Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

December 28, 2012

For the New Year, resolve to ‘not stop’ doing all the things you like to do

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — I really hate the first of the year – the time when you are supposed to make New Year's resolutions. I've never been able to keep my promises, regardless of what I resolve to do or not do.

In years past, I've resolved to lose weight. I start out OK, but I eventually fall off the wagon and end up gaining more weight than I lose.

I've also resolved to stop drinking Cokes, but I've never been able to stick to that resolution either.

The only way I can keep a New Year's resolution is to resolve to keep doing the things I'm already doing that are either good for me or are just plain fun.

For example, a long time ago I resolved to not stop getting lost in a really good book. Reading is one past time I dearly love and can't imagine going through life without taking the time to read a great novel.

I've also resolved to not stop enjoying a rainy afternoon. Most people would probably think my love for rainy weather is weird, but that's OK. They are entitled to their opinions.

To me, a rainy afternoon is a great time to curl up with a good book, to take a nap or to watch a movie on TV.

I've also resolved not to stop liking animals, specifically dogs. While I have no pets myself due to my lease agreement, I enjoy watching Animal Planet. The program, “Too Cute,” is among my favorite programs on the network. I also enjoy watching “Animal Cops,” particularly segments about the Houston SPCA when they have to capture pigs. It's hilarious!

I've also resolved to not stop enjoying the company of good friends and family, taking photos of nature, whether it be a pretty flower or a cool-looking butterfly, eating speckled butter beans, country ham and chicken livers (not necessarily together or in that particular order) and toasting marshmallows over a campfire.

The one thing I probably should resolve to do is stop using double negatives, such as not stop. I guess that's one resolution I'll have to resolve to keep. Maybe it will be the one that will stick.