What Frivolous Wish(es) Do You Have for Yourself in 2020?

At the beginning of the new year, some people say they wish for grand things like world peace. I wonder, though, what frivolous wishes people have just for themselves.

For example, I have more things than I need and am trying to downsize, but I take great pleasure in window shopping as it is relaxing. I’d like to do more of this. I especially love looking at mannequins in windows.

I’d also like to spend more leisure time at coffee shops eating pie.

What are your frivolous wishes for 2020?




About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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37 Responses to What Frivolous Wish(es) Do You Have for Yourself in 2020?

  1. Have no frivolous wishes but I do wish those hand grenades and curve balls that come our way to disrupt and damage my life’s little sand castles would lose their way and stop finding me.

  2. haikutec says:

    Mannequins reminds me of Dr Who or The Avengers with Mrs Peel and John Steed! 🙂

    I like to make people laugh, and although I come across as incredibly serious on the internet a lot of well-known American and Canadian haiku and tanka poets, and editors, can tell you there’s another side to me. If that’s frivolous at least no one is harmed in the making of a laugh. 🙂

    One of the most memorable laughs that I made someone do, was for someone who had not laughed for over a year because of a horrific loss. If running a haiku poetry workshop can do that, to give so much back, and not just with poetry, but as a lifeline, count me in for more! 🙂


    • I used to watch the Avengers and remember them well. Interesting connection, Alan!

      • haikutec says:

        The Dr Who episode, different drama series, was very scary too. Also saw the actress in the famous original Mannequin movie in the city next to me. Too scared to say hi even though she is from Liverpool!

        Mannequin is a 1987 American romantic comed film starring Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall:

        What was so successful with both The Avengers, and Dr Who, was taking on something we seemed to see everyday, ordinary, normal, harmless etc…

        Of course scouser Kim turned all of that on its head with a romantic movie. 🙂
        But I can still be nervous about mannequins because of Dr Who, and The Avengers too! Even though I’ve been closing up big retail stores in Bristol and London on my own. 🙂


      • As far as Emma Peel, I never understood why she was so popular. She was pretty non-descript.

      • haikutec says:

        Well Emma Peel was the second lead female role after Honor Blackman. There were few empowered women in TV drama series. After the lead male character (Ian Hendry) left, his male assistant became the lead character instead. Just like Dr Watson with Sherlock Holmes, it was the dependent and consistent Intelligence and character that made the lead character survive and thrive. Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman) was succeeded by Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) and oddly the two became James Bond characters, but again both very strong empowered women (Goldfinger, and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, respectively).

        As much as I loved John Steed, and sadly the actor did nothing to support the push for fairer wages of his female leads, iconically many people, I believe, think of Honor Blackman’s groundbreaking role, and the image of the cool woman under attack of Emma Peel. They were both lynchpins, and the men characters, and even male viewers, might think they were fluff, but without them there would be no ‘colour’ and ‘depth’; ‘heart’ or ‘integrity’ amongst many of the attributes they brought.

        Here’s an early pre-Cathy Gale or Emma Peel episode:

      • Thanks, for the background, Alan! Interesting.

      • haikutec says:

        The Avengers: Emma Peel First Appearance

      • haikutec says:

        The Avengers Enter Cathy Gale, before Honor Blackman really empowered the female lead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diL0xi477e0

    • haikutec says:

      The Avengers: Emma Peel First Appearance:

      • haikutec says:

        Not sure I got the right links up, but my frivolous pursuits as a child were to watch a lot of TV drama series, and movies, and Marvel and DC Comics, alongside academic stuff, and that continues today. It’s a welcome antidote to my pursuit of depthful work in haikai literature which fills every other moment, or so it seems! 🙂

      • An enriching childhood!

  3. MaryJo says:

    With your question beside me as I walked, I realized I hadn’t blown bubbles in almost two years. I carry the bottle and wand in my purse and would use them at random, Wild kids in B&N and frantic parents so I’d blow bubbles. it was calming. Have used it visiting friends in hospital. Anyway, I will refresh the bottle now and start anew. I’d also like to spend more time with the birds. Just watching. Both of these are such simple things and bring such pleasure.
    Thank you for asking Charlotte.

  4. Paul Beech says:

    Frivolous wishes, hummm…

    Back in 2015, when Maureen and I lived in a flat on Deeside, we’d often walk round to a particular pub in the evening for a quiet drink and fun game of blackball pool.

    On one occasion the pub’s champion pool player challenged me to a game and Maureen urged me to accept, which I did though I’d never played anyone of his calibre before. I thought I’d be slaughtered and lose my stake money. But, to my amazement, I actually managed to match him ball for ball though he had me neatly snookered at the end with his remaining yellow ball between my remaining red and the centre-left pocket. Impossible unless…

    I took careful aim and played a rebound shot off the right cushion and held my breath as my red rolled sweetly over the green baize… and gently tapped the black straight into the waiting pocket.

    The pub erupted with whoops and whistles and the Champ (ex) gawped in disbelief as I casually remarked “My game, I think”, swept up my winnings and left the pub without a backward glance, Maureen at my side.

    I’d love to play more pool with Maureen purely for fun in 2020, but there seems to be a lack of pubs with pool tables up our Welsh mountain except for one where aggressive dogs gather. We’ll give that a miss!

    My very best to all for 2020.


    • haikutec says:


      When I played pool there was often tension, even in the pubs. I remember one pool night club, and the drug pushers were getting antsy. Thankfully a mix of humour, and being big, calmed things down. A weird place at night, but it was strangely relaxing too.

      But I never played a champ and beat them. That took nerves as well as skill.

      When I could play a game of pool without any dangerous tensions, and there were a small group of us, it was the best! 🙂

      We do have a really friendly pub a few minutes stroll from us, but no pool table but all sorts of board games including chess. 🙂


    • Interesting, Paul. Thanks for sharing!

  5. time to be frivolous occasionally would be fine. i’d like to explore old cemeteries reading headstones and watching for angels. plus time for sitting under the avocado tree for a few minutes each day appeals to me.

  6. MaryJo says:

    I like walking around cemeteries too. Like you, Charlotte, I never saw an avocado tree.

  7. MaryJo says:

    Just checking out national bird day. Thanks, Alan.

  8. I love opting to walk instead of drive, and find it’s of the best things about living in rural Ireland, instead of the big cities I once inhabited. I spend a lot of time gazing at sheep.

  9. MaryJo says:

    Being in rural Ireland must be a haven. (You see much more walking and just gazing.)

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