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WEDNESDAY 1-27-21 PODCASTS  6AM    7AM     8AM

THURSDAY 1-28-21 PODCASTS   6AM    7AM     8AM

FRIDAY 1-22-21  PODCASTS   6AM     7AM     8AM



Here are the three Peter Navarro reports detailing the various election questions of November 2020 which you can download. Read, and decide for yourself if concerns were “baseless”, or not.

Vol 1 The Immaculate Deception 12.15.20

Vol II The Art of the Steal 1.5.21 FINAL

Vol III The-Navarro-Report

ALSO WORTH A READ – Angelo Codevilla – Clarity in Trump’s Wake_____________________________________

Bill’s Guest Information for Thursday 1-28-21

6:35 Elizabeth Slattery, senior legal fellow and deputy director of Pacific Legal Foundation’s  Center for the Separation of Powers. President Biden’s team is skeptical of “midnight” executive actions issued during President Trump’s final weeks but one order is as valuable in reinforcing democratic accountability as it is constitutionally necessary and it is in Biden’s interest to strengthen it, not withdraw it. This EO is the Executive Order on Ensuring Democratic Accountability in Agency Rulemaking which says only agency officials may issue regulations.  It’s important because it means that new regulations will have to conform to the president’s priorities and not those of career employees and bureaucrats – which flatly violates the Constitution’s Appointments Clause. We actually sued over this and won.


7:10 I talk with State Senator Dennis Linthicum about legislation he’s sponsoring in the session for school reform.

Senate Bill 659 is being brought forward by Klamath County State Senator, Dennis Linthicum.

Linthicum says zip codes should not determine a child’s future. He says Oregon consistently ranks in the bottom of graduation rates nationally, with only 50% of students proficient in English and 40% proficient in math.


7:35 Former Navy Seal and author Matt Bracken, is where you can read more about and buy his incredibly exciting and thought-provoking novels. As he puts it – Bleeding-edge dystopian thrillers, for readers who are tired of politically-correct fiction.

Matt and I discuss his latest piece in American Partisan, which includes 3 possible scenarios where the country is headed:

More about Matt – he was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1957 and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1979 with a degree in Russian Studies. He was commissioned in the US Navy through the NROTC program at the University of Virginia, and then graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training class 105 in Coronado California. He served on east coast UDT and SEAL teams, leading a Naval Special Warfare detachment to Beirut, Lebanon in 1983. In 1993 Mr. Bracken finished building a 48-foot steel sailing cutter of his own design, on which he has done extensive ocean cruising, including a 9,000-mile solo voyage from Panama to Guam and two Panama Canal transits. 


8:10 Melissa Mayne from Compassion Highway Project

 Melissa is concerned about another homeless assistance group distributing drug paraphernalia to southern Oregon homeless populations, and that this isn’t the most productive behavior, if the goal is to get homeless off narcotics.

8:45 Erica Meager and Janice Shannon from Prestige Senior Living. They’re opening up their “Ageless Grace” exercise program to the public free online for the month of February.

Ageless Grace® is an innovative, mind body fitness program designed for all ages and abilities that consists of 21 seated tools based on every day, organic movements set to music that activate all five areas of the brain and address factors that cause aging in the body.

There are private classes offered like the ones open to the residents, caregivers and family members here at Prestige Assisted Living. Before the challenges of COVID-19 arose, we also offered 30-minute public classes that were open to anyone for a small fee; now we’re offering these classes virtually, and at no cost, every Friday morning in February. You can visit to register.


Bill’s Guest Information for Wednesday 1-27-21

6:35 Eric Peters, automotive journalist at

What Joe Biden’s cars will be like (for you)

Face Diaper Update –

Eric Reviews the new Gladiator! –


7:35 State Representative Kim Wallan – HD6

We catch up on the legislative session, and the touchy process of redistricting.

8:10 Farm Services Agency elected representative Glenn Archambault to discuss the coming food inflation.

 Very quick price review USDA.

Glenn’s thoughts on this matter – he believes the big regional inflation factor is housing, in much of Western Oregon. Add a $100 to monthly rent / mortgage payment and another $50 increase on food to the population on a fixed income and you have some people on the short end of the deal! 

