It can be hard not to contemplate your own mortality following the loss of a loved one. In the days after a funeral, I'll find myself considering the state of my own life, and more often than not, resolving to live it more fully, more honestly, and more closely with friends and family. Considering such thoughts, my recent New Year's resolutions (stop biting my nails in 2007 and be a more responsible recycler in 2008) sound ridiculous. Instead I feel a good deal of pressure to come up with a core, meaningful resolution -- one that will honor my lost loved ones and contribute to the life I share with others. I hope I come up with something good soon.