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HOLMBERG: 2013 will be better if we give thanks for 2012

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — All too often, being in the news business means lots of bad news.  But 2012 brought us plenty of the good. I don’t know about you, but I had a good time along with plenty of challenges.

First off, we had great weather, missing the brunt of fearsome storms and enjoying a 2012 that wasn’t too hot, cold or wet.

Our metro area had another fairly healthy economic year, and our once-troubled and violent city saw yet more revitalization.

The number of homeless – especially those living outdoors – went down again and the Redskins found a home here, at least for training, and now they’re in the playoffs! Hey!

And on Sunday they’ll be playing the Seattle Seahawks, whose amazing rookie quarterback, Russell Wilson, went to high school right here, at Collegiate.  

We saw our missing veterinarian hiker found safely in Montana and a local eight-grader won a Washington Post contest for accurately predicting the election.

A confused and lost grandfather helped by local folks in Ettrick was united with his grandson.

We had a million dollar lottery winner out of one of the most-hard luck neighborhood stores in the area, watched over by a stray dog who safeguards elderly customers.

We saw our state fair resurrected and new life for our somewhat depressed local paper, which was bought by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and  a child in grave danger of dying from leukemia was miraculously healed.

While the country was reeling from the worst news of the year, we held onto our children’s innocence, and gave thanks for them.

You know, I’ve always believed the best way to invite good fortune is to give thanks for that which you’ve already had.

The very best for you in 2013.

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