Cyndi McCoy: Be sure to clean your plate |

Cyndi McCoy: Be sure to clean your plate

If the chaos of this past year left a bad taste in your mouths, 2009 brings us new ingredients to stir in and new flavors to spice things up.

There was the Wall Street bailout, Palin’s vice presidential nomination, the food and milk recall in China, Olympic torch relay protests, the downward spiral of the economy, and who can forget all the Amy Winehouse drama (and strangely enough, great music)?

Alas, folks, with the New Year, we find ourselves with a clean slate. Our plates have been cleaned and the table linens pressed for another Grand feast in Grand County.

You and yours, we and ours, have a whole new year to fine-tune those recipes and to grasp those dreams both great and small.

I suggest a slow simmer.

This year is going to be a full-course chow down and who wants indigestion? Chewing is important, which reminds me of this great movie with Matthew Broderick called “The Road to Wellville.” “Chew, chew, chew, it is the thing to do,” patients in an unusual health facility sing. (If you haven’t seen it, the movie’s worth checking out.)

Some bellies have bloated with funds from fortunate feasts of yore. For that slimming down of what actually is in our wallets might be in order. These are tight times but loosening the belt is not going to get us out from under the table.

Let’s set our eyes on the big portions, but exorcise our hunger modestly. When it comes to resolutions, the main course of goal-setting, aim high but aim low, too. We have to leave room for just desserts. And hey, I’m a dreamer; that doesn’t mean we can’t splurge once in a while. But we need to be happy with those smaller goals if we are unable to conquer our deepest desires in 2009. There’s another year for them just 363 days away.

While many of our resolutions are most likely unmet, we shouldn’t beat ourselves up over it. I still can’t play a lick of the harmonica, and the closest I got to learning to knit in 2008 left me with a lonely No. 6 needle and some yarn as impractical as the thought that I could whip out some cool scarf since a year ago Thursday. But there have been successes reached and we should not dim the shine on those goals we’ve met. After all, this is the first decade of the new millennium. Most anything is possible, and on that note maybe I will have a new scarf by next Christmas. Ho ho, maybe a blanket.

When you’re out and about, make sure to congratulate the Grand County Blues Society on receiving BluesWax’ “Best of” award for its Blue Star Connection story by Art Tipaldi. And make sure to check out The Holden Young Trio (with local Tom Camillo sitting in with Eric Rolls and Holden Young) at the Pub tonight. Also, to celebrate the New Year and the beginning of its fourth year of business, the Parshall Inn is offering a 10 percent discount on food items for the month of January.

Food for thought: “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” – T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding.”

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