To the Editor, 

From what we hear and read about the city council we think the following prayer would be useful:

The New Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity

to accept the people I cannot change, 

which is pretty much everyone, 

since I’m clearly not you, God.

At least not the last time I checked.

And while you’re at it, God,

please give me the courage 

to change what I need to change about myself, 

which is frankly a lot, since, once again,

I’m not you, which means I’m not perfect.

It’s better for me to focus on changing myself 

than to worry about changing other people, 

who, as you’ll no doubt remember me saying, 

I can’t change anyway.

Finally, give me the wisdom to just shut up

whenever I think that I’m clearly smarter 

than everyone else in the room, 

that no one knows what they’re talking about

except me,

or that I alone have all the answers.

Basically, God, 

grant me the wisdom

to remember that I’m 

not you.


We don’t understand the city hiring someone for $5,000 to tell elected adults how to function. Willow Creek Residents

Rosemary Ostrom,