December 2020

by Tom Swift

31 Thursday

  • The healing power of exercise.
  • Resistance training for longevity.
  • Cafe coffee.
  • A hard-won draft.
  • Learning about the law.
  • The promise of white chicken chili and ciabatta bread.
  • New Year’s Eve.
  • 2020. Yes, really.
  • When Harry Met Sally.

29 Tuesday

  • The people who administer COVID-19 tests.
  • One thing that’s working: you can go get a test without leaving your car.
  • When you trudge through a book’s first half, wondering how you are ever going to get through, then find yourself learning and thinking in new ways during the second half.
  • Ibuprofen.

28 Monday

  • Sick days when you need them.
  • A boss that understands.
  • Care without leaving home.
  • Capsule Pharmacy.
  • Getting to sleep through the night.
  • Ricola.
  • Television.
  • Hot chicken soup.

27 Sunday

  • Clarity.
  • Contribution.
  • Walks while it snows.
  • Melatonin.
  • Fierce Attachments.
  • Simple Human.
  • Your dog’s old blanket.
  • Your job.
  • Vitamin C.

26 Saturday

  • A good night of sleep.
  • Green tea.
  • Honey.
  • Hot drinks on a cool throat.
  • Hunger.
  • Day-old spaghetti. With meatballs.
  • Wit.
  • Moments when you realize that you like yourself.
  • Moments when you can see an ailment’s end.
  • Commitments.
  • The smoke that emits from your neighbor’s chimney.

25 Friday

  • Movies. On a day when you are sick.
  • Hot tea.
  • A little buddy ready to cuddle.
  • Tylenol.
  • Alan Rickman.
  • The sweet final moments of Christmas Day, when it’s over but it’s not. You can still here Christmas music — the bells are still ringing — for just a little while longer.

24 Thursday

  • Charlie Brown Christmas music.
  • An unexpected gift.
  • The postal service.
  • Safe at home with the little buddy during a snow storm.
  • Landing the week well.
  • Time.
  • Snowplow personnel.
  • Freedom.
  • Having enough.
  • Christmas Eve.

23 Wednesday

  • Extra dough.
  • Moist cookies.
  • Mr. Keating.
  • Farmer carries.
  • Melatonin.
  • Ginger.
  • Keeping an open mind.
  • Colored Christmas lights.
  • Homemade hamburgers.

22 Tuesday

  • Morning movement.
  • Winter.
  • Writing while walking.
  • Walking in new places.
  • A tired dog.
  • A hungry dog.
  • Surprise cookies.
  • Opportunities. Ideas. Dreams.
  • Pink skies.
  • Kale for breakfast.
  • Acceptance.

21 Monday

  • Simple Human.
  • Simple things.
  • The gift of laughter.
  • Balmy days.
  • Walking and talking.
  • A new era.
  • Krinkle-cut fries.
  • A new (to you) cookie: the kringla.
  • Kind neighbors.
  • Holiday weeks.
  • Jupiter. Saturn. Old friends. Together again.

20 Sunday

  • The Winter Solstice.
  • The brevity of wit.
  • Saying just enough.
  • Taking a phone break.
  • When in doubt, read.
  • Frank Deford.

19 Saturday

  • The gift of sharing.
  • Feedback. The internal kind.
  • Having others you can rely on.
  • The clarity of time.
  • Moments of freedom.
  • French fries.

18 Friday

  • This moment.
  • Letting go of the one just past.
  • Your couch.
  • Opportunities to expand self-awareness.
  • Sorting through the disparate parts of you to find the one you like best.
  • Lentil soup to dunk your bread in.

17 Thursday

  • Sleeping through the night.
  • Morning: the best time of the day.
  • Shared experience. Even while tired.
  • Having enough.
  • Increasing your security.
  • Being a hoarder of the right things.
  • Knowing you have a break coming soon.
  • Living on the edge: buying a new (to you) variety pack of oatmeal.

