Resolutions 2014

resolutions 2014


If you want to know how I feel about New Year’s resolutions in general, please see the above illustration. “Foo” says it all.



But I love the idea of resolutions. What could be nicer than making a fresh start? Suddenly “next year” becomes “this year,” and we have an entire nice expanse of time before us, like a yardful of untrodden snow.



So let’s make us some resolutions!



1)    Stop complaining. Foo. No chance.

2)    Be healthy. Easier said than done, but there’s no way 2014 could be worse than 2013 from a health point of view. If I can manage to keep my organs from actually dropping out of my body this year, I will be doing okay

3)    Appreciate the good things more. This might actually be doable. Today’s bitterly cold in Providence, for example, but the sky is a lovely blue. Why not appreciate the lovely blue sky, even while cursing the weather?

4)    Maximize the love in the world. As a deeply flawed person, it amazes me that people actually like me, and I try whenever I can to return the favor. I already tell Partner several times a day how much I love him. I am also lucky enough to have friends – Patricia and Apollonia – whom I truly love, and who express their love for me in various oddball ways. I have always appreciated this, and after my illness I appreciate it even more.

5)    Work on the family history. This has been going on for over twenty years; I leave it and come back to it, mostly assembling records and keeping track of marriages and deaths. It’s fun and instructional, which brings me back to it, and incredibly tedious, which drives me away again.

6)    Practice my ukulele chords. Every day. I promise.




And finally:



7)    Be a better person.





About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to

8 Responses to Resolutions 2014

  1. Jennifer says:

    Wow! Great resolutions!! They give great insight into your character and it’s easy to see why people like you. Mine are to be a better listener and to put the needs of others before my own…I’ll try!! 🙂 For real!

  2. starproms says:

    I like your resolutions. We should all take those and work with them.

    • We’ll see if I can keep them. So far so good, but it’s only been a few days . . .

      By the way, I finally got around to Miss Read. I finished Village School yesterday and am devouring Village Diary. Really charming. I am going to recommend this to some of my friends who like these kinds of books.

      • starproms says:

        Oh that’s great Loren. I’m so glad you’re enjoying her writing. I prefer the Fairacre stories: perhaps because they are written in the first person, but Miss Read herself liked the Thrush Green books best. She based them on a village in Oxfordshire, where she lived during the war years. The village was Witney. They are what I call ‘cosy books’, i.e. they make me feel good when I read them. Although the characters in the stories have their ups and downs, just like in real life, you can rest assured that in the main, no real harm will come to them. Her descriptions of the countryside are delightful are they not!
        Have you read ‘Sophie’s World’? I don’t mean ‘Sophie’s Choice!’ If you haven’t, I would recommend you put Sophie’s World on your wish list for sometime this year. I’d love to know what you think about it. It is written by Jostein Gardner.

      • I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the Fairacre books. I read three of them: Village School, Village Diary, and Storm in the Village, and I was mesmerized. Miss Read twice mentions the Diary of a Provincial Lady, so I ordered a copy of that too (it hasn’t arrived yet). Thanks for recommending Miss Read to me. Oh, and I ordered Sophie’s World too. I have finally gotten back into the mood for reading (I think the chemotherapy made me too muddleheaded to enjoy it).

      • starproms says:

        That’s great Loren. Reading is such fun and it transports me into other worlds. Sophie’s World has wonderful hooks at the end of all the chapters so you just keep wanting more and more. I hope it comes soon. Winter is the time for reading, A cosy nook and a good book and happiness moves in!

      • Looking forward to getting some new books. I go back to work in two weeks, so I don’t have much free time left . . .

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