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Posted at 4:43 AM on January 1, 2009 by Dale Connelly (17 Comments)


Happy New Year! Welcome to 2009!

We're only a few hours in and I've already returned to one bad habit I was going to get rid of this year - eating cookies while driving.
Oops. And here I thought everything had changed.

But they were last year's cookies, so I was obliged to handle them under last year's rules of conduct, which very clearly state that eating cookies while driving is OK as long as you keep your eyes on the road, at least one hand on the wheel, and leave only a few crumbs. No cookies with soft, stain-making ingredients are allowed, particularly chocolate chips, especially not in July when the chips are gooey and will leave a tell-tale mark on your shirt if a chunk happens to break off, tumbling down the front and into your lap. Chocolate chips in January can be OK, as long as the car is cold as an icebox inside, as this one was. But even if it had been sauna-hot, I didn't violate that rule.
The cookies were brittle, with almonds.

However, no cookies baked in 2009 will be eaten in this reckless way. 2009's cookies will be eaten properly, no more than two at a time, with me seated firmly at a table going 0 miles per hour with a glass of milk nearby, preferably skim. And there will be some vegetables and fruits around too, to provide a stable base for my nutritional pyramid.
That's just the way it's going to be, starting with the very next round of baking.
Everything will be different, starting pretty soon.

How goes it with your resolutions?


Comments (17)

I was just waking up with my coffee in hand, listening and thinking about my sister who is at MSP at this moment. She is leaving at 7 for Atlanta to visit her daughter's family. The next thing I know you're playing Ray Charles singing about Georgia and Allison Krause singing Atlanta. Do you have a new service this year? Telepathic requests?!! Amazing. . . Thanks, Dale.

Posted by Julie | January 1, 2009 6:44 AM


I haven't even made the resolutions yet, but I believe it is not too late. I'm sure it's better to make resolutions when one feels hopeful, and I am much more hopeful today than I was yesterday. It's a new year, and certain to be a better time than the last few months. In honor of that hope, how about some song about hope, such as "The Great Storm is Over" or "The Faith of Man" by Bill Staines, or "Julian of Norwich" or "Morning Has Broken"? Thanks, Dale.

Posted by Mary | January 1, 2009 6:52 AM


Martha was Paul McCartney's Old English sheepdog. Very disappointing for me when I was a teenage Beatle fanatic.

Posted by Kathy | January 1, 2009 7:08 AM


Resolution - fewer cinnamon rolls and more walks.
Maybe you could play "You Are the New Day"
I remember a New Year's Day when I had to work early in the morning at Hennepin County Medical Center and the Morning Show was playing that song just as I pulled up next to the hospital by Elliot Park. There was a tree full of crows and they were all cawing in the new year. It felt like a fresh start. Happy New Year all!

Posted by Mary in St Paul | January 1, 2009 7:14 AM


Yes, I wanted Martha to be an iguana. Not really.
Oh, Dale, it's very obvious you were never a teenage girl. Of course, I wanted it to be about me.

Posted by Kathy | January 1, 2009 7:22 AM


Good morning, Dale! Good morning, fellow listeners!

Would you play the Les Crane recording of "Desiderata" this morning? (it's not just for High School graduations, you know.) Another wonderful piece is Suzzy and Maggie's rendition of "Anyway". Either one fits my theme for this new year of hope--if it is to be, it is up to me.

Posted by Lesli | January 1, 2009 7:23 AM


I don't make any "resolutions", as such, but I think everyone sees the new year as a chance to avoid the mistakes of the past one. And to me, there isn't any better song for that than "Ninety-nine-and-a-half Won't Do" (I think that's the name of it.) Any chance I could hear that one this morning?
Thank you for RH. It's so good to start the morning with you.

Posted by Kathy | January 1, 2009 7:39 AM



Resolutions? I've made -- and broken -- quite a few over the years . . . and always felt guilty about the ones I didn't keep. Most of them, actually.

So twenty-some years ago I made a resolution I thought I could keep; and I have! I resolved to never again make a New Year's resolution. And I haven't. And I won't. Pressure's off . . . .

Happy New Year!

Posted by Don in Rochester | January 1, 2009 7:42 AM


Kathy, I freely admit I was never a teenage girl.

Thanks for enlightening me. I would have guessed the lines "Hold your head up, you silly girl / look what you've done" might have led a teenage girl to look elsewhere for her song, since teenagers of all sorts can get scolded by just about anyone whenever they want it, and don't need to go to their pop idols for that kind of treatment.

Posted by Dale Connelly | January 1, 2009 7:45 AM


Happy New Year, Dale and Mike P.! I'm glad to be up "early" on a holiday to hear the great music, especially hearing one of my favorite singers- Sarah Gazarek! Thank you.

As we get older, the need for New Year's Eve celebration seems to be less important. I found us going to a tv broadcast of the celebrating in England that is 5 hours earlier. Then going to bed at a decent hour seems ok. The benefit of course is that we do not miss you show!

Posted by wes edgar | January 1, 2009 7:47 AM


Today I'm celebrating my 2nd anniversary as a non-smoker. Not much compares to the good feelings of New Years resolutions fulfilled. Good luck to all of you with your personal NY endeavors. Next year we can all celebrate our resolution anniversaries together. I'd like to hear "Oh Happy Day".

Posted by Kathy from Wisconsin | January 1, 2009 8:10 AM


My New Year's resolution is to stop wearing shorts to the mall, to avoid embarrassing the teens. So far, so good.

Haven't actually been to the mall yet, though.

Posted by Linda in St. Paul | January 1, 2009 8:32 AM


Ah, Dale, you underestimate young love. Pain is part of the process! As far as the 'Martha' song goes, it doesn't hold a candle to the kind of pain inflicted by Madeline upon her young suitor in the Jacques Brel song. It often isn't until you are a little older that you ask the question "what am I doing in this ridiculous relationship?"

Which brings the song "Still Crazy After All These Years" to mind.

Happy New Year to everyone!

Posted by Teri in Zimmerman | January 1, 2009 8:52 AM


Enjoy "cool" performances like Colorblind James Experience - Wedding at Cana

Posted by Jaker | January 1, 2009 8:55 AM


Sorry to post so quickly again, but my husband John and I got married on New Year's Day 1972. We both had the week off between Christmas and New Years, so could finish our last minute wedding preparations during the week, we thought. What we forgot was that almost all the stores we needed to be open (bakery, florist, Woolworths) CLOSED at noon on 12/31 because of New Year's Eve! And of course everything is shut down tight on NYD. AAAUGH! Oh well - we managed to get things organized and everything worked out fine.

Thanks for the Nat King Cole song, Dale. And thanks for helping us get the New Year off to a delightful start this morning!

Posted by Teri in Zimmerman | January 1, 2009 9:08 AM


Resolution #1 = listen to a sports report summary, rather then daily or hourly sports reports. A summary that covers all sports action that has happened in the past week and will happen in the next week.

Where could I tune in to get a complete sports summary, say like once a week from a sports authority that knows all, and tells only some? Possibly there is an authority that will phone in a report from a home studio once a week at 7:00 AM.

Mark in St Paul

Posted by mark toveri | January 1, 2009 12:27 PM


Happy New Year, Dale.
I got a little behind on City Pages with the holidays, but I wanted to add my thanks for the tribute you wrote to Jim Ed in the 12/24 issue. It was a treat.
How would Jim Ed feel about coming in to your show once a month, the way Barbara Flanagan does in the paper?

Posted by BradB | January 1, 2009 1:33 PM


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