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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

MORE GLUTTONY — CHARLES WOMACK, PUBLISHER

My New Year’s resolution is to actually take a bigger bite out of life and enjoy it to the richest and fullest of my stomach and taste buds capacity. I am unwrapping a copy of a new cookbook I bought for my wife (really for me) entitled, This Is Why You’re Fat: Where Dreams Become Heart Attacks. The book is by Jessica Amason and Richard Blakeley and is priced at $9.99 on Amazon. This 135-page little food-lover’s overload features such amazing items as a bacon cheeseburger with Krispy Kreme donuts as the buns, grilled cheesecake sandwich, bacon cinnamon rolls, bacon chocolate chip cookies, the deep-fried MoonPie Burger, an 11-pound hamburger, a sandwich with 29,559 calories and many more marvels. I plan to start in the beginning of the book and work my way through the one item per week. Oh yeah… I guess I will have to invest in a gym or a new wardrobe.

QUIT SMOKING — BRIAN CLAREY, EDITOR

I have said this before. I have tried hypnotism, prescription drugs, nicotine gum and straight-up teeth clenching. Hell, last year I even went three months without a cigarette before succumbing to the devil within. But this year, 2010, is the year I turn 40, and I’d like to spend the next 40 years without a pack of smokes in my pocket. As of New Year’s Day, I am switching to cigars — which are much funnier than cigarettes.

BETTER COMMUNICATION — JORDAN GREEN, NEWS EDITOR

In 2010 I want to try to build more trust with elected officials so that the concerns raised in my stories are at least in the same universe with the aims of officialdom. I want to be less distracted by bloggers with narrow agendas whose preeminent goal is to intimidate journalists into silence. I want to try to engender more trust across racial lines by pursuing more communication. I want to try to get more in front of matters of public concern rather than being in reactive mode.

VOLUNTEER TIME TO A WORTHY CAUSE — KEITH T. BARBER, STAFF WRITER

Gratitude is the bedrock of happiness, and I can’t think of a better expression of pure gratitude than to volunteer a few hours a week to a local nonprofit engaged in helping the less fortunate. In the current recession, the hundreds of nonprofit social service agencies in the Piedmont Triad have been extremely hard hit. Donations appear to be holding steady, but the need for services is way up compared to this time last year. When I reflect on all the blessings in my life, I find there’s no good reason I can’t volunteer three to four hours a week for one of those agencies that keep the fabric of our society intact. At one time in our lives, we will all need help. I think of it as making a weekly deposit in my karmic bank account.

HOT YOGA — MICHELLE LANTERI, ADVERTISING DIRECTOR

My 2010 New Year’s resolution will start with an emphatic leap into hot yoga. I am looking forward to the warm experience and its benefits, including the increased hydration of my body. Call me a realist, but I’ve needed a concrete reason to drink my eight glasses of water a day for some time now. The rest of 2010 is up in the air. I’m not a fan of planning too far in advance; it’s safe to say that 30 days is my limit.

WRITE SOMETHING — LOREN BAILEY, GRAPHIC DESIGNER

I have seen and read hundreds of articles written by the YES! Weekly staff and contributors, but have never written one myself. Brian Clarey is always encouraging staffers to contribute written content to the paper, but I have never had the guts to do so. I’ve decided this year my New Year’s resolution is to write a feature article for YES! Weekly. So stay tuned to see a byline by yours truly.

FULFILL DEMOCRATIC PROMISES — JORDAN GREEN, NEWS EDITOR

My hope in Obama was betrayed shortly after his election, when he assembled his old-guard neoliberal economic team. For me, the promise of Obama’s election was always more about We the People than the rulers in Washington. I want to see community empowerment from the bottom up. I want to see people of ordinary means get together to fix our cities and rural communities. I want to see people put aside narrow self interests in favor of the greater good. I want to see people in the 21-45 age bracket take on leadership roles. I want to build a future of modest prosperity for myself and my fiancée.

DEVELOP MY ARTISTIC SIDE — KEITH T. BARBER, STAFF WRITER

Nov. 30, 2009 marked a seminal moment in my life. It was the day I completed my first feature-length documentary film. Dropping DVD copies of Any Given Friday in the FedEx box and submitting it to two film festivals was a profound moment indeed. The ripple effect appears to be a renewed desire to explore other avenues of artistic expression in the coming year. From spoken word to documentary film to visual art, I plan on embarking on a quest of self discovery that I believe will bring me closer to true fulfillment and a more expansive sense of self.

PURCHASE A FIREARM — RYAN SNYDER, MUSIC WRITER

With the day of our reckoning a mere three years away, the time is nigh to pick up the ownership and utilization of firearms as a serious hobby. Before you know it, marauding bands of scavengers will be the only thing between myself and whatever scant resources remain, so popping caps will be a way of life. And then there’s the zombies. I’m not talking about a Burt-from-Tremors kind of obsession; having that many is completely impractical, not to mention that an elephant gun was not meant to be a tactical weapon. I’m thinking more of an Omar Little-type look, with a sweet duster and a sawed-off 12-gauge hidden underneath.

SILVER LINING AND THE LITTLE THINGS — DEVENDER SELLARS, ART DIRECTOR

I am not one for New Year’s resolutions; instead, I look back at the last 12 months, often the past few years, and consider ways to further focus my life. As I move into next year I am going to enjoy the good times a bit more, struggle with the bad times with irreverent honesty, celebrate and cherish joyous times, laugh in the face of danger and show appreciation and love to my friends and family. Reveling in the small things is really the silver lining to life. I plan to take it all in, enjoying every moment.

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