Oregon could cut housing costs, back off on the land use planning and permit fees. We can do little about food inflation, Oregon grows little food consumed in the state. 

Starting last spring all of America was on food welfare! Corona Virus Food Assistance Program  (CFAP). USDA bought up food in the field and boxed it for shipment to the food banks, churches, and others to feed the people out of work and money. 

The USDA made (CFAP) payments to all kinds of farms and producers, billions, to keep the general economy from collapsing. No one was paying full price for food. Inflation is in inevitable.


Bill’s Guest information for Tuesday 1-26-21

6:35 James Bowers is Creative Director and a Senior Vice President at Berman and Company, represents The American Security Institute. ASI was launched in 2020, and educates citizens about the threats to our democracy, both foreign and domestic. The team aims to educate the public about the often-hidden influence of the Chinese Communist Party in the United States while also highlighting the creeping influence of Big Tech companies into our democracy.

ASI is a project of the Center for Organizational Research and Education, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

7:10 Mr. Outdoors talks the big storms that are coming

7:35 Jo Co Commissioner Herman Baertschiger discusses our local political situation.





THURSDAY 1-21-21 PODCASTS   6AM    7AM     8AM

FRIDAY 1-22-21  PODCASTS   6AM     7AM     8AM


Bill’s Guest Information for Friday 01-22-21

6:10 Abigail “Astronaut Abby” Harrison is an aspiring astronaut and the co-founder of the international nonprofit organization The Mars Generation. Her book is Dream Big! How to Reach For Your Stars

6:35 This week’s swamp update with Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government, all you need to know at and

7:10 Greg Roberts from , outdoor report, and more on the Rogue Wolf pack problem

8:10 Kevin Starrett, Oregon Firearms Federation – Time for a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary ordinance in southern Oregon?

8:45 Dr. Glen Winters from Phoenix Animal Hospital – REOPENING THIS MONDAY! Here’s the story –

Phoenix Animal Hospital was completely destroyed during last summer’s tragic fire, but their love and desire to continue caring for your pets has inspired them to reopen starting Monday January 25 in the Winco Shopping Center until they rebuild at their old location.  Doctor Glen Winters and his staff consider you and your animals family, and are excited to see you, your dogs, cats, birds and exotics.  Phoenix Animal Hospital’s re-opening is Monday January 25 in the Winco Shopping Center’s west side!  Call 535-6923 or visit them online at Phoenix Animal Hospital dot com.


Bill’s Guest Information for Thursday 01-21-21

6:35 Dave Ray, Communications Director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform

Joe Biden was sworn in as the nation’s 46th president, assuming the leadership of a nation that is engulfed in turmoil and suffering devastating job losses due to the pandemic. The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) cautions Mr. Biden that an immediate rush to enact a mass amnesty, reduce interior and perimeter enforcement, and increase the number of foreign guest workers, will simply create more competition for scarce jobs and be antithetical to the goal of unifying our nation.

7:10 Ivan Pentchoukov, Senior Political Reporter for The Epoch Times discusses the current state of DC politics. Read more from Ivan HERE.

8:10 Adam Andrzejewski, CEO/Founder,, the largest taxpayer transparency organization in the country.

Congressional Perks for Millionaire Members of Congress

As the new Congress begins, we should be paying attention. Why are US taxpayers providing public pensions to millionaire members of Congress such as Speaker Pelosi and Senator Mitch McConnell? Adam Andrzejewski, CEO/Founder,, details the perks to this exclusive club that comes with lucrative, taxpayer-funded privileges. Read more here: “Congressional Membership Has Its Privilege — Salaries, Pensions, Travel, and Other Taxpayer-Funded Perks.”


Bill’s Guest information for Wednesday 01-20-21

6:35 Eric Peters, automotive journalist at and some of what we covered today:

BMW M440i Review –

His Inauguration “Diaper Report” –

7:35 Jo Co Commissioner Herman Baertschiger, we talk the political situation, matters of state and county concern.

8:10 Adam Andrzejewski, CEO/Founder,, the largest taxpayer transparency organization in the country.

