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January 4, 2013

“Dream good” and “read lots good books”

Each new year is like a clean slate, a fresh start, a chance to make goals and follow through on them. It’s a time to refocus and reorganize, like a kind of life spring cleaning.

This week I’m thinking about 2013 and all that lies ahead and making my own mental list, even if I’m not writing things down– mostly to do with writing projects, career focus, spending time with my mom and family, being healthy, and possibly learning another language (something that typically appears on my list each year) like Swedish or French. Or both!

As I come up with my own resolutions, I’m enjoying reading ones written by others, from Benjamin Franklin to Mark Twain to Jonathan Swift to Marilyn Monroe.

My very favorite comes from legendary American folk musician and singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie, who wrote this funny, warm, and wise list in 1942 when he was thirty.

1. Work more and better
2. Work by a schedule
3. Wash teeth if any
4. Shave
5. Take bath
6. Eat good — fruit — vegetables — milk
7. Drink very scant if any
8. Write a song a day
9. Wear clean clothes — look good
10. Shine shoes
11. Change socks
12. Change bed clothes often
13. Read lots good books
14. Listen to radio a lot
15. Learn people better
16. Keep rancho clean
17. Dont get lonesome
18. Stay glad
19. Keep hoping machine running
20. Dream good
21. Bank all extra money
22. Save dough
23. Have company but dont waste time
24. Send Mary and kids money
25. Play and sing good
26. Dance better
27. Help win war — beat fascism
28. Love mama
29. Love papa
30. Love Pete
31. Love everybody
32. Make up your mind
33. Wake up and fight

Here’s to staying glad, loving everybody, keeping that hoping machine running, and reading lots good books!