It’s been a little while since I’ve posted, I know.  I spent most of November working on a project for National Novel Writing Month.  I did not win.  However, I did write a great deal that I otherwise might not have composed, so I consider that a win.  Especially since I’m an advocate of recording stories – albeit we deal in true stories for The Abuelita Project, and NaNoWriMo was just a big exercise in fiction!  It was fun, it was a valuable learning experience, and it was insightful to me – do I really want to be a writer?

That being said, and with Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas just ahead, my thoughts wander toward 2017.  My E-mail inbox is filled with sales ads, tempting me to purchase this supplement or that book to improve my diet/physique/mind in 2017.  With just one click, I can join THOUSANDS who have lost 10, 20, 50 or more pounds with this one trick – just $19.95 plus shipping for one month, when you subscribe and agree to pay $49.95 per month for ETERNITY!  Who could resist?  Yeah, right.

Or I could earn my Ph.D. online, starting today!  Just enroll in Griffin-Slyther-Huffinpuff U and 2017 will be the year of my success!  Well, the only problem [not the only problem] is that one usually has graduated from a bona fide university with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree before they begin a higher level course of study.  Alas, I have not.  So, I might consider finishing my B.S. – Tennessee has a remarkable network of higher education options, which include online classes as well as on-campus experience.  But I think I’ll pass on the GSHU doctoral program.

But wait!  THERE’S MORE!  Always that extra little enticement… as though they sense, through the elements of time and space, that there is a hesitation.  The fingers quivering above the keyboard – will it be yes?  will it be no?   There’s a great deal to ponder.

In my case, it will almost always be NO.

“ponder” by Adam Hewett (c) 2016

You see, 2017 will be the year of my success, but not because I buy into some magic-sauce-formula-work-out-video-self-help-platform-internet-fairy-tale.  It will be because I value my family; because I treasure my friends; because I enjoy my work; because I’ve answered my calling.  So while many of us make resolutions – and there are always stories behind the resolutions – many of us abstain from making resolutions , with tales to tell there as well.

We look toward the future, we recognize the past, and we embrace the present.  Happy 2017!