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An Easy, Breezy New Year

FROM OUR ARCHIVES

Gleaned from our archives: three refreshing takes on the traditional New Year’s vow. Our favorite: Resolve to ignore what your schoolmarm-self commands you to do; rather, vow to do what makes you happy. You may be out of practice as Laura Silverman was, but you’ll get the hang of it.  Our fourth essay, “Smashed Expectations,” doesn’t fit our lighthearted theme, but Eleanore Wells’s weird misadventures so amused us that we chose to include her tales.

 

RESOLUTION REDUX
By Laura Baudo Sillerman | December 29, 2006

Last New Year’s Eve, facing my 60th birthday in just 11 months, I resolved to reinvent resolutions for myself. Rather than resolving to do what would be good for me in the eyes of others, I resolved to do what would make me happy. I resolved to insist on following through with the whimsical plans that might sound like fun, but be voted down by that tribunal within me (and most of us): Shouldn’t, Couldn’t and Mustn’t. READ MORE

 

MOLLY FISK: ANOTHER WORD FOR THE NEW YEAR
By Molly Fisk | January 2, 2017

We’ve arrived at the time of year when some of us begin looking for a word. Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, which can turn into a set-up for self-flagellation, we want a single word, or maybe a phrase, to explore during the next 12 months. It might be something to aspire to or use as a guide, like “compassion.” It might be a reminder, like “love.” It might be something we’re afraid of and want to be braver around, like “loneliness.” Since I’m not a religious person, I don’t turn to God or the idea of a deity. But I want to be open to something, and what works for me is to do this through language. READ MORE

 

TWERKING, FLIRTING, POLE DANCING: DR. PAT REFLECTS ON THE VOWS SHE MADE LAST YEAR
By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. | January 1, 2015

Today is the first day of 2015.  I chose a great many “age inappropriate” resolutions as my focus for 2014. Like many of you, I made some changes in my life that were the result of resolutions, but also found that wishing it so won’t necessarily make it so. And sometimes that isn’t such a bad thing. READ MORE

 

SMASHED EXPECTATIONS: A NEW YEAR’S EVE QUARTET
By Eleanore Wells | December 31, 2012

Tonight’s the night. Every third conversation in the past few weeks has been about it: “What are you doing New Year’s Eve?” I often feel compelled to have a response that is at least a little bit interesting, and I usually do. I’ve had lots of fun at New Year’s Eve celebrations, but those are not what this posting is about today. This post is about those New Year’s Eve celebrations that were . . . uh . . . weird. READ MORE

 

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