Like all new years, 2019 dawns with limitless  promise and if the past is any guide 2019, like 2018, will end with most of those promises unfulfilled. It is the few that will be filled that provide hope for our dreams.

Fear of the unknown causes so many problems, but their solutions also lie in the unknown. My one resolution for 2019 is to embrace the unknown, to hold it close, and to learn as many of its secrets as I can before it is whisked into the past, into the comfortable realm of experience.

Embrace the unknown, and the unknowable

2016/2017 New Year’s Revolution

One day in 2015, my soul-mate asked me, looking back on our many years together, which year was my favorite, and I told her 2016 because I try to believe the best is yet to come. I couldn’t have been more wrong. 2016 was a horrible year for so many of us, in so many ways. I don’t remember ever feeling such desperation to turn the page on a year. Still, if she asked me today which was my favorite I’d say 2017.

A lot of garbage has built up in my life over the past few years and the time has come to throw it out. It will take a revolution of will to get rid of the garbage and replace it with something new and better. So, in 2017 I will:

Replace the past with the future
Replace indulgence with sacrifice
Replace desire with detachment
Replace silence with music
Replace anger with forgiveness
Replace arguments with compliments
Replace fear with humor
Replace booze with meditation
Replace frustration with acceptance
Replace politics with art
Replace desperation with determination
Replace intoxication with enlightenment
Replace complaints with laughter
Replace bewilderment with introspection
Replace introversion with engagement
Replace recrimination with understanding
Replace obstruction with tolerance
Replace intelligence with wisdom
Replace regret with redemption
Replace bitterness with tenderness
Replace intolerance with compassion
Replace resistance with flow
Replace longing with patience
Replace loneliness with love

To anyone I’ve hurt, annoyed, or made uncomfortable, I ask forgiveness.
To anyone who has hurt me, grudges are another thing I’m kicking to the curb.

As 2016 goes by, I am letting bygones be bygones
Happy New Year


Let’s start off the new year right, with regrets
Regrets are for fools, cowards, and small-minded people
Like me

The first regret is the obvious one:
I regret drinking too much last night
But I don’t

I regret making no New Year’s resolutions
But I don’t

The other regrets fall into two categories:
Regretting what I did and what I didn’t do

I regret falling in love with you
But I don’t

I regret putting all my eggs in your basket
But I don’t

I regret letting you slip my grasp
But I don’t

But then again, too few to mention.

Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions for 2015 [Unredacted version]

10.    Say goodbye to people who use, abuse, ignore, waterboard, or otherwise break your heart.

09.    Say hello to my little friend. No, littler. And friendlier.

08.    Don’t post, tweet, or text in anger, lust, drunkenness, or any of the other deadly sins.
               a. gluttony
               b. sloth
               c. road rage
               d. sneezy
               e. dopey


07.    Dress for success.

06.    Undress for excess.

05.    Get drunk at least once a week.

04.    Read, write, draw and/or play music every day.

03.    Avoid repetition

02.    Avoid repetition

and the number one New Year’s Resolution…..

01.    Avoid New Year’s Resolutions