January 27, 2021

Nelson: ‘Opportunity’ is my word for 2021

If you know me, you might be surprised to find out that one of my favorite holidays is New Years Day.

Christmas and Easter are obviously important to me, Halloween is great for the candy but not for the waist line, and Thanksgiving is high on the list as well.

New Years has always been, to me, a great time to restart.

I look at the New Year and I think we can all agree 2020 is a year we’re ready to wave goodbye to, but here we are in 2021 still stuck in the middle of the first worldwide pandemic any of us have lived through.

As I peered through the front pages of the Fontanelle Observer in the last year, I saw many reminders of why I love living here. Topping the list is that the people are what makes this a great place to live.

I’ve seen many people who are smarter than I am try and find ways to make New Years resolutions stick. One of them I’ve seen is to pick one word that summarizes your theme for the upcoming year or what you want to do in the upcoming year. I’ve decided my word is “opportunity.” We can either grump and moan that we’re in the middle of the first worldwide pandemic any of us have lived through or we can do something about it, trying to find the positives in it and where we can capitalize on opportunity in the midst of it, and that’s what I’d like to do this year.

Studies have shown people are relying more and more on their local news sources to find out what’s going on, and I hope you’ll continue following this print publication and our online resources throughout this year. One of the ways I’m resolving to enhance the Observer is to give it an Opinion page each week. You might have gotten to know me a little through “The List,” which is my weekly column that prints in the Adair County Free Press, but as much as I can, I’d like to start writing an editorial in this publication too.

Going back to the Christmas season, it was so neat to see the people of this area, and specifically Fontanelle, coming together to decorate the Fontanelle City Park. I wrote about it in the Free Press at the time. It’s my hope that we can carry that resolve and creativity into the new year to figure out how to make the best of whatever 2021 brings.


Caleb Nelson

Caleb Nelson has served as News Editor of the Adair County Free Press and Fontanelle Observer since Oct. 2017. He and his wife Kilee live in Greenfield. In Greenfield and the greater Adair County area, he values the opportunity to tell peoples' stories, enjoys playing guitar, following all levels of sports, and being a part of his local church.