Author: lizmcleodblog

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C.S. Lewis famously stated, “We read to know we are not alone.” For those of us with a bent to putting words on the paper / screen, I think that is what we are trying to do to some extent. We are reaching out. Not just to have confirmation that we are not alone, but…

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Many want to emphasize the difference in these two concepts and while I agree in principal with the idea of being comfortable in my own idea of myself and my own company, I have been there for years in relationships. I have been comfortable with my own company for a long time. I do not…

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I have been playing recently with taking the pits from my avocados and trying to get them to sprout in a glass of water. I have one that has developed into an 18” plant now with about 8-10 large leaves. I have another attempt in progress. Now, I grew up with parents who had gardens,…

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Just enjoyed re-reading “The Ugly Duckling” and accompanying commentary. It is remarkable to me how often so many will only be drawn to and acknowledge those of like kind. In all honesty, how many times do many of us run instinctively towards what is different from us? How many are more interested in staying with…

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Have you ever wondered, I mean really wondered about humans’ need to label? We label everything. I don’t mean just name, I mean label. Every name even has connotations for us in some form or another. ‘Pillow’ usually means comfort, but sometimes lazy. Certain foods often taste good or bad because of our experiences around…

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At first it is as if I am underwater. Everything is muffled and I feel as if I am wrapped in a thick blanket that is making me too hot. But I don’t want to unwrap that blanket for fear of what is lurking outside, ready to lash out and sting. It is easier and…

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“Real people are not just ideas…” – Kenya Barris What’s funny to me is that as many times as we try to connect, try to reach out to another, try to find a common ground… We are so often just either projecting our needs onto them and never realizing how far off base we are,…

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  I, like many, had another post I was going to put up today, but in light of this week’s events, I’m afraid it would be inappropriate to not be aware. First and foremost, my heart goes out to each and every individual involved in the Las Vegas shooting. No one should ever have to…

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Ah the things I feel like I have ruined along the way. Grief and despair have this unfortunate ability to rise and grow without much feeding. A few minutes with regret and boom! They seem to tower over the whole day. I work to listen to music, read, write, and find positives to bolster the…

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Fairy tales and myths fascinate me, as I know they do many writers. These stories after all, are often our first segue into the world of fantasy, lore, and legend. They are also our link to ancestors and even the archetypes buried in our psyche. Jung was of course, famously fascinated by them. Fairy tales…