Today is January 1st, 2015—the first day of a brand-new year. The slate is clean, ready for us to continue the story of our lives. Many are the plans. Some of them will be accomplished, others will vanish into the nothingness in less time than you can wink an eye. It happens to us all many times, but stubbornly each year we make new promises. That’s the nature of the beast.
Here I go with my resolutions for the infant year. I have selected only a few, and firmly expect to carry out each one. Let me expand.
This is a very important activity in my life as a retiree with plenty of time and a tight wallet. This situation usually comes with the territory. My commitment in this area is to improve my skills as much as I can, specifically in the areas of close-up and macro photography, proper use of speedlites and accessories, photographs shot is RAW instead of JPEG, learning how to use Lightroom 5, and acquire a new mirrorless camera. This should keep me busy during the year.
I’m 68. As much as I want to retard the aging process, the body continues to travel South. My visits to the doctor are every three months and medications are a necessity that I can’t neglect. This year I plan to visit my dentist to start a teeth reconstruction program. For too long I have placed this project in the back burner. This year my commitment is to get it done. No more excuses!
Year 2015 will continue with learning the English language. My pledge is to increase my blog posts about this fascinating subject. Since I was six, I’ve had this love-hate relationship with English. I will continue with this linguistic struggle as long as I can breathe.
Lingua Franca has changed its face, as you have probably noticed. There is a new main photograph of the site. It is not new. It has been used before, but I like it and decided it was time to bring it back to the surface. My commitment is to publish at least one post every day with different contents. Photography will be strong in Lingua Franca, but I want to include English, technology and world news as well.
Last but not least, I wish to warmly thank the readers of Lingua Franca for taking part of their time to read or view what I have to offer every day. The site has received 1,297,963 page hits since its birth and is being read in more than 203 countries around the world. For me this is like living a miracle. You are responsible for making this true.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank the following persons for their continued support during all these years.
- Don Ray
- Abe Lincoln
- Jim and Nena
- Oldsalt 1942
- Desley Jane
- John & Susan
The rest of the readers are anonymous. I don’t know their names, but they exist because the number of page hits increase every day. That means that somebody out there is viewing the blog. I wish I had the words to thank you properly, but as you know, I’m pretty clumsy with words.
Thank you very much for being here with me and wish you the very best during this upcoming year 2015.
I’ll end this post with the words of C.G. Jung, “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” Good Day.