As the new Congress begins, we should be paying attention. Why are US taxpayers providing public pensions to millionaire members of Congress such as Speaker Pelosi and Senator Mitch McConnell? Adam Andrzejewski, CEO/Founder,, details the perks to this exclusive club that comes with lucrative, taxpayer-funded privileges. Read more here: “Congressional Membership Has Its Privilege — Salaries, Pensions, Travel, and Other Taxpayer-Funded Perks.”

8:45 Lisa McClease-Kelly from Kelly’s Automotive in Grants Pass and Medford. It’s time for their annual “Wipe Out Hunger” Food Drive. Donate at least 40 ounces of peanut butter, soy butter, almond butter, etc, and 10 ounces of jelly, and they’ll install 2 new windshield wipers on your vehicle. (Up to $35 value)

Bill’s Guest Information for Tuesday 01-19-21

6:35 Michael Hartmann, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Strategic Giving, Capital Research Center. We discuss  What Might a War With Big Tech Look Like?

More about Michael

7:35 Attorney Bob Robertson and Cindy Broadwater. Cindy held the lease for the Lost Creek Marina until the end of December. She had been promised to be able to extend it. Still closed, and now Jackson County might take it over from the state. We discuss the ins and outs of her complaint.

8:10 George Gilder, financier, author, high-tech visionary. He has a number of new books, here’s his Amazon Page  – But we really dig into Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy. I read it back in 2018, and George’s prediction that the big tech monsters (currently deplatforming conservatives) are quickly losing ground, as their surveillance capitalism business model is dying.


Bill Meyer Show Information for Monday 1/18/21

6:35 – Steve Milloy, Founder of Junk Science Dot Com

The Washington Post reported the Biden White House will become the “center of gravity” for the push on climate action in the incoming administration, rather than the Environmental Protection Agency – placing so-called climate czars such as John Kerry and Gina McCarthy, who is currently under criticism for her response to the Flint Water Scandal, as the leading forces on the issue – with no public accountability.

According to Steve Milloy, former Trump/Pence EPA Transition Team Member and Founder of, this control of the EPA by the White House is an inappropriate use of power – “The EPA is supposed to be an independent agency, outside direct control of the White House.”

7:35 Curry County Commissioner Court Boyce – Indoor dining has reopened, and we talk about that, and the fight for all counties to reopen!

8:10 Dr Dennis Powers, “What Made Southern Oregon Great”. More about Dennis at

Del Rio Vineyards and Winery By Dennis Powers

 The Del Rio Vineyards and Winery outside of Gold Hill began as the small community of Rock Point, founded by John B. White in the early 1850s. In exchange for his services in the Rogue Indian Wars (1855-1856), White received land and later established the Rock Point post office. In 1863, John decided to open a general store and sold his homestead to L.J. White (who was not related) for $2,000. Soon after, L.J. decided to build his own hotel as a regular stagecoach stop, and the Rock Point Hotel opened to the public in 1865 with a grand ball. 

The town flourished with the addition of homes, church, a blacksmith shop, saloon, school, and other structures. But when the railroad passed it by, the town dwindled, buildings vanished, and the hotel eventually closed. In the early 1900s, the property grew from a one-acre family orchard to the 800-acre Del Rio Orchards, which primarily grew pears, along with apples, cherries, peaches, walnuts, and apricots.

In 1997, Lee and Margaret Traynham purchased the land and began transforming the third-generation pear orchard into a premium wine grape vineyard. Since the Traynhams ran a trucking and almond business in California, they asked fourth-generation farmer Rob Wallace–who had spent years farming in the Sacramento Valley–to run the daily operations. Rob and his wife, Jolee, sold their large tomato and vegetable farm in 1999 (which ran 25 truckloads of tomatoes every day) to be the managing owners of the Del Rio vineyard and winery. The Wallaces renovated the hotel.

Today, Del Rio Vineyards grows 12 varietals and 17 clones on 300 acres just outside the City of Gold Hill, of which 130 acres are dedicated to Pino noir and 50 acres to Pino gris. Del Rio sells its premium wine grapes to Willamette Valley wineries (and to over 20 vintners in Oregon and California), produces its own labeled wines, and sells bulk wine. Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah and Pinot Gris are the primary grapes that are grown.

