2019 was weird. For me it was a year of more introspection than may be healthy. My own circumstances were pretty positive – good health, solid finances, a long road trip in the middle of it all. But at the same time, I saw a number of things going on around me that gave me pause for thought, things that made me consider where I’ve been, where I am, and where I’m going.

Which brings me to my resolutions. I’ve been posting them for the last several years as well as my monthly progress towards meeting them as a means of holding my own feet to the fire. But I don’t think they’ve been particularly informative to the readers (if any) or motivational to me. Time to shake it up.

First, when I look at the list of my values, something’s missing.




I need to actively seek fun. Starting this coming weekend, my intent is to start a weekly piece, likely just a paragraph or two, that will just be a quick summary of what’s happened, how I did with values, what hung me up, blessings received, all that stuff. We’ll see how it all works out.

I will no longer post my resolutions. I'll have them, but I just won't post them and I hopefully won't be so anal tracking them. It's just not, well, fun. I'll replace them with Shin's Journal. It will appear shortly.

I'm also going to consider listening to CDs a scholarly pursuit and place new ones in that section. Or I may hang this off my Musician section. I just don't know yet.

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But anyhow, I'm happy to see 2019 go and I'm happy to see 2020 start, and I hope you feel the same, at least the happy to see 2020 start bit.


One thing I'm grateful for when it comes to 2019 was Jim Jeffries. He had a weekly comedy show that ran on the Comedy Channel at 10:30, just before the Daily Show. In addition to being hysterically funny, his sign-off was worth remembering. "I think we can all do better."

Yes we can. Let's start by having a little more fun!


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02/11/20 - There will be no monthly update. Deleted resolutions                  section.

01/03/20 - Monthly update completed.

12/06/19 - Monthly update completed.

11/03/19 - Monthly update completed.

10/07/19 - Monthly update finally completed.

09/01/19 - Monthly update finished. 5 Towns visited

08/26/19 - Who Is Shin? introduced. My post-retirement                              resume. Me in a nutshell.

08/12/19 - Monthly update finished. Big stuff!

07/10/19 - Monthly update finished.

06/09/19 - Added the 7 Book Challenge to the Scholar section.                    Revised the main Scholar page to reflect my current                    status.

06/05/19 - Monthly update completed. Buttons color coded.

05/28/19 - Monthly update started. Should be minimal but                            significant.

05/21/19 - Added 8 towns to the 53 Town Pledge.

05/06/19 - Monthly update completed, including the "scholar"                      section which I forgot about until today!