Column: Staycations and looking toward 2011

• Originally published in the Kane County Chronicle on Dec. 21, 2010

I came back to work Monday after a weeklong staycation.

A staycation – for those of you who use actual words rather than made-up ones – is a vacation in which you stay at home, watch copious amounts of daytime TV or catch up on video-game playing time, and do chores that have been put off for a year or so.

I thoroughly cleaned and reorganized my home office, played online Scrabble with my mother when she wasn’t at her part-time job and finished my Christmas shopping. A Caribbean cruise, it was not.

In fact, the most exciting that that happened all week was scoring 114 points on one turn in Scrabble with “en” and “exiling” – which, let’s be honest, ranks on the general excitement scale somewhere between “finding an extra M&M in a package you thought was empty” and “hey, my favorite commercial is on TV.”

It was a much-needed break, though, and I feel re-energized as we here at the Kane County Chronicle begin to prepare for 2011.

Our calling card the past few years has been local, local, local, and you can expect that trend to continue next year.

We hope to introduce new features and to add new local voices to our paper as the year progresses.

We also plan on covering more events and writing more in-depth pieces about what is going on in your community.

And on the Web, we want to interact with readers even more next year, especially with online chats that will allow people to talk with me, as well as Kane County Chronicle reporters. We’ve had a few online chats on election nights that have gone well, and I would like to have more throughout the year.

As always, I appreciate any reader thoughts as we head into 2011. You can either e-mail me or call me with your ideas at the below e-mail address and phone number. We’re also planning our stories of the year package and would appreciate any feedback on that.

I have a feeling 2011 is going to be an exciting year for us – very likely even beating a 114-point Scrabble turn on the general excitement scale.

I hope you will share your thoughts on how we can make it so.

Joe Grace is the editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at or call him at 630-845-5368.


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