If this wasn’t enough, Del Rio in March 2016 acquired two parcels encompassing 215 acres from descendants of David and Clarissa Birdseye, who purchased a donation land claim and settled on the property in the 1850s (while also operating a trading post in Jacksonville), several years before Oregon joined the Union. Six-generation Ted Birdseye was raising cattle on the sloping, boot-shaped property, when Rob and Jolee approached him to buy the property. It’s bounded by the Rogue River Highway, Birdseye Creek Road, and Birdseye Creek (across the Rogue River from Valley of the Rogue State Park) with a purchase price of $2 million. 

Del Rio planted 160 acres in Pino Noir with its first harvest in the fall of 2018. These grapes are sold under contract and out of the area—currently it doesn’t make those grapes into wine or bottle that here. Only the grapes at the Del Rio estate ranch’s 300 acres are so made and/or bottled. 

Del Rio employs 60 people for its sales, tasting room, winery, and vineyard; and typically produces 275,000 gallons of wine each year while bottling and selling 30,000 cases. The refurbished Rock Point Hotel is now the wine tasting facility; the rebuilt postmaster’s house is adjacent to the tasting room; and the winery is located inside the historic red barn, once the original packing house.    

Definitely, Del Rio Vineyards is the largest one in Southern Oregon and planted to over 200,000 vines. Where bartenders once served up shots of whiskey to dusty stage-coach pioneers, Del Rio now offers up premium wine tasting to tourists that drive upscale cars. 

Sources: Sources: Greg Stiles, “Del Rio Vineyards buys historic Birdseye property for $2 million,” Mail Tribune, April 21, 2016, at Cattle Ranch Purchase; “Del Rio—Our Story” at Del Rio History; Dennis Powers, “Vineyard Traces Roots to Early Town of Rock Point, Oregon,” Jefferson Public Radio, June 29, 2009, at More Background.

SUSAN WRITES… Susan wrote me last night with a complaint: “Please get out of the self righteous rage business. We need a level headed right to balance the excesses of both parties. Bill Cunningham needs to wipe the froth off his mouth before he can speak clearly. Even after the violence at the capitol, fueled by the debunked notion elections were rigged, he’s not correcting babbling conspiracy callers and he’s playing wizard of OZ witch cackling to portray Pelosi. Enough demonizing. Do better. Make an argument with real facts”… Here’s my response: Hi Susan, We’re pretty big on freedom of speech at KMED/KCMD, even the stuff I disagree with. I understand Bill Cunningham isn’t your favorite. That being said, there’s a lot to unpack with this issue. The “debunked notion”, for one. Courts refusing to hear a case and the evidence on mostly procedural grounds is not a debunking. The evidence has not been heard, and the affiants haven’t been heard or cross-examined. Few courts want to touch this incredibly hot potato, and we certainly understand why. A very large percentage of voters for Donald Trump do indeed believe it was rigged, and for the media to claim it’s debunked, doesn’t make it so.Concerns about our electronic vote systems aren’t figments of fevered imaginations. Just a few examples:August 2019 NBC news – How hackers can target voting machines – December 2019 NBC News – New Questions about voting machines as 2020 election approaches…/new-questions-about-voting… January 2020 –…/new-warnings-of-hacking-risks… There are many more such stories from reputable sources, no doubt searchable by you. Congress could have voted to investigate what the courts wouldn’t touch, and they punted on it, too. I wish they had investigated, as it would have either put a lot of claims to rest as false, or less-likely, reversed a fraud. As is, nothing is settled, other than another President is installed, who many will dismiss as a fraud. Nothing works well with that. Dismissing the concerns of tens of millions as mere “conspiracy theory” (a CIA-created term to nut and slut political opponents) doesn’t make it go away. The more the repression, censorship, and de-platforming continues, the more it looks to Trump supporters as if there really was something to hide. The system acted, and continues to act, guilty and tyrannical. Just because it has the political and media power to quash it all doesn’t solve the problem. I would add that the President’s opponents spent 3 or 4 years insisting 2016 was stolen by the Russians on behalf of DJT. It couldn’t be proven, but that pretty much drove the media narrative for a long time. I’m open to the possibility that DJT didn’t really win in 2016, too. Both elections turned on a relative handful, a few thousand votes in a few key states. What a mess, huh? Sorry my response was longer than I intended, but at least you might understand the POV of many on the Right, and you deserved a thoughtful response. Be well! Sincerely,Bill MeyerMorning Host/Program DirectorKMED/KCMD 





