If you’ve already abandoned your resolution, or you’re wavering, try reframing it into an intention. You’ll feel better about it, and you can go back to it all year long.
My grandmother – Daddy’s mother – was sometimes called “crazy” by others who didn’t quite understand her eccentric ways. Of course, in the South, we are proud of such a label for it means that we are interesting and worthy of being the center of coffee and cake conversation.
Going over my book list for the past year always provides a bit of entertainment, especially when I see titles I don’t even remember.
I don’t have anything against Mike Smith or Matt Ryan. I like them both, and I appreciate the stability and credibility they’ve brought to a franchise that has been the butt of jokes for much of my lifetime.
So far The Next Stop has helped more than 100 young adults live a fuller life. Many have accomplished things in this friendly environment that occupational therapists were unable to teach them in private sessions.
For the record, this is the 10th installment of “Stupid things,” meaning I’ve been spouting inanities now for more than a decade. Please know, I couldn’t have done it without you. My readers clearly rank among the most idiocy-tolerant people in the world, a distant second to Nancy Pelosi voters.
Each era produces its own slang. Some terms demonstrate staying power and become part of the lexicon, while others are relegated to the dustbin of linguistic history.
New Year’s resolutions. I’m not sure yet what mine will be, but I sure have a list of suggestions for other people.
Life is too short to have — or to be — a bad friend. If you see yourself in any of these, it’s not too late to change. And if these remind you of someone you know, you might want to consider an intervention.
For those of you who are faithful to this column, you will, no doubt, recall that last year I made brand new resolutions. I tossed out the old ones that I had failed at repeatedly and trudged ahead to new ones, optimistically believing that success was mine for taking.
I’m not a big Bill O’Reilly fan, but I do get a kick out of his nun stories. Probably because I have so many of my own.
Call me out-of-date, but I’d much rather do things in the time-honored way: a nice dinner, in a room with decent lighting, where I can take my time over my food, enjoy some good conversation, and perhaps not end up with special sauce on my sweater, followed by a long-anticipated movie to which I can devote my full attention.
When you pause, you breathe, which makes you physically stronger, and you clear your mind, which enables you to think more strategically.
I realized this year, though, that there is one day of the Christmas season that never disappoints me. In fact, it is always warmer, more loving, memorable, and joyous than I expect. That’s the day that I put up my favorite of three trees.
We are flying out to Boise for the holidays and taking our three sons, which means that for Christmas this year everyone’s getting a plane ticket and a small bag of Delta peanuts. Instead of letting Santa decide who’s been naughty and nice, we’ll have to leave that determination to the TSA.
Health and Wellness
- GA-PCOM graduates return to practice locally
- ARORA: National Osteopathic Medicine Week a good chance to learn about GA-PCOM
- THOMAS: Sebelius is the definition of a scapegoat
- G-Braves to support National Alopecia Areata Foundation
- Dental centers offering free oral cancer screenings
- PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: Dental help at Good Samaritan Center
- Weekly restaurant health inspections for April 14
- New electrophysiology labs expand Gwinnett Medical's cardiac services
- HEALTH BRIEFS: Gwinnett Medical enters into trauma management agreement
- Weekly restaurant health inspections for April 6
Home and Garden
- DALY: What do the numbers on the fertilizer bag mean?
- DALY: Not all lawn grasses are created equal
- Gwinnett Tech schedules spring plant sale
- DALY: Georgia Gold Medal Plants are a great addition to the home landscape
- Environmental Center hosts 'Grow your own' festival
- DALY: Even with warmer weather, a late season freeze still possible
- DALY: Although attractive, cherry trees do not perform well in our climate
- DALY: Japanese maples make great specimen plants
- WIGGINS: Some ideas on how to grow green this year
- DALY: Now is the time to prevent summer weeds in lawns
- BUCK'S BYTES: Simple tech is often good tech
- BUCK'S BYTES: Should electrical wiring, lights still be so old school?