Good morning, Netizens...
Since those who know me personally read Community Comments almost every day, I must pay particular attention to what I state are my New Years Resolutions, for I will have to abide by them. I made several resolutions last year, some of which I have never fulfilled, and as a result, I am constantly reminded of them by several persons who shall not be named. Unlike some of my other improbably long lists, my New Years Resolutions are fortunately short and in descending order of importance.
One: Each morning, seven days a week, I rise from my bed at approximately 3 AM, pour myself a cup of Mother McCree's Kick-Ass coffee custom-brewed to eliminate any doubt of its toxicity, and within seconds of taking my first sip of this indescribably mean-spirited, robust caffeinated blend, I light up my first of many cigarettes. Now one of average intelligence might ask how the Devil I have managed to survive sixty-four years with my pack-a-day habit. I haven't a clue. However I admit I simply have to eliminate this habit from my life. Not only is it an increasingly-expensive habit to maintain, it is ethically wrong to defile the temple in which I reside with such crap. However, I always drink coffee and smoke when I write, which creates another problem. Moreover, having tried to quit several times, I know the scope of the immense changes I have to make in my lifestyle in order to accomplish my goal. I will have to completely change my office around, eliminate the nicotine stains on the walls and learn to drive without a cigarette at the ready. This effort will not be simple nor fast. However, I need to quit.
Two: Altogether too often Blogs tend to be either 1. a rehash of the news as viewed from one perspective or another, 2. a thinly-veiled political set of arguments which attempt to sway one toward their way of seeing things, or 3. a set of rambling personal interludes. Community Comment tries to rise above all this, to be a warm place in the heart, sometimes written in fiction, sometimes not. It has a Virtual Ballroom consisting of ghosts and spirits and a Virtual Espresso Bar of utterly unique qualities. Although we offer some of the qualities of other Blogs, one of my New Years Resolutions is that so much as is possible, Community Comment shall endure so long as I draw breath.
Three: Like every man who stands tall in a system of beliefs, there is a woman, a tall creature with lustrous brown eyes, who stands beside me in everything I do. She is my guide, my helpmate and my best friend. Before anyone should ever give me credit for anything I do or say, they must carefully consider the substance of who she is, how she made it inside my consciousness and how carefully she guides my orisons. I must always keep all these things close to my heart, where I will carry them all the days of my life.
Four: Last and far from least there are a coalition of friends who often disagree with me on principle, but still remain my friends nonetheless. We cling together, bonding to one another in times both good and bad, and because we share willingly and joyously of ourselves with one another, we often become as one. Some of us have been friends for decades, and have thus stood the test of time. Therefore, one of my New Years Resolutions is always to be a good friend to those who will have me and to uphold and uplift my friends in this, the New Year.