THURSDAY 1-14-21 6AM  7AM  8AM

FRIDAY 1-15-21  6AM  7AM  8AM

Bill’s Guest information for Tuesday 1/12/21

7:10 Bryan Brooks, executive director of the Idaho Wildlife Federation discusses salmon recovery issue in Idaho, which he believes needs help from Oregon and Washington in order to improve.

In a new report from a working group convened by Idaho Governor Brad Little, Idaho leaders recommended a range of new steps to take to recover wild salmon–but these solutions fall short of fully recovering salmon and steelhead to abundance.

Brian Brooks, executive director of the Idaho Wildlife Federation and a member of the governor’s working group believes a regional approach is needed.

7:35 Jo Co Commissioner Herman Baertschiger – We catch up on a protest against Covid restrictions in Douglas County where Herman spoke last week, and other news and issues.

8:10 Kevin Starret, Oregon Firearms Federation – The Purge, the incredibly anti – gun legislation we’re facing in the upcoming state session and other news on the 2nd A. 


Bill’s Guest information for Monday 1/11/21

6:35 Larry Klayman, author of It Takes a Revolution: Forget the Scandal Industry! Klayman, is founder and former chairman of the successful non-profit foundation Judicial Watch, and current chairman of Freedom Watch. 

With a title that satirically mocks It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton, It Takes a Revolution: Forget the Scandal Industry! details how our executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government have become thoroughly corrupt and failed the citizenry.  

This work is a call to arms during these times of crises, when government corruption has hit a “cancerous state.” The overriding message of It Takes a Revolution: Forget the Scandal Industry! is that Americans should turn off cable news, stop being entertained by it, get up off of the couch, and join the second American Revolution—albeit a peaceful and legal one—to restore the greatness of our nation in these trying and perilous times. Our continued existence hangs in the balance!

More about the Book:

7:10 Greg Roberts at with today’s outdoor report

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, , author of “Where Past Meets Present” available through the local publisher at, and here’s today’s history profile:

Weisinger Family Winery

By Dennis Powers

John Weisinger’s background brings together faith and wine-making. For a time in Texas, including his stay in Klamath Falls from 1971 to 1978 at the Mt. Laki Community Presbyterian Church, Weisinger was a Presbyterian pastor. As a 15-year-old growing up on his family cattle ranch north of Houston, he made his first wines from Muskedine, the wild grapes growing along the creeks. Over the years, he made wine from apples, plums and tomatoes, including the years in Klamath Falls, along with growing wine grapes. “There’s some great history of wine in the Bible,” notes Weisinger. “Wine was a part of the daily life because they couldn’t drink the water.”

In early 1978, John (then 34-years-old) started his winery dream by purchasing a small, 10-acre farm that was four miles south of Ashland; that summer with the help of his three children Eric (then 9), Annie (8), and Sarah (4), he planted a small vineyard of Gewürztraminer with cuttings from Frank Wisnovsky of Valley View Vineyard in the Applegate Valley, outside of Jacksonville, Oregon. The family spent summers nurturing the grapes. Over the years he supplanted those vines by others at his winery. “I’ve always just enjoyed wine,” he explained. “As a kid I wasn’t interested in drinking wine, I was interested in making it. The creative aspects of this challenged me.”

Note–This is not a simple process: Newly planted vines need five or six years to yield fruit that will result in wine with a mature varietal character. The aging of wine in barrels and/or in bottles then follows before it is released, including the cellaring time required by some vintages before achieving their full potential.

