Start fresh

Published: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 11:05 p.m.
Happy New Year. The year 2005 is upon us. Each new year offers a point to start fresh.
Many people take this time to quit smoking, eat less, read more or join health clubs. For those who make these goals, pace yourself.
While there is no such thing as a quick fix, playing more Scrabble just might be a fun answer to an exciting year.
Scrabble players know the list of things they can do to improve their play: Learn the two-letter words, the SATINE stem, or use the clock more wisely, to name a few. The one thing that is not mentioned often is to play more often.
While no two Scrabble games are exactly the same, situations are similar. Playing more often familiarizes you with the myriad challenges that occur during games.
Starting fresh allows you to let go of all of the things that went wrong last year and causes you to think about all of the good things that could happen.
Starting fresh will give you a new set of memories to draw upon. This will make you play more often. The more successful you are with this fresh start, the more likely you will play even more.
Look forward to the games, people and words with fresh optimism. Each new success, whatever your goal, will have an effect that might just spill over into other areas of your life.
What better time to think of these things than the new year. So grab that Scrabble board and find a friend or come to the Gainesville Scrabble Club.
  • GAINESVILLE CLUB: Laura Thomley, 3-0, 395; Mo Alim, 3-0, 370; Karen Kaplan, 2-1, 370; Cathy O'Sickey, 2-1, 358; Gloria James, 2-1, 343; high series, Thomley, 1,184; high game, King, 504; high play, Kaplan, 88 (divinity, braziers).
    The Gainesville Scrabble club meets Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW at 1150 NE Waldo Road. Weekly dues are $2. Call Cathy O'Sickey at 336-0690 for details.
  • LAKE AREA CLUB: Geeke Lossing, 3-0, 385; Ellen Blottman, 2-1, 340; high series, Lossing, 1,158; high game, Blottman, 433; high play, Lossing, 76 (swimmer).
    The Lake Area club meets at the Melrose Public Library Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Call Ellen Blottman at 473-5588 or Geeke Lossing at 475-2956 for more information.
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