The anti-resolution resolution

It’s just after 11:00 p.m. on January 1st, at least in this time zone. Technically it’s still New Year’s Day, although that is rapidly drawing to a close. I’ve been puttering around the house all day, working on home projects and thinking about how to proceed with the List and with this blog, after a year that can only be described as tumultuous.

I would love to say that everything is going back to normal, that we will proceed as usual, and all that. Chances are, this year will have its own tumult, and if there is one thing that I learned from 2023, there is only so much you can plan.

This is a rather shocking epiphany for someone who has literally named her business after a list. After a lifelong tendency to make lists about everything. I am a planner at the molecular level, I believe. Even before I could write, I would tell my parents about my plans for the day. So my increasing need for action without writing every single thing down has been astonishing, to say the least.

You may see things happening more quickly on occasion. We have many projects in the works for this new year, and some of the may fall flat. But some will work. For instance, I would like to do more schmoozes, and in more locations, but I’m not entirely convinced that that will work. You’ll have to bear with us, and we may need some help making that happen.

We have a list of in-person events that I would love to bring to fruition, and some of them will not work. But hopefully you will join in these experiments with me, and we will learn as much from the ones that don’t as the events that are roaring success.

I had plans to offer up a post looking back on the last year, discussing those we’ve lost, triumphs in the arts, and favorite things. That’s all been done before, of course. But more than anything, it seems more important to look forward. So let’s sum it up, shall we?

Happy New Year! 2024 is going to be quite a ride.

See you soon,

Lauri

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