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Mark L. Hopkins: New Year’s resolutions and more

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The prospect of writing New Year’s resolutions again reminds me of a piece by Marilyn Schwartz that I read in another newspaper.

Schwartz reported that a lady planning a dinner party had put out an invitation to her guest list, all women, telling them that they were to bring a covered dish and their obituaries. Obviously, this lady was planning a very interesting activity for the evening as each shared what they planned and hoped for their lives.

One woman wrote that she passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 97. She also noted that her first husband was a lottery winner. Another woman wrote that just before passing, she was a finalist for the Nobel Peace Prize and would be awarded a posthumous Tony for a recent role on Broadway. Her longtime companion Robert Redford would be accepting the award for her.

The dinner party was for fun, of course, and the guests played it for laughs. The women “died” as........

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