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This Year, I Resolve to Eat From Everything Life Has to Offer 0

Posted on December 31, 2009 by Todd Civin

It's Not Time Square but....it is a kiss...

It's Not Time Square but....it is a kiss...

“Spread love everywhere you go; first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor. Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.”-Mother Teresa

While many sports lovers see New Year’s Day as a day to watch copious football, recover from ample over indulgence and, this year, to prepare for hockey from, of all places, Fenway Park, I am trying to embrace the New Year as one, last ditch effort to produce…that word again…change.

Tick-tock..tick tock…I glance down at my watch tonight..New Year’s Eve..It’s 11:55 PM, December 31st. Five more minutes until the New Year. I sprint over to the buffet table and grab a final fistful of Lays overflowing with onion dip (several hours old and slightly coagulated). I wash down, yet another plastic cup of bubbly. I chew rapidly. One eye on Time Square and the other scouring the buffet table to see if there is one last, tasty morsel that I can down before the ball drops. Read the rest of this entry →

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