I’ve heard comments by some “people of note” in the media and culture that this is going to be a “dark winter.” Why does this have to be? Just because they said it, it must happen? Aren’t we in charge of our own lives? Why would we want to let people in power who does not know us dictate how our winter, or any other season, is going to be? Here in the Westerly-Pawcatuck-Stonington areas we are mostly people of positivity, neighborliness and joy. We have lots of great activities throughout the year, and most of us strive to become better people and try to enhance our communities with our gifts and talents. I would like to encourage my fellow citizens to make this a “winter of light,” not darkness. If you have Christmas lights on your house and candles in your windows, keep them there for the next several weeks. Keep your Christmas trees (artificial) and mangers up and shining bright. It will cheer everyone who sees them when they drive by or visit your home. Be friendly to everyone you run into when you’re out and about. Let’s not give in to the message of darkness. Let’s walk together as one community and be the light that overpowers this omen of a “dark winter.” We can do it. I know we can.