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A New Year

“All is quiet on New Year’s Day.  A world in white gets underway.  I want to be with you, be with you night and day.  Nothing changes on New Year’s Day.” U2

So I am writing this blog on New Year’s Day but because of blogs previously written it will be about a week late. This fits my purposes just fine. So, let me ask you, how is the New Year going?
Sunrise photoHave you kept your resolutions? It is a hard thing to change. To effectively implement change one must usually change other factors. For example with a drug addict or alcoholic the best method of treatment is to isolate them in a rehab. This prevents them physically from indulging in their forbidden pleasures. Once released it is a good practice to avoid friends or associates they abused with and to avoid locations where they practiced their habit as well.

I have decided that this year I am going to work harder then I have ever worked before. I am a writer or maybe better put an aspiring writer. The difference is that a writer sells their books while an aspiring writer doesn’t. I don’t attribute my lack of sales to bad writing, by any means. Rather I blame lack of exposure. After all it is estimated that a million books come out every year and it is very hard to get noticed.

One method I am going to use is my blog, “Turn A Page Or Two”.

I have opened my blog not just for my own writing but for the writings and promotion of other authors. My theory is that in promoting other authors I will bring traffic to my site. If you could please subscribe to get emails about my postings.

In addition to my blogging on Psych Central and Turn A Page Or Two, I hope to do more reading. This will require my sacrificing my long hours on Cookie Jam. I am on level 3535. I don’t know whether I should be proud of that fact or ashamed. Either way I plan to cut down at the game and in it’s place I will do more reading. I never considered playing Cookie Jam as a waste of time as I always did serious thinking during that time.

Another thing I plan to do is increase my time in reading the Bible. I do preaching on a regular basis and I consistently read the Bible. I just plan to increase the time spent. Also I would like to become more active in my evangelistic efforts.

I really have two strong motivations for my great effort I plan this year. The first is my wife Sylvia who suffers from dementia. As a result of her illness I cannot work a conventional job as I must stay home and take care of her. Even in typing this blog I turn my head backwards every other sentence to make sure she’s not wandering into danger. Sylvia spent her whole life taking care of either children as a nanny or elderly people. I can’t imagine that God would abandon her in her time of need.

Secondly there is my mental illness. I don’t think I would mind being homeless so much except I wouldn’t be able to take my medications. The thought of returning to a psychiatric hospital for a tenth time really disturbs me. I’m not young anymore.

Well 2018 seems to be a make or break year for me. I will most likely run out of money this year unless something miraculous happens. Of course in my writing miraculous events are the norm.

Please check out “Murmurings Of A Mad Man” which was my first book I got published. It is written about my time in a state psychiatric hospital called Graystone.


A New Year

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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APA Reference
Kaniecki, J. (2018). A New Year. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 20, 2018, from


Last updated: 8 Jan 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 8 Jan 2018
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