Makes me stronger? Wounds me slightly? Postpones the inevitable?
Which phrase completes the sentence was hard to tell this year, which wasn't exactly a banner one for Tank Town.
The trials endured by Tracy in 2009 are well-documented, so I won't repeat them in this space.
Despite the grief, loss and struggles of the past year, there was joy, too. In end-of-year retrospectives, it's easy to fixate on the bad stuff. Too bad, because there are plenty gems of goodness sprinkled even in the toughest of times — a fact worth contemplating when you're shrugging off your New Year's Eve hangover.
Suffice it to say, though, this newsman is glad for the chance for a fresh start with a new calendar, even if the whole "new year" thing just boils down to a number on paper.
Sometimes, a fresh frame of mind is all it takes to start anew. And that's something we can all be thankful for.