Stop weekend binge watching Law and Order reruns (be aware: weekend tv binge watching and ice cream can be habit forming).

Recycle fortune cookie fortunes for next New Year’s resolutions.

Be patient with dust bunnies.

Request Anti-Harassment Training for your workplace.

Rest: go to bed earlier and Remember naps are not just for kids and pets.

Self-medicate in moderation with chocolate.

If you can not forgive, at least breathe.

Teaching isn’t all about being an expert.

Share my column with friends.

Learn something new as often as you can.

Withdraw your silent support for the local bully.

Give sincere compliments.

Create don’t steal.


Search for what you need (food, counseling, education).

Research,update and know when the plan is no longer working.

Read science fiction novels by Octavia Butler.

Do not abuse power.

Say hi (more often).

Check in with friends.

Remember” An accommodation is not a favor or charity and is be provided without attitude.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers…a lot. Her column now appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.