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Archives for January, 2013

Recovery

When Sadness Strikes

For the past several years, I have sometimes (and sometimes often) felt sad for no particular reason.

I tend to notice these feelings most during my quiet moments - perhaps in the morning, or in the evening. While I am taking my walks is also a time when I have more attention to give to myself, and so sometimes I will notice the sadness then.

When it first started, I would hear this...
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You Deserve Better

Personally, I loathe this phrase.

I can't say it strongly enough. It has taken me awhile to come to this conclusion, however, because usually the people who end up saying it to me are long-time dear friends or family members, and I can tell there...
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Book Mentors

Conversations With Cosmo

Cosmo is a parrot. Specifically, she is an African Grey parrot and she lives in Georgia with Dr. Betty Jean Craige, a professor of literature and humanities. If you have spent more than five minutes reading my blog here (or elsewhere) you have already likely picked up on the fact parrots often edge out most people as my all-time favorite companions.

Parrots (unlike some people I've met) make smart, funny, hugely affectionate...
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Book Mentors

Thinking in Pictures

I am fascinated by Temple Grandin. Her story, her life, her unique ability to overcome the affects of a potentially debilitating condition like autism in a time when there was little known about either causes or treatments - it is nothing short of marvelous to me.

I can relate, of course. I learned how to transcend the often debilitating effects of my own disease - an eating...
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Silence

Peace in the Midst of Chaos

This phrase is one that has alternately inspired and terrified me for more than two decades now. It inspires me because it sounds like a wonderful way to live. It terrifies me because, most days, I am quite certain I will never be able to get there.

Finding peace in the midst of chaos appears to be one of those quests that requires accepting the...
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Recovery

The Active Wish-Maker

If I have learned anything in my 42 years to date, it is that making a wish often doesn't have the exact effect I was going for when I made it.

For instance, when I make a wish, assuming my part is done the moment the words have passed my lips (or emptied out of my mind) is both naive and fruitless. I can use wishing for patience as an example. My mentor has...
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Relationships

Conserving Our Words

Recently my mom lent me a stack of books. There were some must-reads, a few maybes, and a couple heck, nos. One of the maybes (which later turned into a heck, no) presented an interesting concept - more interesting than the book itself, as it turned out.

The concept was conserving our words. The book framed this in context with a group of women living in a convent and why it might be a...
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Recovery

Doing Something About It

I am a navel-gazer by nature. It's often not my favorite quality about myself, but there you have it. It wasn't something I necessarily chose - my introspective personality in all likelihood came pre-programmed, and learning how to manage it has been one of my big tasks to date in life.

What this often means is that I can get easily consumed in the "thinking about doing something" phase. This...
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