Reading, Writing and Blogging in ’09

I made it through the holiday, y’all.
Christmas Eve found me a bit crazy though (as my wife will attest)
What can I say, Maker’s Mark bourbon makes me silly.
Go figure.

But, I had fun, ‘kissing-my-brother-in-law on the cheek’ fun.
Yeah, I don’t think he liked it though.
My sister did give me the holiday hat of my dreams though.

We had all kinds of wonderful food to eat, music playing, inspired conversation, barrels of laughter, Rum Swizzles on ice, wine, beer and we were comfortably surrounded by family;
everything one needs to make the season bright.
You can probably tell from the picture at the top of the post which book I’m currently reading
(a present from my 3 wonderful girls)
I love Wally Lamb but his books do take some perseverance to get through.
Not that I’m complaining.
As a Patriots fan, after yesterday, I have lots of time to get my nose stuck in a book anyway.

I have realized that I’ve been seriously slacking in the reading department, something that changes today, not on January 1st.
To write, you have to read.
And today, it started with no conceivable end in sight.
As far as writing goes, reading helps me and pushes me in a forward direction.
I have no doubt that 2009 will be a great writing year for me.
As far as the blog goes, I won’t be very far away but I’ve made some serious creative promises to myself and will try like hell to keep them. (or Laho will kick my arse)
Damn these New Year resolutions.

Will I give up Guinness?
Yeah, right.

Will I give up blogging?
Don’t think so.

Will I cook less Risotto?
Not if my daughters have anything to do with it.

Will I stop smoking cigars?

It’s a new year and a fresh chance to chase my dreams.
Many will come true this year.
I just have to keep on believing and praying.
Catch all of you in ’09.
I wish all of you the very best that this life has to offer.
The candles are lit and the prayers waiting to be whispered.
Please let me know if you need one.
Happy New Year, folks.
And go easy on the MSG, okay?
My pen is ready.
It’s time to rock, folks . . .

13 thoughts on “Reading, Writing and Blogging in ’09

  1. It really sucks that the Pats will be sitting at home with that many wins. Crazy stuff. New Year’s resolutions are meant to be broken so it’s best not to make any at all.

    The Patriots still had a wonderful season considering all they had to deal with.
    Here in New England, God help you if you’re a Jets fan these days.
    And yeah, screw the resolutions.
    Happy New Year, bud.

  2. I wish for nothing but good things for you all this coming year Michael…
    Keep the faith, and don’t ever lose sight of your dreams…to lose sight of our dreams is to admit we are defeated…if it were in my power to make every dream each of you have, I would do it in a heartbeat….
    Happy New Year to you all

    Thanks, Moe.
    You understand better than most.
    Wishing the best for you Mark and the family in ’09
    {{{hugs right back}}}

  3. Never give up the Guinness! Mead of the Gods, so it is.

    Ah, now that we’ve got the Irish on the table…I’ll have a few poems to recommend from my past.

    Glad you had a grand time – I know what you mean about retard. While at my in-laws the weekend before Christmas, I had a bit too many schnaps and then attempted to post comments on an ancient iMac. The expletives spilled out onto the keyboard and thankfully, my friends did not publish my remarks. You’re lucky – I couldn’t recall your url (couldn’t see to navigate the darn iMac screen) so I never bestowed my “good wishes” upon YOUR fine blog.

    Sláinte! and Happy New Year!

    Thanks for a great read – everytime.


    Thanks so much, Kat.
    I kinda wish you’d remembered my URL.
    We could have had some fun with that . . . :mrgreen:
    Happy New Year, kiddo!
    The best to you and K in ’09

  4. I just bought the Lamb for myself for Xmas…any good?

    So far, it’s like everything else I’ve read by the man: wonderful.
    He’s already got me hooked and I’m only through 150 pages.
    Check out “I know this much is true” as well.
    Phenomenal book.

  5. Well, you sound refreshed. The only retard at my Christmas was my sister, who was high on pain meds after having surgery to repair a crushed elbow 3 days before. She put on her sequined jester’s hat and still beat us at Mahjong! God bless retards!

    Ah, pain meds. The best. :mrgreen:
    Happy New Year, Lolly!
    The best to you and yours in ’09

  6. I used to read all the time but I have been slacking also. In lieu of blogging this past weekend I read “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy. I really liked it a lot. It reminded me of how much I liked to read.

    This was a very positive post and I hope you catch all your dreams this year. I think I will catch a few of mine. Have a wonderful New Year and don’t get into the bourbon too much. Though I know I will be sliding down a few rum and diet cokes.

    Tanks, Joan.
    Just got in from my New Years gig and decided to answer a few comments.
    Yours is the first I’ve answered in the new year. (bet you feel priveledged, huh? :wink:)
    No bubbly for me tonight but I am working on a few fingers of Makers Mark as I write this.
    Bedtime soon.
    Be well.

  7. To you and yours all the very best for 2009 :)

    I only realised today that I didn’t get any books for Christmas, How sad is that??? Off to the book sales I go. I need to read, like some people need to breathe and I haven’t done it (reading that is) for a long time.

    I look forward to seeing where your blog takes us in the New Year. I will be here. And make sure that you chase your dreams, for without dreams none of us have anything to really strive for. I have lots of dreams, some realistic and some not, but they keep me going, especially on the darker days when all seems hopeless.

    This year will be a journey in many ways.
    I plan on showing up to the blank page every day.
    What happens after that is anyone’s guess.
    Thanks so much for dropping by, Gem.
    Much appreciated.
    Happy New Year.

  8. Hey there,
    just dropping by to wish the Murphy family a Happy New Year, hope your weather is a little friendlier than ours at the moment. Michael, thanks for stopping by the other day.

    (BTW did you get my e-mails I sent in return? Just checking as I know for a fact that one of my earlier ones didn’t make it. Seems you may be allergic to my crackberry sends? ;-) ).

    Anyway, looking forward to another year with your inspiring, touching, funny, white on black, gorgeously crafted posts, and hopefully, who knows, maybe I’ll get to buy you dinner this year?

    Big hug to Boston,


    Such a wonderful comment, Spaz.
    Thank you.
    I think I’ve received one email from you. Will have to look though.
    “white on black, gorgeously crafted posts”
    Damn, I like the sound of that.
    Dinner? We’ll have to find a way to make that happen.
    Happy New Year to you and B.
    be safe, be warm, be well

  9. Glad indeed to see you made it through the humbugs to the New Year. Happy chasing into 2009.

    stay well and warm.

    I made it through kiddo.
    Nice to see that someone is looking after me.
    Lord knows, I can’t do it all. ;)
    Thank you for all your visits and kind words this year.
    I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, I love when I see a comment from you.
    Peace and love to you and yours in ’09
    Be well,

  10. So you got the email by the way that Patriot fan in hiding name is “Brady” my friends Golden

    I did, my friend.
    Awesome pic, too!

  11. Oh yeah, I know all about being the retard this holiday season – and I will be writing about it soon enough.

    As far as Resolutions? I stick with my Un-Resolutions of things I will not do this year.

    Un-resolutions work as well.
    I have faith in you, Grimm

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