In the spring of 1988, John started construction of the winery, and by the fall of that year the winery was ready for its commercial “crush.” It opened to the public the following year with three wines: Cabernet Blanc, Mescolare (a red blend) and Gewurztraminer. Weisinger was also active in the state wine industry. He was one of nine members of the then newly created Oregon Wine Board, a group that replaced the former Oregon Wine Advisory Board, and was active with the Southern Oregon Winery Association.

John was the winemaker for all of the wines from then until 1997 when he passed on the winemaking responsibility to his son Eric.  As a child and young man, Eric did everything from planting grapes to assisting with winemaking duties.  After graduating from college and a year studying in Europe, Eric took over as winemaker with a revamped label, while John focused on the administrative side as the business grew.

With vintages under the revamped label, the Weisinger winery began to win awards, notably the 2014 estate Tempranillo that took a double gold at the 2017 Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging and Best in Show at the 2017 Oregon Wine Experience competition. Mescolare, the winery’s first blended wine, was Weisinger’s first gold medal wine. Petite Pompadour, a Bordeaux style wine that combines Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, became the winery’s “flagship” wine. Plus, one can list another nine gold and/or silver awards in competitions from the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle to the 2019 San Francisco International competitions. 

The winery produces wine from fruit grown in the Bear Creek Valley around Ashland, Oregon. Located in the Rogue Valley Appellation of Southern Oregon, the Bear Creek Valley is home to many grape varietals such as Syrah, Tempranillo, Merlot, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier. The Weisinger Family Winery produces many of these wines, as well as Pinot Noir, its signature Gewürztraminer and proprietary Bordeaux blends such as Claret and Petit Pompadour.

Because they are relatively small, visiting the winery can be a personal experience. John, now retired, lives part-time in Texas with his wife, Janie, while Eric runs the quite successful family business—started decades ago from scratch.

Sources: Lee Julleriat, “Ex-Basin pastor keeps faith in his Ashland winery,” Herald & News, March 29, 2004 at Weisinger Background; M.J. Daspit, “Wine Wednesday: Weisinger Family Winery turns 30,” Mail Tribune, July 18, 2018 at Eric Weisinger; Weisinger Family Winery at Winery Website.

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FRIDAY 1-08-21  6AM7AM8AM

THINGS GO KINETIC IN DC Will today be remembered as “Storm the Bastille Pt. Deux”? What a crapfest, and who knows the real mix of MAGA patriots interspersed with Antifa goons that broke into the Capitol building in Mordor. The reason I say that is the tactics looked pure Antifa. The young woman shot in the neck by DC police (Update: she’s dead) was climbing through a broken side door window, right out of the Antifa playbook, and the dude in the Buffalo horn hat was at a BLM march in AZ earlier this year. Was well known the Antifa plan was to infiltrate MAGA. Who knows the truth at this point? Nobody, as there are certainly MAGA types sporting for things to go kinetic, too. Biden cracks me up (not in a HA HA way) by calling for law and order, saying what happened today was “Insurrection”. This is after the many months of his silence over the leftist burnings, lootings, and trashings by the DNC shock troops in the hive mind urban centers. Guess he doesn’t like political violence when it’s in HIS house, but it was okay in yours, huh? Meanwhile DJT puts out the call for “no violence”, but that rings hollow, too. You can’t talk about never conceding and fighting and fighting and fighting as a pure Marquis of Queensbury call, k? That being said…STEALING an election has consequences. 

Bill’s Guest Information for Monday 1/4/21

6:35 Scott Garliss,  editor of Stansberry NewsWire and Stansberry NewsWire Premium– real-time daily blogs in which he and his analysts scour the markets to offer you a better understanding of the forces driving market volatility… and recommending the best ways to trade that volatility. We kick around the outlook for the markets in 2021.



8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, retired professor of Business Law at SOU, historian, author of “Where Past Meets Present”. More at

The good Dr. and I always talk history, and analyze news and things each Monday.

New Year’s Resolutions–For 2021

By Dennis Powers

New Year’s resolutions are about self-improvement. These are promises made to start doing something good or not do something bad–starting on New Year’s Day. It can be to improve yourself physically, whether losing weight, drinking less booze, quitting smoking, or exercising more. Thinking positive, enjoying life more, or reducing stress is more mind-oriented. Resolutions can be activities: reading more books or even changing jobs. 

