In a flash of inspiration, I had identified “Determined” and “Positive” as my watchwords for 2016. I’ve never had a watchword for a year before. This will be cool, I thought, and keep me focused.
I felt the big new schedule looming over me, and I was neither determined nor positive. But life stepped in. Saving me from my new plan was the deadline that trumps all others: the daily clock of the dogs. Every single morning, come sweltering humidity or driving sleet, the dogs must walk. They wait impatiently while I drink a little coffee, then off we go.