"New Year's Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual."
~ Mark Twain
This 1932 photo by Samuel H. Gottscho has nothing to do with New Year's Day except that it shows the city where I will be spending 2011 as I like to imagine it, and imagining is really the best we can do for a new year.
The start of a new year brings out great, gooey gobs of false cheer in some people and maudlin wallowing in others. To me it's a good day to hang up a new calendar and spend a little while — by which I mean no more than 30 minutes — assessing.
"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man."
~ Benjamin Franklin
This song by the Kinks sums up my wish for all the good people out there.
"It wouldn't be New Year's if I didn't have regrets."
~ William Thomas
I am not looking forward to the year in politics, when the new, GOP-dominated Congress tries to hand over what's left of our country to corporations and special interest groups. To those who are bought and paid for, I'm putting you on notice: I stand with Tom Petty.
Happy 2011, everyone. Make it the best year you can.
"Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account."
~ Oscar Wilde