Happy New Year!
“The world as we know it is in for some dramatic and devastating changes.” There’s lots being said about 2012. Perhaps it won’t be the apocalypse, but it may be a time of considerable transformation.

I like to begin with something manageable like New Year’s Resolutions.
I was inspired by my hairstylist, Michelle, who told me that her resolution for the past year was to see more concerts.
What a novel idea — no self-denial, or personal improvement, but a plan to have more fun and enjoyment.
That’s my challenge to myself and to you: some resolutions to increase the exhilaration coefficient.

Here’s another set of ideas to help us get back to basics:
All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten
by Robert Fulghum

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.
(or SEE as the case may be)

If you haven’t got all your changes and resolutions figured out, relax.
Supposedly we have until December 21, 2012.

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