Don’t walk around with blinders on.

Enjoy a good draft once in a while.




Take the time for a closer look.

It could be a place, an idea, a book, a piece of art or music, or a person.



“Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.”

That’s from the King James version of Proverbs, often restated or paraphrased as

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”

Or even shorter, “Sometimes you gotta wise up and put a cork in it.”


When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Cobble something together with what you got.



Recognize the value of family groups.

“Water, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anyone.”

(Mark Twain)


Take the stairs.

(Establish a national holiday to celebrate Nathan Ames, Leamon Souder, Jesse Wilford Reno and Charles Seeburger.)

(The guys who invented escalators, so that we can tell people we took the stairs without involving ourselves in all that nasty exercise.)


Reuse.  Recycle.



Don’t forget to put your bike away when you get home.

Warn others that bicycle-eating trees are a real thing.




Try to look at things from a different angle.

(Museum snack bar from overhead.)



Look for something interesting in the old and worn.



Be aware that the thing you’re focused on may not be the most meaningful.



Celebrate the moments of happiness.



All my best wishes to my friends here on WP.  I hope 2023 is a good year for all of us. 


A handful of resolutions


36 thoughts on “A handful of resolutions

    • Thanks, Bruce, cheers. I’ve enjoyed your album reviews all through the year, and you’ve introduced me to some interesting new music. Or at least, new to me, even if it’s audio archaeology from the ancient ’70’s. 🙂 Best wishes for a great time in 2023.

  1. pinklightsabre says:

    Happy new year good sir and loved this! Appreciate you and your sharp, kind-hearted wit. Always take the stairs, indeed. Peace out! ✌️

  2. Look at that! Only the first day of the year and already my hope for more of your witty, amusing, and on-point posts has been fulfilled. Here’s to even more in the year to come. I wonder how many of your readers have draft horses as friends; that was a great pun. I like the photo of the cobblestone building in that warm sunlight, but I’m dying of curiosity about the photo of the trees reflected in the old window. What are the two rectangular white places? I thought tape at first, and then I considered some sort of odd artifact created by the camera lens. Inquiring minds want to know — clearly, curiosity has lived on into the new year. Here’s to a happy one for you!

    • Thank you, Linda, that’s so nice. The old window is on one of the few buildings left at the former Army depot in Romulus, NY, and I think the two white rectangular marks are windows on the far side of the building. I had to take the picture through a chain-link fence so I couldn’t get as close as I wanted.
      2022 had its challenges but I’m looking forward to a great year for all of us. and more great essays and photos from you.

  3. Thank you, Robert, for your New Year’s wishes.
    I wish you a good 2023, most of all in the best of health,
    P.S.: for many years now my only new year’s resolution has been to have none at all. That’s the easiest to keep. 😉

  4. Good advice, all around. I’ll continue to look for something interesting in the old and worn – every time I look in the mirror. And I’ll definitely keep an eye out for trees with unusual appetites.

    Hope you have a great 2023!

  5. Your first line works for me, Robert 🙂
    A brillant sparkling outstanding New Year to you too!!🥂✨️🎉
    PS Never rest against a tree 😅

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