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(CNN) -- As part of our Welcome to the Future special report, we recently asked for your nominations for the event of 2006 that will most impact your future.

Here is a sampling of your e-mails, some of which have been edited. (Read CNN's special report on the realities of the future)

Deborah Kaczorowski, North Cape May, New Jersey
My husband's (Jay Monahan) death on September 4, 2006, is the "biggest" event in my life. Although he wasn't renown worldwide, he was the love of my life, and I miss him terribly.

Dorothy Rich, Norwalk, Connecticut
This is the year that the majority of my communications, at home and at work, tipped towards e-mail and messaging over phone calls. It is also the year I got a high speed DSL connection and started watching videos and listening to music over the Internet in a big way. My hope is that these trends will converge and soon I will be looking at and talking with people over the Internet, because I miss the interactive communication.

Keith Jacobs, Saline, Michigan
As an auto worker, the largest event in my life is the downsizing of the Big Three due to the Asian invasion. If I keep my job, the rules will drastically change, and apart from that I may lose my job.

Dianna Renfrow, Atlanta, Illinois
The 2006 event that will have and has had the most impact on me is the Cardinals winning the World Series! Whoo-hoo!!

Linda Chancellor, Santa Monica, California
This year I was diagnosed with breast cancer, had two lumpectomies and 6 weeks of radiation. I was declared free of cancer while the shock of having it was still going on. The advances in breast cancer treatment which made this possible was and is the most significant event(s) for me this year.

Dean Stanton, Keosauqua, Iowa
November 7, 2006, is the event of 2006 that will have the most effect on me and my family's future. The people of the United States finally woke up and started taking back America by booting the Republican majority out of Congress and the U.S. Senate...Next stop running Dubya out and taking back the White House!

Marshall Smith, Surry, Maine
This event which most changed my future is my wife developing Alzheimer's disease. I will be spending the rest of our future together taking care of her.

Mikel McPhee, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Canada
The event this year that I believe will impact my future for the rest of my life was likely the nuclear test by North Korea. Being only sixteen years old, I don't really know much about the issues of North Korea other than it is ruled harshly by a communist government. I do know that with nuclear weapons, it poses a threat to Canada and America. I just hope we can work together so there is not a military conflict involving the international community on a grand scale.

Karen Overgaard, Melcher, Iowa
The thing that will change my future the most is that in July 2006, we found out we are going to have a second child. What more life-changing event is there (personally) than having a child? It is the PROMISE of a future!

Jim Cummings, Chicago, Illinois
My nephew Ryan J. Cummings, a Corporal in the U.S. Marines, was killed in Iraq.

Apryl J. Polster, Grayslake, Illinois
Delta Airlines filing for bankruptcy. Cutting pay by 50 percent, losing benefits, losing vacation, working more days for less pay, having our pensions cut back and not funded. Putting in 29 years and getting very little for it, and not having 29 more strong years to give another company.

Mary Coyle, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
My father died in 2006, and although I'm not completely sure how, I know that his absence is going to impact my future tremendously. Every day I look at his picture and I can't believe he is gone. Some variation of that sentiment will be with me now for the rest of my life. Hopefully down the road, it will transition into smiles from great memories rather than sadness from his absence.

Cori Batts, McGehee, Arkansas
I was fired from my job and I decided to relocate and realized that you can always go back home. And now I am a branch manager at a library. This sure beats my previous sales gig!


At least one reader thinks the St. Louis Cardinals' victory in the World Series will make a big difference in her future.




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