Sounds good–for a typical year–but what about the past year that all of us have endured. One that brought in a national economic shutdown from the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of Jobs were lost or cut back; social isolation and self-quarantining became a mantra; inner cities erupted into violence and fiery destruction under the media-called guise of “protests”; owing to the virus spread, hospitals had to cut back on “normal” surgeries and it became so difficult just to see your doctor in person; a vitriolic election took place with fraud and counter-allegations; and on.   

A very recent article by the American Medical Association, boiled down, stated the keys that doctors should tell their patients: “Make time for self-care (everyone needs to do better); Set smart goals (which stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based ones); Focus on what you can control (i.e., masks); Find ways to remain connected (physical distance should not equate to social isolation); Make small changes (slow and steady wins the race); Let go of guilt, “You can always restart…”); Celebrate your wins (no matter how small)”; and ended with “This year is harder for everybody in so many different ways…”

Yes, New Year’s resolutions are about hopefulness. And it’s been that way since recorded times. The celebration of a new year is the oldest of holidays and dates back to ancient Babylon some 4000 years ago. Around 2000 BC, Babylonians celebrated the beginning of their new year on what is now March 23, as this was when spring began and crops planted. Their celebration lasted for 11 days, as Babylonians made promises to their gods to return borrowed objects and to pay back debts.

The Romans continued observing the New Year on March 25th, but later emperors changed the calendar so many times that it was not in sync with the sun. To set the calendar right, the Roman senate in 153 BC declared January 1rst to be the beginning of the New Year. It named the first month after their mythical king of early Rome, Janus, the god of beginnings and guardian of entrances. Always shown with two faces on his head–one at the front and the other at the back–Janus could look backwards and forwards at the same time. At midnight on December 31rst, the Romans imagined Janus looking back at the old year and forward to the new one.  

In Medieval days, knights took a “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry; they were required to place their hands on a peacock and vow to always live up to this pledge. Over centuries, the practice of resolutions and commitment on this eve continued, and it’s interesting to see what has happened in more modern times. At the end of the Great Depression, about 1/4th of adults formed New Year’s resolutions. By now, some 2/3rds did.

Their nature has also changed to reflect the times. At the end of the 19th century, a typical teenage girl’s resolution was on “good approaches”: She resolved to be less self-centered, more helpful, a more diligent worker, and improve her character. By the end of the 20th century, the typical teenage girl was focused on good looks: to improve her body, hairstyle, makeup, and only wear “faddish” clothing.

Conducted for 2018, Statista came up with these: make more money (53%); lose weight or get in shape (45%); have more sex (25%); travel more (24%); read more books (23%); learn a new skill or hobby (22%); buy a house (21%); quit smoking (16%); and find love (15%). According to a recent YouGov poll, the most common U.S aspirations for the coming year are to eat healthier, get more exercise, and to save more money. Almost one third, perhaps more realistically, said that they wouldn’t bother with making resolutions.  

As to success rates, a study of 3,000 people indicated that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% were confident of success at the beginning. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when setting small quantitative goals (i.e., losing one pound a week, instead of promising “to lose weight”), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public with support from friends.

Setting a specific goal can be a winner. Monitoring progress, not being too ambitious, recording what you do, and giving time for success are important. Overcoming bad habits, such as drinking too much alcohol, smoking, or overeating, can be tough ones to beat because they’re so easy to return to when stressed out–especially during the New Year. And this can start with your celebrations.

So let’s start talking about what our New Year’s resolution will—or perhaps won’t be–and celebrate the upcoming 2021 New Year. It better be better than last year’s. 

Sources: “Wikipedia: New Year’s Resolution,” at New Year’s Resolutions; Dove, Laurie L., “Why do people make New Year’s resolutions?”; “How Stuff Works?” at Why Make Them?; Blair, Gary R., “The History of New Year’s Resolutions, at More on Resolutions; Statista, “What are your 2018 Resolutions?” at Survey; Statista, “YouGov Poll” at YouGov Poll; Sources: American Medical Association, “What doctors wish patients knew about effective New Year’s Resolutions,” December 10, 2020 at AMA Listing.