1. Â Happy New Year! Have you made Â any resolutions for 2011? Â I used to celebrate every New Year’s Eve Day by going to a cafÃ©Â with my diary, where I spent a thoughtful few hours taking stock of the year gone by and listing my hopes and dreams for the new one. Â It has been a bit harder to manage this since having children, but I did pen a few thoughts the other night. Â It was fascinating to see how many of my resolutions had to do with online time management and limiting Internet access to certain times of day. Â It’s such a major distraction, really — and I think that other aspects of my life (namely, prayer and family time) will be stronger with a more intentional online schedule and less quick logging on at random times during the day.
That’s my big plan, anyhow!
2. Â Are you currently in a book club? Â If so, consider making Mary and Me one of your choices for the new year! Â Check out the brand-new reading guide questions … they’re in a PDF file, easy to download and print. Â The guide is Â also a good preview of the book itself.
3. Â Today is not just about resolutions and football and hangovers … it’s also about Mary. Â I’m reflecting on her today over at CatholicMom.com. It’s a great chance to think about new beginnings, and what Mary offers to us as we navigate life’s new starts.
4. Â After J.D. Salinger died last January, I wrote an article on the spiritual lessons of Holden Caulfield, his most famous protagonist Â (and one of my favorite literary characters of all time). Â If you missed the article in March, it’s being re-run over at BustedHalo as part of their annual Faithful Departed series.
Happy New Year! Â I hope that 2011 is a very meaningful and special one for you and yours.