HodgePodge: Angels kick off new year

Angels kick off new year

HodgePodge by Charlie Hodge

As is always the case with the coming and going of the ages, already a number of New Year’s resolutions have likely been shattered across the land.

Not in the case of Moi though.

I’ve kept all of mine.

That’s an easy brag, however – because I never made any to break.

I learned a few years ago that I simply started my new year off with a greater potential for failure when announcing glorious pertinacious plans, somehow suggesting that the mere flip of a calendar page would improve the portent of things ahead.

If I promise nothing, I cannot let anyone down.

While Tez and I did not make any resolutions this year, we agreed to try and find more personal sunshine in our lives, concentrating on how happy we are to be alive than, well, not so alive.

2023 was a rough year in a variety of ways – business, health, luck… As a city and nation we lost many great folks – simply another sad reality of our cycle of life which only spins closer to us as we age. All the more reason than to be thankful for what is given in the way of time on this planet.

I received a number of Charlie’s Christmas Angels at the end this year so here are few more for readers to enjoy, with a few of mine at the end.

Gay Mentes writes to me, “Just want to tell you about a good friend of mine, Glenda. She recently has had several losses and that has been a very hard adjustment. But those she lost would be sooo proud of her as would her Mama.

“Glenda is the queen of doing unique, kind, thoughtful things for sooo many people far and wide. From sharing informative photo newsletters, or a unique photo she took, to surprise thoughtful visits, and lovely bouquets of cheery flowers, or stopping by with something thoughtful for a hurting or lonely person, or a phone call etc.

“She is one thoughtful amazing human being who is a picture of God’s love to me and I’m sure many in this town would agree with me. Thank you Glenda for your friendship and for caring for soo so many people and for your influence and example!

HodgePodge reader Happ Sieger says “My appreciation for Erica as the Fresh Co. Pharmacy for all she has done for me. I can not thank her enough my guardian angel. She saved me, thanks so much.

Thanks Happ.

Jennie Smith says, “My 95 year-old father lives in the Okanagan Chateau, and the staff there are Angels! The dining room servers, cooks, office staff, and housekeeping make the Chateau a lovely place for so many of our Kelowna seniors. However, the people who work with the seniors have a variety of issues, are indeed very special Angels.”

Thanks Jennie Smith.

“Gabby Pruden is my angel,” says Dawna Mulock. “Without hesitation this young lady is there to assist me. Recently, this angel navigated the NYC subway and city for us. This was not an easy task as she took it upon herself to securely hold onto my arm to give me the needed stability to navigate stairs and people, even venturing out to Times Square at midnight. I am so very thankful and proud to call you Baba’s granddaughter. “Daisy Miles is another angel. This 11-year-old consistently celebrates me. She thoughtfully spends hours making grand gifts, she initiates the French singing version of Happy Birthday, and again this year without disappointment she shared her flair for decorating tables and rooms for all occasions. Daisy, you make a simple get together into a memorable event with your kindness and angelic effort. Thank you, Baba’s girl.”

Next week will be the last column for 2023 Christmas Angels so send them in now.

I have several column topics waiting so Angels are going on sabbatical soon.

Meanwhile I want to publicly thank my personal Angel Tez for her above and beyond work. Not only did she make the September long weekend and Christmas open house events fine successes but spent the past year going above and beyond in maintaining and creating a fabulous yard and house. With my emphysema getting nastier and nastier, my ability to do much physically, and despite her own diabetic issues Tez merrily moved through it all.

My life is blessed but a huge part of that pleasure and blessing is because of her. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Tez and Kelowna!

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Charlie Hodge is a best-selling author, writer, a current Kelowna City Councillor, and a Director on the Regional District of the Central Okanagan Board. He spent more than 25 years as a full-time newspaper journalist and has a diverse background in public relations, promotions, personal coaching, and strategic planning. A former managing editor, assistant editor, sports editor, entertainment editor, journalist, and photographer, Hodge also co-hosted a variety of radio talk shows and still writes a regular weekly newspaper column titled Hodge Podge, which he has crafted now for 41 years. His biography on Howie Meeker, titled Golly Gee It’s Me is a Canadian bestseller and his second book, Stop It There, Back It Up – 50 Years of the NHL garnered lots of attention from media and hockey fans alike. Charlie is currently working on a third hockey book, as well as a contracted historical/fiction novel. His creative promotional skills and strategic planning have been utilized for many years in the Canadian music industry, provincial, national, and international environmental fields, and municipal, provincial, and federal politics. Charlie is a skilled facilitator, a dynamic motivational speaker, and effective personal coach. His hobbies include gardening, canoeing, playing pool, and writing music. Charlie shares his Okanagan home with wife Teresa and five spoiled cats.


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