For me, New Year’s resolutions, often hard to keep, are opportunities to make a determined effort to do something I feel is important. This year, I’m making three: I’m resolving to learn to speak Spanish, using Simon & Schuster’s Pimsleur method, 30 lessons on 16 audio CDs. Why Spanish? I live in New Mexico in the old Spanish village of Galisteo and although there are a lot of gringos in the ‘hood, I’d like to be able to converse with Hispanics in their native tongue. This will be my third attempt to learn Spanish but the first time I’ve made it a New Year’s resolution.
My second resolution is to practice playing the piano regularly. My goal? Thirty minutes a day.
And my third? To speak up for human rights, especially women’s. On the subject of equality, I’m reading a compelling book about women and girls across the globe who inspired author Sally Armstrong to write UPRISING: A New Age is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter.
Happy New Year!
Shirley Melis, Author of a memoir: "Banged-Up Heart: Dancing with Love and Loss"
I'm Shirley Melis. You may know me as Shirley M. Nagelschmidt, Shirley M. Bessey and now, Shirley M. Hirsch. Each reflects a particular phase of my life. Banged-Up Heart is a slice of my life's journey and in telling my story, I'm giving voice to my long silent "M" by reclaiming my maiden name, Shirley Melis.