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January 1st, 2009

Resolutions for a Reason

Last year we learned that this city can come together through adversity, but it doesn't have to stop there. Make a 2009 resolution you can keep.

Houston was good to you last year. Tiny Boxwood's was unveiled. (Did you know they serve pizza and wine for dinner now?) Mayor White made you proud in the face of distaster, yet again. Discovery Green gave you room to play, Crave got you addicted, and you sang "Viva la Vida" with Coldplay when they came to town.

Give back to the community you love by making resolutions that are realistic and, above all, life-changing.

Be a miracle worker. You're already doing damage in Uptown Park, so make a stop by MD Anderson's Children's Art Project boutique. Pick up stationary, cocktail napkins and gift items designed by pediatric cancer patients, and do your part for crucial research.

Let the games begin" /> Starting Friday, the Houston Food Bank holds the annual Souper Bowl of Caring food drive. The next time you're shopping at H-E-B, Kroger or Randalls, buy a bag of pre-packaged food to donate on your way out, or make a $1, $3 or $5 donation at the register.

Go green. Gather a group and join The Park People on Arbor Day (January 17). You don't need a green thumb to help beautify the city, and re-plant what Ike took.

Hoof it. Are you participating in the Marathon, Half-Marathon or 5K? Through the Run for a Reason program, you can support Bo's Place, a local group offering free grief support services to children who have lost a parent or sibling.

Support the arts. Join Houston Young People for the Arts (HYPA), and do your part to support our city's amazing culture offerings. The advocacy group introduces _this_ generation to the arts through hip events.

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