New Year's Resolutions

So as 2009 begins, what are everyone's resolutions?

I've gotten an early start on mine for the past two weeks. My resolution is to take account of all the organizations I'm a part of and ensure I'm doing my best work in all of them. I don't know about everyone else, but it's easy to pile on membership/leadership positions in your community, e.g. church, school, outside interests, community interests, and ESPECIALLY political groups. So I'm renewing my dedication and looking at each organization as if I'm a member of a board or council (which, in many cases, I am!) who must be completely prepared for every meeting, makes sacrifices, and lead by example. It's tough, especially while trying to be a full time student, but I care about everything I'm a part of and want to do a good job. I want to be motivated, enthusiastic, and help move things forward! So that's my resolution.

...what's yours?


My Resolution

is to make no more resolutions. Every year I make 'em, and every year I break 'em then feel horrible.

So no more resolutions for me.

Beautiful, crowbar

Thanks for posting that!

So nice I'm back for seconds ....

love this. Thanks, crowbar.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Interesting "Year in Review"...

Hey, y''s a little something offered up on a YouTube video that is put together wonderfully and offers us political folks a little levity on a political "Year in Review".

Take a moment and watch it. I guarentee you'll love it...and that's people from ALL persuasions..........

The best thinking is independent thinking.

My resolution

This year is a big year of change for me -- I resigned from my job on December 18. The stress of the job, and a board that did not support me, made my position there untenable. My health was suffering immensely, so my family and I talked it over and decided we could make it. I'll be picking up part-time contracting work through the company that G works for. Through the holidays, I just acted as if I was on one long vacation.

So my resolution is to make my time matter, to do whatever I'm doing with intention, not to just fall into doing it.

Good on you, Linda.

You are an inspiration.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

That's huge.

And admirable. In the non-profit sector, sometimes we don't know how to walk away from a job because we're so tied in to the work. You will find new ways to do great things. Best of luck in 2009.

Thanks to both of you.

It was indeed hard to walk away, but it was destroying me. Too little money, too little time, too much need.

I'll find my way around the world again, after I find my way around the house!

Me too.

I can't do a thing about the real estate market except wait for it to come back. I am poorer than I have been in years, but I am having fun. I'm beginning to like this free time. I spent a week with my children and grandchildren during Christmas. I'm going to my daughter's this month to stay with her kids so she can go to the inauguration with my niece. I haven't been able to do those things in years. I am getting spoiled.


My resolution

Bigger, better, higher garden plots with fewer corners and more variety.

Replace the useless and dying yews around the house with useful berry bushes and canes.

Work smarter at community volunteer stuff.

Actually work at my sole proprietorship.

Use the technology I have to make all this stuff I insist on doing simpler and more efficient.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Guess I better do this... :>)


Spend more "quality" time with my grandkids.

Lower my golf handicap (high priority item).

Resolve issues with a previous blog opponent I have been less than honorable with (if not too late).

Less "Smitty time", more wife & I time.

...........Tall order, to be sure, but ya gotta have goals !

The best thinking is independent thinking.

I need to get with you about gardening

That's another plan for this year - vegetable garden. I haven't had one in NC, so I've got no idea what to plant when. I have a feeling you might know some of that stuff.

Worthy goals!!! :-)

Hope you're successful beyond your wildest dreams. Best to you, Smitty.

:::ack!::: this is a reply to Smitty... obviously, I guess.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

My resolution .. to keep making bread

I mean that literally and metaphorically. I started making my own bread the beginning of December and have continued my once a week baking sessions since. Last night (12-31) I had a couple of friends over, and we made a couple of loaves of bread. We all contributed to the creation of the bread and enjoyed the garlic bread still warm from the oven later that night. It was a nice way to bridge the New Year.

Metaphorically, this is s a reminder to slow down a bit, get a garden going, pay down debt and stay fit. All take time, but have great rewards in the long term. Some of the above goals will be easier than others. Also, I hope to participate more in community based activities, to get out a bit more often and interact with my neighbors.

My favorite New Year's toast is "May the best of the Old Year, be the worst of the New.". May it be so with you and yours.

