In my last column, I offered communities, municipalities and the county the Christmas gifts I felt they so richly deserved.
Now, it's time to move into 2020 with resolutions ... and not the kind that require a motion, a second, discussion and a vote.
I'm offering New Year's resolutions for our towns and county.
The 10th annual Bunn Fun Run is slated for May 2 and I resolve to run it in 2020.
I had a scheduling conflict that prevented me from running in last year's race, but my goal is to run it this year.
It's a lot of fun. All are welcome, whether they're runners or walkers.
And it benefits a great cause -- A Blessing, Inc. Soup Kitchen.
Speaking of eating, I also resolve to make a better effort to get down to Bunn and enjoy some of their restaurants for breakfast or lunch.
As ABC Board Chair Joseph Cutchins Jr. always says when he's ending his report to the Franklinton Board of Commissioners, "buy your spirits in Franklinton."
So, I resolve to stop by the town's ABC store on occasion.
It will be a good excuse to pick up a bottle of spirits, one of which, Carolina Country, is distilled right here in Louisburg.
By the way, stopping at the ABC store in Franklinton would give me a chance to stop by Hometown Cafe for a bite to eat.
I always tell myself I need to get by there but, unfortunately, I'm not usually on that side of town for breakfast or lunch.
That needs to change.
• Franklin County
Franklin County is full of natural beauty and wonder.
Unfortunately, in the 17 years that I've covered Franklin County, I have not taken full advantage of its resources.
I resolve to change that in 2020.
I've never been beyond the entrance of the De Hart Botanical Gardens, which is now owned and operated by Louisburg College thanks to Allen de Hart's gift.
But, again, I have been in the parking lot to cover events, but I've not once trekked along the nearly 3-mile trail or taken a moment to smell the flowers or take pictures of the colorful flora.
I also don't have a fishing license, but I plan to change that soon because the county's V.E. and Leila H. Owens Recreation Park is open and the V.E. Owens Fishing Hole was recently stocked.
I resolve to get out there when it's warm enough to enjoy the experience.
I also hope soon enough that we get a more significant trail -- from Louisburg all the way to Franklinton -- that I can take advantage of.
Beyond that, I plan to just take more leisurely drives or bike rides around Franklin County, taking in more of its natural beauty.
I don't know how aware you might be, but there's a frisbee golf course at Riverbend Park in town.
So, I resolve to grab some friends, head down there and test my wrist-flicking abilities.
Doing so would also give me a chance to head down to the banks of the river and, perhaps, read a book. By the way, I resolve to check out hard copies of books, not just digital copies.
There's something about holding an actual book that's pretty cool.
But, back to more trips to the park. I also plan to head over to Joyner Park in Louisburg and walk the 1.5-mile natural trail that helps renew your spirit.
Youngsville is my home, now, so I've had more opportunities to explore that town and area than others.
I've run through town plenty of times; even road my bike through town.
I've played games and shot hoops at Luddy Field.
But, I haven't yet sat down at Irene Mitchell Park and had lunch and read a book.
I resolve to do more of that in 2020.
Mostly, my resolutions for 2020 are to take better advantage of the opportunities that our towns and county offer me to sit back, relax and slow down a bit.
There are so many things that cause us to speed up in life. But, I rarely take advantage of the things that allow us to slow down.
I resolve to do more of that in 2020.
Hopefully, more folks will do the same.