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Our readers help us with wishes Peace, generosity and the values of yesteryear were on their minds

Looking for something a little different this Christmas, we decided to ask our readers to send us their wishes for the coming year. We were hoping for something a little more thoughtful than what we often see in letters to the editor during the rest of the year, and for the most part we weren't disappointed.

Many readers clearly put some thought into their responses. Here are a few we especially appreciated:

Like many of us these days, my wishes are for more peace in this chaotic world, less political shenanigans confusing our thoughts, and the secret of experiencing a more satisfying, calm life experience, wrote Donna Lee Norvell of Jacksonville. But since I can't possibly have enough tangible input to make those wishes come true, my wish instead is that everyone may be touched by the beautiful logic one of my favorite sayings so clearly conveys. Sadly, the author is unknown to me, but contemplating these simple words has always brought a sweet sanity into my heart: 'Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and leave the rest to God.'

Then there was this, from Charyl Ray of Medford:

World peace comes to mind, and wisdom for our world leaders. Locally, there are two organizations that I wish would prosper: WinterSpring Center for Living with Loss and Grief (a nonprofit dedicated to supporting those people who are grieving a loss); and Put Yourself in Their Shoes (a nonprofit that takes over where Dunn House leaves off ' they provide household goods, clothing, food and furniture to families who have to start over because of leaving a violent situation). Sometimes the way to achieving lofty goals is to start with one person or family at a time.

Duke Anderson of Medford reached into the past with his wish:

— I was born here in Medford at the Sacred Heart Hospital, on the hill, 70 years ago. I wish I could turn the clock back 60 years so that I could celebrate Christmas with my parents again. I wish that I could see the pear orchards and sawmills in full production again. Those were the days when children like myself had full respect for our teachers, our law enforcement teams and our parents.

Guess I would have to give up my cell phone and my computer to go back there, but I am ready.

Chris Amorelli of Ashland gazed forward:

My wish would be for the Divine Spirit, whether you call him or her God, Allah, Yahweh, etc., to come down to Earth (very forcefully) and tell us all what a mess we're making of things and that we need to get our act together ' or else ... So come, Divine Spirit, and set us straight ' oh, wait ' you did that already and we didn't listen.

Howard Wand of Rogue River wished for a defining moment this Christmas:

This should be a moment when we reach out and do something significant for somebody. It could be a family member, a friend, or just somebody you know that really can use a hand. That moment should be significant enough to remember the rest of your life. It should not be something trivial. You should reach down deep enough so you can feel yourself blink when you come forth with your offering. It should be meaningful for the recipient. It should give you joy that comes only to the giver who gives enough that it hurts, but just for a moment. What you do will have a ripple effect around the world.

Carole Lampert of Grants Pass summed it all up with her wish for The most important thing in the world today: Peace on Earth, good will toward men.

To all our readers, a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah and a healthy, prosperous New Year.