16 Wednesday

  • Your beating heart.
  • The feel of your fingers.
  • Alpha waves. Beta, too.
  • Morning water.
  • Making it to payday.
  • One good conversation.
  • Your journal.
  • Morning motivations.
  • Brown rice and beef because it’s there.

15 Tuesday

  • Morning clarity.
  • The chance to teach.
  • Your neuroses.
  • The heat.
  • Hot tea.
  • Long underwear.
  • Your passion.
  • Making decisions.
  • The sounds your dog makes when he dreams.
  • Getting by.

14 Monday

  • Morning greetings.
  • Evening chats.
  • Morning warmth.
  • Evening cool.
  • Bodyweight squat challenge.
  • The compound effect of daily pushups.
  • Eating through the fridge.
  • Morning meditation.
  • Bruce Springsteen’s Letters to You.
  • Honey.

13 Sunday

  • Making it to the other side.
  • A reprieve.
  • The chance to rest.
  • The Democracy Coalition.
  • Salad.
  • Walks you squeeze into a work day.
  • When your dog can work with you.
  • Steve Schmidt.
  • Remembering who you are.
  • Slow-cooked chicken thighs.
  • Sundays.

12 Saturday

  • Water.
  • Being uncomfortable.
  • Doing your own thing.
  • Supporting yourself.
  • Whipped cream.
  • Reading time.
  • Having the park to yourself.
  • Helping out a stranger.

11 Friday

  • Opportunities.
  • Early morning writing.
  • Your dog’s yawn.
  • Your dog’s sigh.
  • Short days.
  • A made bed.
  • A hungry stomach.

10 Thursday

  • Being trusted.
  • Being good.
  • Being asked.
  • Pepperoni pizza cooked just right.
  • A quick game of ball. Outside. In December.
  • Jerry Seinfeld.
  • 100 push-ups a day.

9 Wednesday

  • Having a little buddy with you while you work.
  • Dancing with yourself.
  • Hearing the nicest thing.
  • Apples and blueberries.
  • Big dinners.

8 Tuesday

  • Reasonable people.
  • Understanding people.
  • How you deal with difficult people now.
  • Hamburger night. With tater tots.
  • Sumo squats.
  • How soft your dog still is.
  • Ibuprofen.
  • Tea that makes you sleepy.

7 Monday

  • The theme to Hill Street Blues.
  • The idea of America.
  • The men and women who fought and died for that idea.
  • The men and women who fight today for that idea.
  • Bones your dog does flips over.
  • The compound effect of meditation.
  • Garlic shrimp.

6 Sunday

  • Extra reading time.
  • Evening stretching.
  • The nap that was calling you.
  • Finally finding someone who can article precise benefits from meditation — and how you experience them.
  • Long walks with no wind.
  • Oatmeal for dinner.
  • Lenny & Squiggy.

5 Saturday

  • Moments of bliss.
  • When you know you’re going to get there.
  • Corn-chip chili. With cheese.
  • Working at home.
  • Winging it.
  • Ending a busy week in a really good place.
  • The confidence that comes from repetition.
  • Salad kits.

4 Friday

  • Your house!
  • That you get to go for walks right after work.
  • When your little buddy sleeps on your lap.
  • When you realize you do have a box of macaroni and cheese in the cupboard, and just in time to become a dinner side.
  • The feedback you get from inside about what is right for you to say and do.
  • The last twenty-five pages of a book.
  • The home-stretch of a busy week.

3 Thursday

  • Your ability to hear.
  • The learning that occurs when you ask good questions.
  • Fast days.
  • Broccoli slaw.
  • Getting over hump day during a busy week.
  • Falling asleep without trying.
  • Hemp shakes.

2 Wednesday

  • Free time.
  • The absence of a usual stress.
  • Happy dog.
  • A good report.
  • A lesser bill.
  • Cereal as a midnight snack.
  • Hours that fly by.
  • A warm bed.

1 Tuesday

  • The promise of the morning.
  • Playtime.
  • Deep sleep.
  • The reflection of holiday lights on windows.
  • Evening exercise.
  • Evening reading.
  • Getting ahead.
  • Keeping your head above water.
  • Chocolate-chip cookies.