1. You need to buy reading glasses, regardless of how good your vision is now, since you or someone you know is going to need them. Go ahead and buy an assortment of strengths.

2. When you get close to 50 go ahead and get a “heart stress test.” The most stressful part of the test? Trying to find the darn medical building in the dark of the morning. Most interesting thing learned? That every alien invasion movie starts with a communication that sounds like your heart beat.

3. Question everything if it costs you money. President-elect Trump is questioning a $400 billion price tag for a fighter plane. How does that equate to us? That would pay $1,000 to every one of the 4 million public school teachers in America. That’s a lot!

4. Eat dessert and candy. My father of 92 years who just passed away lived by that very rule. Except for the last week of his life, he had never been hospitalized, a fact that disturbed his medical team.

5. Bright lights at night are very distracting. Our new bridge construction depends on these lights; unfortunately, it can be very dangerous for drivers when they have to shield the light with their hand.

6. If you write your Christmas cards in July and have them ready to go for Christmas, you will forget where you put them, most likely finding them in March. (But the thought was there).

7. Don’t give scratch-off lottery tickets as gifts unless you have a written agreement to split the winnings (if over $100).

8. Invite your neighbors who are alone for the holidays. One extra table setting will be a little bit of work but may mean the world to someone else.

9. When living in North Carolina during the winter months, always have an emergency pack for your car to include a winter jacket, light jacket, umbrella, snow shovel, sun block, boots, mosquito repellant, flash light, fishing pole and flip flops. You are welcome.

10. When someone spends days decorating for Christmas for your enjoyment, remember to thank them. Thank you, Mike Register and family. (Their artwork can be seen behind Bojangles on U.S. 17).

Remember knowledge is power, each of us are wonderful and full of magic and Santa is real.


Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.