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

Perfect toast.

Like the bread making thing, too. There are few simple pleasures in this world that rival the making, eating and sharing of fresh baked breads, imho. :)

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Perfectly good recipe

Linda, just a little too involved for me to do on a regular basis. The recipe that got me going on making bread is v-e-r-y simple. Basically you mix ingredients, knead, let rise, cut into two chunks, and cook. You can go from nothing to 2 round crusty loaves in about 90 min.

Best to you for 2009. (And sorry to hear of your job worries.)

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

I thought that was a simple recipe! Hahaha!

It's weird - I don't have a job, but I'm not worried. We'll be fine. I knew it was the right thing to do because as I left the building for the last time I felt like kicking up my heels and dancing. What good is a job if you are completely miserable in it?

My arthritis has prevented me from making bread by hand

for years now. I simply don't have the ability to knead the dough. My hand strength is just about gone. This year my family gave me a mixer with dough hook, etc. I made my first homemade (not in a machine) pizza dough last night and have bread rising now. I used to bake bread all the time and I'm so excited about my new gadget. I've had a bread machine for a while, but have never really been satisfied with it.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Have more fun.

Whenever and wherever I can. 2008 was FAR too serious.

And build more muscle. Drs. Oz and Roizen say muscle burns 50x more calories than fat. I've already started using their You the Owner's Manual CD. I like it because it can be done in a small area without equipment. Here's a link if you are interested

Happy New Year friends!


I'm resolving NOT to try and land a space shuttle on the deck of an aircraft carrier ... I resolve to breathe AT LEAST fifteen times a day ... I resolve NOT to try and resolve the mystery of Pi ... I resolve NOT to eat escargot, mountain oysters, or lima beans ... I resolve NOT to say to any of my clients, "hey, pull my finger" ...

Well, I think I can keep most of those.

Actually, I've found that in my own life new year's resolutions are fodder for guilt, so I tend to avoid them. It doesn't mean I won't set goals for myself and strive to achieve them, but personal grace—being patient with oneself—sure beats hell out of guilt.

The best excuse...

Until child #1 goes away to college (2010), I'm trying to say no to any requests that take time away from family or work. Since November 4, I've been able to keep this going. My wife and kids seem happy. I'm happy. I'm looking forward to the year.

You have a 17 year old?

Wow. The things we don't know about our online compatriots. You LOOK 17! ; )

I mean that in a good way, BTW!

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

I thought the same thing

Must be using the old high school picture. :-D


She's 16.

So maybe I'm even younger than you think.

16, 4, and 1. Made a resolution last year not to have any more kids.

I resolve to write more,

both blogs and fiction. I've expended way too much time and effort arguing with online foes on other sites when I should be working to raise awareness here. Especially considering some of these sites are more like a neighborhood gossip group than a public forum.

Hi everyone

Just a quick check in from vacation. Looks like things are bubbling along swimmingly, so to speak.

My resolutions:

1. Finish first draft of second novel.

2. Do good. Be nice. Have fun.

3. Be a great parent by granting my wonderful young-adult daughter the freedom to be.

Welcome back, James

Here's hoping you had a fabulous time at the coast and welcome back, my blog friend. Happy New Year and here's hoping you are successful in your New Year resolutions.

Thanks for being who you are, James.


The best thinking is independent thinking.

Thanks, Smitty

And thanks for being a good guy about all the give and take that goes on around here.

When I switched to being an independent voter last year (unaffiliated), I got some perspective about partisan politics that I'd never had. There are plenty of creeps on both sides of the aisle, and plenty of good people, too.

My overall impression is that things have slid too far to the right politically, with too much government interference in people's lives, and too much profiteering from war and political business as usual. It's my opinion that those two problems lie considerably more on the Republican side, which is why I voted straight ticket for Democrats in November. Frankly, I wanted to punish Republicans for standing by for eight years (or at least six, when they controlled Congress, too) while Bush destroyed the moral and financial health of the United States.

We'll probably find that we don't agree about very many issues, but I do appreciate that you're sticking with us and helping to keep the discussion going. That's pretty much all we can do as small fish in the big pond of national politics.

