It is that time of year again, when the question of the day is: What is your new year's resolution?

It is that time of year again, when the question of the day is: What is your new year's resolution?
At Merle's Music on North Highway 63, owner Merle Alderson said his answer to that question is to keep doing what he's been doing — just to do it better.
"I want to stay healthy and be more organized," he added.
Ron Hopson, owner of Slice of Pie, told The Rolla Daily News that his resolution for 2015 stems from two interesting stories that happened at his shop over the holidays.
"It was around Thanksgiving and as usual we had pies stacked up to the ceiling to be picked up,"  Hopson related. "A guy came in and said, 'I'll pay for those two pies over there.'''
When Hopson asked him if he was picking the pies for someone, the man said no.
"He told me he just wanted to do a good deed."
A few days later the "real" buyer of the two pies came in to pick them up and couldn't believe what had happened.
"She was in tears," said Hopson.
He told that story later in the day to a customer, and that customer paid $10 toward the purchase of the next customer.
The "pay-it-forward phenomenon" — an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor — happened again at Hopson's shop at Christmastime.
"So the lesson here for us as we start the new year is to treat people always as you would want to be treated and it will come back to help you," he said.
In the dining room of the Rolla Health & Rehabilitation Center on McCutchen Road, 91-year-old Bertha Peck wants to feel good and be healthy. She also wants to host a tea party for all of her friends at the nursing home.
"I hope I am invited," chimed in 52-year-old Jon Johnson from his lunch spot nearby.
He said he wants to continue to not smoke and lose some weight.
"I think I share too much on Facebook, so I'm going to try to share less and enjoy more real life," said Martha Edwards, director of communications and volunteer recruitment at The Community Partnership. "Seriously, does anybody really need to know my toilet needs to be replaced, see my recipe for dip, hear about my trip to the grocery store and be updated about my sinus infection?"
Over at the U.S. Geological Survey, Sheryl Parker, administrative operations assistant, said she wants to stay on her course toward health and wellness.
"My main resolution is to be kinder to the body that God gave me by continuing on my guided path to health and wellness," she said. "Of course it is also a continuing resolution of mine to spread the tenets of Optimism (Club) wherever I go; to be one of the best leaders our club has had and to have fun doing it."
Back at A Slice of Pie, when asked by her mother what one of her goals were for the new year, 8-year-old Madison Balter's answer was concise and to the point.
"Eat more pie."