"You have 365 new blank pages. What will you write on first blank page?"
Lailah Gifty Akita


HEALTHY START TO NEW YEAR:
Julia poses for camera perched high up on sand dune north of Malibu, CA on January 1, 2016.

New Year's Resolutions for 2016

"New Year's Day is every man's birthday."
Charles Lamb

New Yorkers ring in the New Year on December 31, 2015.

YEAR OF 2016

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.

Rich Geib's 2016 New Year's Resolutions!

What should I do? Where to go? How to live?

  • Adjust to new life with children out of daycare/preschool and in the public school system.

    After almost eight long years, we have one daughter in kindergarden and another in third grade. The long years of paying for daycare and nannies are over and our daughters are no longer so young and needy. It is well earned. Vacations? Home improvements? Another era in family life arises!

  • Post regular essays to personal webpage.

    I had some good momentum towards the end of 2015 that I would like to continue. Make it happen!

  • Finish work examples on professional page.

    Yes, it will involve some tedious writing and webwork, but it is important. If you invested years and untold hours to creating the curriculum, why fail to put in just a few dozen hours to chronicle and make sense of it all?

  • Teach three weeks of summer school to cover some of the cost of backyard construction project.

    Three weeks is not so much time. Grit your teeth and do it.

  • Cook dinner and clean up after meal two times per week.

    Now that bedtime rituals are abating and that is so much easier, use your newly freed up time to help Maria by cooking dinner and cleaning up twice per week.

  • Rotator cuff surgery and full recovery.

    You know the deal with recovering from shoulder injury. Now do it one more time after surgery to have a shoulder that functions correctly.

  • Cover huge swatches of Robert Caro series on Lyndon Johnson while recovering from rotator cuff surgery.

    You are going to have some free time on your hands, and that has not happened in YEARS. Instead of binge watching some show on Netflix put in the time and attention to do some serious historical reading. Invest in a worthwhile project that will require effort and concentration.

Here is the reading lineup at this time:

    • "The Year of Living Biblically" by A.J. Jacobs
    • "Joe Rochefort's War: The Odyssey of the Codebreaker Who Outwitted Yamamoto at Midway" by Elliot Carlson
    • "The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York" by Robert Caro
    • "The Path to Power" by Robert A. Caro
    • "Means of Ascent" by Robert Caro
    • "Master of the Senate" by Robert Caro
    • "The Passage of Power" by Robert Caro

Make some kind of dent in the Netflix queue --

    • Brooklyn
    • The Revenant
    • Tangerine
    • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    • Time Out of Mind
    • The End of the Tour
    • Love & Mercy
    • Bridge of Spies

PAST YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS:

Year of 2016

Year of 2015

Year of 2014

Year of 2013

Year of 2012

Year of 2011

Year of 2010

Year of 2009

Year of 2008

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Year of 2006

Year of 2001

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Year of 1999

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