Resolution or not, here comes 2014

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Here it is, the beginning of the year, and I do not have any New Year’s resolutions. No core-shattering epiphanies, no.

According to, the top resolutions from around the country are:

• Lose weight;

• Volunteer to help others;

• Quit smoking;

• Get a better education;

• Get a better job;

• Save money;

• Get fit;

• Eat healthy food;

• Manage stress;

• Manage debt;

• Take a trip;

• Reduce, reuse and recycle, and,

• Drink less alcohol.

Christine and I didn’t make any giant resolutions, but we do want to hang out with friends more often than we have since we moved here. I am glad to say we already have had a friends’ night with kids, pizza and games. In-person socializing is far better than any television show.

I do have several ongoing projects that I say I will do better each year.

I am trying to lose about 20 pounds — a tenth of myself — but I began that before the new year. Carrying around that extra spare tire means I move sluggishly when I am active. My competitive attitude thinks I should still play tennis like I did as a 20-year-old, 165-pounder in college. But that was many moons and far more than 20 pounds ago. Dropping some poundage does help my overall energy, something I need to help get one of the state’s largest weekly papers to the printer each week.

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