reading that newspaper and perhaps think that you and I have something in common. This is a column about us. About what's on our minds. So beginning today, I plan to chat with you weekly about what's on my desk, or on my mind. You can let me know what's on yours. Maybe we can work through some of our issues together.

You can stop by my office at 3rd and H Streets any weekday - I'm usually in by 8 a.m., or you can reach me at 707 464-2141; email: or fax 707 465-3081.