Deliberate

Blog pix 1814 As in, think before speaking, slow down and focus. Naturally I assumed that this meant I would become graceful, calm, cool, collected and wise. Ah, the power of a single word. It just doesn't have the magic it used to.

But it is a word I'd like to keep as a touchstone this year.

DELIBERATE

adj. dɪˈlɪbərɪt; v. dɪˈlɪbəˌreɪt/  [adj. dih-lib-er-it; v. dih-lib-uh-reyt]   adjective, verb, -at·ed, -at·ing.

adjective
1.Carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional: a deliberate lie.

2.characterized by deliberation; careful or slow in deciding: a deliberate decision.

3.leisurely and steady in movement or action; slow and even; unhurried: a deliberate step.
verb (used with object)

4.to weigh in the mind; consider: to deliberate a question.
verb (used without object)

5. to think carefully or attentively; reflect: She deliberated for a long time before giving her decision.

6.to consult or confer formally: The jury deliberated for three hours.

Origin:

1350–1400;  ME < L dēlīberātus  (ptp. of dēlīberāre  to consider), equiv. to dē- de-  + līber ( āre ) to balance, weigh (deriv. of lībra  balance, scales) + -ātus -ate
Synonyms
1. purposeful; willful. Deliberate, intentional, premeditated, voluntary  refer to something not happening by chance. Deliberate is applied to what is done not hastily but with full realization of what one is doing. Premeditated is applied to what has been planned in advance. Voluntary is applied to what is done by a definite exercise of the will and not because of outward pressures: a voluntary enlistment. 2.methodical, thoughtful, circumspect, cautious. 3. See slow 4. ponder. 5. cogitate, ruminate. 
Antonyms 
1.  accidental. 2.  impulsive, precipitate.

We'll see. Hopefully this year will be a little more balanced in that I won't be working a million hours a week all year long. I think I've seen my best friends a total of ten times combined last year.

Blog pix 1851 BOOKS

Here's a fun little New Year's meme I found at Margaret's Books Please. I've used titles from my 2010 books read. (Eighty three (83) total, two read halfway then skimmed through, one read and trashed, all but 12 by virtue of my library card and those 12 were from my shelves! It can be done! I wouldn't have believed it. The oldest one was written in 1900, The History of Civilisation Vol 1, edited by Crane Brinton, followed by Margery Sharpe's 1937's The Nutmeg Tree. Sixteen (16) written in 2010, due, no doubt, to the lure of the New Book section by the check out counter.)

I spent my New Year’s Eve: at Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel)    

I’ve made a resolution to: Bury Your Dead (Louise Penny)

I plan to quit my habit of: Changes (Jim Butcher)

I hope I’ll get to visit: The Emperor of Ocean Park (Stephen L Carter)

One project I didn’t finish last year but want to finish this year is:  Reality Dysfunction (Peter Hamilton)  

I want to learn:  Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street (Michael Lewis)

I’m not looking forward to: Motiveless Malignity (Louis Auchincloss)

My biggest dream for the year is:  Laced With Magic (Barbara Bretton)


I hope I don’t end up: Breaking out of Bedlam (Leslie Larson)

I’ll probably spend a lot of time: Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (Martha Nussbaum)