But, let’s call them goals.
Why? I have no idea. There just seems to be something more permanent — more meaningful — when I make a list of goals.
When I write my thoughts down.
And as 2016 ended and 2017 began, I realized I want to make some personal commitments.
So, in 2017, I will…
1. Write more.
I’ve found recently that I have a lot more to say, especially as it pertains to education issues.
In November voters took us down a dangerous path in regards to the future of our public schools in “electing” Donald Trump and a supermajority in Indiana. Never in my lifetime have we been closer to abandoning our public schools than we are right now, both in Indiana and nationwide.
Make no mistake about it — if we fail to stop the corporate education “reform” train supported by those we have just elected, our democracy will suffer. And make no mistake about it, that is the intent of these corporate education reformers and their lackeys — to damage our democracy. They control our state and federal government, and their interest is anything but what’s best for children, or the future of our country.
So, I’m going to write about that. And speak out about that. A lot. And while I’m sure I’ll write about other issues, too –politics, reflections of a teacher, literacy, books, comic books (of course!), and just the weird thoughts that float through my mind — the corporate education “reform” con and the necessity of strong public schools to our community, state, and nation will be what I write about the most.
My goal — write and post at least two entries here each week.
I hope you’ll join me, follow my blog, and read and comment, even if you do not agree with all of my views. I seek discourse. I value all opinions.
But, I believe strongly in the coming months and years that we must speak out to protect the values and institutions that are so essential to our democracy. I plan to do that here.
2. Read more.
Let’s be honest – this is on my list every year.
My goals — read at least 50 books and 50 comic book trades this year.
3. Travel more.
I need to venture outside of Southern Indiana and beyond the comfort of my own couch.
So, my goal: Take three trips to states I haven’t traveled to in 2017, including a long trip in June or July.
And yes, I am open to suggestions.
4. Practice my faith more.
When faith becomes passive, we stop growing in our faith. God has blessed me beyond description, but I desire a steadier, more consistent relationship, too.
My goal: Develop and participate in a regular study of scripture in 2017.
So, that’s my 2017 summed up in four (somewhat) concise goals.
I’m excited to see what this year has in store. As always, I am blessed with the world’s best family and friends, so my true goal is to experience all that 2017 has to offer with them.