Well, in just a few days, we’ll say farewell to 2022 and ring in 2023. ‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions — those goals we set for ourselves in late December and have often forgotten by mid-January. As the editor of the Choteau Acantha for the past 32 years (it’ll be 33 in July), I’ve made (and broken) lots of New Year’s resolutions over the years. Most of my resolutions involve diet and exercise — as in I will lose 10 pounds and keep it off. And, I will exercise 420 minutes a week and log 1,000 miles of running. Some have touched on housework: I will vacuum and dust and clean all the bathrooms weekly at home and at the office. Others have involved budgeting: I will set a budget for groceries and other household expenses and stick to it. I’ll cook more meals at home and cut down on take-out or eat-out. Yet others involve self-improvement: I’ll practice my clarinet six hours a week, and I’ll read “important literature or nonfiction” before I allow myself the guilty pleasure of an urban fantasy or a murder mystery.

This year, at the ripe middle age of 56 (57 in 18 days), I’m feeling less inclined to come up with New Year’s resolutions that I can’t or won’t keep. (Don’t get me wrong! I’m still aiming to lose weight and exercise more, I’m just not making it “official.”)

Instead, I’m thinking about resolutions I can make as the editor of the Acantha, things I can motivate myself to do that will make this newspaper better and more valuable to our readers. Here are three resolutions — or more accurately stated goals — for 2023 that I hope to accomplish: