Blog posts about the Rabbi Aviva Cohen Mysteries and their author Rabbi Ilene Schneider

The ubiquitous they always say we should not make resolutions, as it just sets us up for failure. I generally don’t follow most popular advice, but I do in this case. I don’t make resolutions.

Weight loss? Forty years of futility have taught me that it if I want to have a better BMI, it would be easier for me to grow taller. Exercise more? I suppose it’s possible, as there’s no way I could exercise less. De-clutter and reorganize the house? Only if I win the lottery and hire someone to do it, and the chances of my winning the lottery are the same as the chances I’ll become a professional singer.

But, for some unfathomable reason, I decided this year to come up with a list of 12 probably attainable resolutions. I’m sure there are a lot of others I could list, but you’ll note that “stop being so lazy” is not included. Neither is “stop procrastinating,” so I’ll add more at another time. If I feel like it.

  1. Update this blog weekly. Okay, monthly. Well, more often than every six months. I’m already off to a good start, as today’s Jan. 1.
  2. Work regularly on the third Rabbi Aviva Cohen mystery, Yom Killer. Then, when Unleavened Dead is published (from my mouth to God’s ears; kenahora;tu-tu-tu), the next book will be ready to go into production.
  3. Go birding more often. I’m already off to a good start on this resolution, too, as I spent the day at the Forsythe NWR (aka Brig). And I plan to take a detour to Corkscrew Swamp and Ding Darling NWR on Sanibel Island when I drive from my parents’ house in Boynton Beach to Orlando for Sleuthfest in February.
  4. Don’t buy any more books about birding until I read the ones I’ve already bought.
  5. Don’t buy any more Kindle books until I read all the ones on my to-be-read list.
  6. Don’t buy any more DVDs until I watch all the ones that are still shrink-wrapped.
  7. Don’t TiVo any shows or movies unless I am really going to watch them within the next six months.
  8. Place resolutions 4, 5, 6, and 7 into the unrealistic category.
  9. Watch season 2 of “Homeland” and “Game of Thrones.”  (Try and stop me!)
  10. Read Game of Thrones. All 5 volumes. Or 6 or 7 or how many are published by the time I get through the ones already in print.
  11. Get to Israel this year. It’s been too long. And try to go during the height of the bird migration.  I’ve already started googling “birding tours in Israel.”
  12. Stop obsessing about my ranking on Amazon. It’s meaningless. Except when it’s a high ranking.

Writing, birding, reading, traveling. Yup. I can do all of those.

Happy 2012. May all your resolutions be easy ones to fulfill.

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1 Comment

  1. sunnyfrazier said,

    January 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm  · Edit

    I loved #8. Good to know when goals are unrealistic. But, isn’t life all about breaking our resolutions to get to the fun stuff? And, there’s always a chance you’ll catch up on reading, watching DVD’s and clearing your TiVo. A remote chance, but who knows?

Comments on: "2012 NON-RESOLUTION RESOLUTIONS" (1)

  1. Great resolutions. I promise not to purchase another Kindle book. Of course I have a Nook. Now it’s time for me to list my twelve and pray that they are as fun as yours.

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