By Kevin Williams
Well, here we are: 2016. Another year, another chance to wipe the slate clean and begin anew. This year I celebrate a quarter century of being editor/creator of The Amish Cook column, which continues to publish in newspapers across the nation (welcome to our newest, Monticello, Indiana!).
How long will I keep it going? I don't know. Time will tell. 25 years is a long time to do anything and nothing lasts forever. We'll see. But for the moment I focus on more pedestrian matters, like what my main resolutions are for the year. Some are too personal or just too boring (yea, I think that more than personal) to share. But here are some of my highlights and we'll revisit these a year from now and see if any came to fruition. Change is tough, and scary sometimes, but I do believe it is possible. The flicker of home that the candle of change emanates is what keeps me going, if it didn't exist, there'd be little point in striving to do one's best. The grass may always look greener elsewhere, but eventually we all get to a point in our lives when we just have to accept our own lawn and cultivate it the best we can and that's my mantra in 2016. So here are some of my shareable resolutions:
LOSE WEIGHT: For Pete's Sake, I don't need to lose THAT much. I wouldn't even qualify for the show "The Biggest Loser", they stipulate you must lose 100 pounds. If I lost 100 pounds I'd probably have to go the hospital. 30 - 40 pounds would be perfect. Tomorrow, I'll do a weigh in....
DENTAL WORK: Been vowing to go to the dentist to get some work done for years, I hope this is the year I get it done. I feel like curbing my Coke has helped my dental situation, I think all those years of guzzling fizzy, carbonated Coke did not help my teeth. So while I haven't sworn off my favorite beverage completely, I continue to hold it admirably at arm's length.
VISIT THREE NEW (FOR ME) AMISH/PLAIN COMMUNITIES: This doesn't sound overly ambitious,but with a 2-year-old at home my days of constant traveling are done for awhile. Still, there are some that I'd love to visit. I have been to Geauga County, Ohio before but it was 25 years ago so if I make it there this year I'd county it as an "honorable mention." Other settlements I'd like to make it to this year include: Grabill, Indiana (yes,incredible, but I have never been to that community before) or Vanceburg, Kentucky (a newer Amish settlement in Mason County, KY).
BOOKS - I have some surprises here, but I'd like to see some new books coming out of my pipeline in 2016 and I'm fairly certain we will. So stay tuned!
RUNNING: This sort of ties into number one, but I've been handcuffed by knee issues the past year or so....I'd like to get those neutralized and hit the running trails again by the time the warmth of summer arrives.