At the state level, I believe we can have more influence if we work hard at it. And as Betsy's post yesterday indicates, we are working hard.

Let's find whatever common ground we can and kick some ass ... okay?

Works for me James

I think by now you know that I feel as you do about the last 8 years under "my" republican administration. It's gotta go down as the worst in our history. I think Bush's ego, more than any one thing, was his/our downfall. He just would NEVER admit that what he was doing was wrong.

I do enjoy this give and take, James. I get a little "over the top" sometimes but it's because I care about our country and I sometimes get impatient with people that are so one-sided they convince themselves of things that just aren't true. Hey, I do it myself....TO myself.

Somewhere along the line, as you've said, we need to come to some kind of common ground and kick this country's ass back to where it used to be. We have such FABULOUS potential....and it's a damn shame Bush & Co. has taken that potential for his own personal and political gain.

And, yeah...I know we'll argue/discuss stuff here. There are just a couple of we right-leaners here on this blog. But, sometimes how 'bout you folks taking a second look a little more often on what we have to say.

Again, Happy New year and glad you had a good and safe trip.


The best thinking is independent thinking.

Just one more thing, James

I know you're a Vet and I wanted to tell you that some vet friends of mine that previously couldn't get into the Veteran's Medical system have now been able to do that. Not sure your situation or if you are already in this or even want to be, but wanted to tell you that it appears they've eased requirements that have previously held veteran's out of the system. If you want any other info on this, email me so we don't tie up this forum with this kind of thing.


The best thinking is independent thinking.


Family: when I'm with them be with them and ignore the surrounding noise.

Personal: running 5 sprint triathlons (Wilmington, White Lake, Triangle, Wellness Center, Sportsplex)

Work: finish pitching state-wide social network for developmental disabilities group, small business grant for new type of microscope

So far so good.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

how I spent NYE and NYD

Friend's invited us out to Bald Head. It was brisk, but there is nothing more beautiful than the North Carolina coast in the winter.

We played on the beach...

We climbed Old Baldy for at least the 30th time...
Old baldy lighthouse
...can you believe I got my thumb in there? Damn! ; )

And, we watched the sunset on 2008.
My view of sunset

It's nice to be back to the Triangle, but it's good to travel the state and see new things. Next time I go I plan on coming back a day early and letting the kids do either the battleship or the Orton Plantation. When I was a kid, we came down to NC every summer for a couple weeks. We always went to Wrightsville for a week and we toured the battleship at least 3 times that I recall. Kids love that thing.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Resolutions, finally

Yeah, I'm slow--I prefer to think of it as "deliberate"--and I've finally decided on resolutions. I don't do this every year, so I try to take it seriously when I do.

1) Be more relentless in getting long-standing priority projects completed. (e.g.: See actual construction started on the Brushy Fork Greenway.)

2) Be less timid in initiating more challenging projects; stop waiting until "next year" after "this election". (e.g.: "green jobs" projects; community immigrant integration program.)

3) The third was going to be stop oversleeping in the morning, but I've already broken that one, so I'll just go with the more realistic first two. ;-)

Dan Besse

Elaborate please


What is a "community immigrant integration program" ?

Can you elaborate on that one please?


The best thinking is independent thinking.

Thanks, Dan...and that's a very good cause/effort

Thanks for responding to my question Dan. I am involved with two folks that aren't legal citizens of our country and have been working to help them be able to stay here legally, but to be honest, that's a tough nut to crack. These are two really good folks and I want to help them and I've gotten some slack from a couple of my friends that I'm trying to help "illegals". Well, maybe I am...and maybe I'm wrong in that...but, in these two people's case, they deserve to be here and stay here because they are the kind of people we need in our country.

Again, thanks for your response. I guess we're going to have to find some way to get some bucks to get a lawyer. Usually, I'm not a fan of "illegal" immigration....but, this case, to me, is different.

The best thinking is independent thinking.

Good luck with them

I don't practice immigration law myself, but I know that it is a challenging field of law. Unfortunately, deserving persons do not always receive sympathetic consideration. Certainly something we should change.

Dan Besse