When your granduncle asks if you're ever getting married, dress him down with prepared responses from von Hottie's column, which will remind you to keep your chin up and your lipgloss sparkly and flavored. When you're bored from watching a fifth hour of television with people you don't see all year, read our interview with your new favorite 'zine, Frontier Psychiatrist, or check out our brand new Feminine Critique section debuting with Suzanne's Unlikely Read and Rachel's glance at Christopher Nolan's oeuvre: any of which is guaranteed to be better for your brain than watching Elf or A Christmas Carol for the third time in one weekend. When the office party leaves you humorless, turn to any of Anne Marie's poems or Amber and Mindy's tête-à-tête. Stuck working on Black Friday? Curse your stupid, meaningless job and stick it to the man by reading Xian's interviews with two women who make art their living, and live through their art. Feeling bloated and all sprinkle-cookied out? Head to the kitchen and whip up some of the Diva's soup or take five days to indulge in Intuitive Eating and foodplay with Lorelle.
When eyeing the crowd at New Year's eve, remember that Kindness makes a helluva nicer partner than Genius--as we see in Kelly's poem and Keith's fiction. And if you are seeing someone "special" (what does this even mean! like you'd waste your time with someone who wasn't at least slightly special), take the time to really see them: love is not just some simple, abstract notion of togetherness, it is full of secret spaces, the things we do or don't say, as both Kate and Duy prove. In fact, in its own way, Elizabeth's poem "Haleakalā" also reminds us to really appreciate what's right in front of us--every last sharp/gorgeous detail of the world.
Is it time for those perky New Year's Resolutions? In different ways, Ivy, Andrea, and Lorelle all provide smart and accessible ways to change your lifestyle. And Krissa nudges us to remember the journey it took to become the amazing person you see reflected in the mirror, all the little classifications that make you individually and awesomely you.
And, finally, Theresa, James, and I all meditate on connectivity. Which seems appropriate in this the season of gathering together in the spirit of family. They may drive you crazy, but you know you love 'em.
And this is clearly another example of how I really can't fit everything I wanted to say about Hawaii Women's Journal into 1,000 words or less.