The Anatomy of Shame

I didn’t see it coming. As I pulled into the parking lot, my only thought was to stay clear of the car coming out, so I cut the corner sharper than I’m accustomed to. And then there was this high-pitched screeching sound that could only be metal screaming against another…

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Cynical

This could be seen as the sequel to my previous post (The Loss of Innocence). However, be forewarned that it shows a more cynical, less understanding side of my nature. There are aspects of human behavior that I cannot – or will not – understand or condone. I’ve always seen…

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The Loss of Innocence

We learn the story as children: how Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of knowledge and became afraid. They lost the Garden, where all life was perfect, and there was no pain in the world. A stronger metaphor for the loss of innocence in our lives can hardly be…

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Denial

Last week, the untimely death of a friend shattered my peace of mind. Not because it was unexpected; on the contrary, for some time she had known her days were numbered. She had accepted the fact that her death was inevitable with grace and dignity and had made the most…

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The Promise of Spring

Spring and Easter are not only arriving early this year, the beginning of the season is marked by tragedy and unrest. This seems so contrary to what this season means. Springtime marks the end of the dark, cold season and the coming of light and warmth, bringing fertility to the…

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Panta Rhei

Several of my friends are facing big, life-changing events these days. Retirement, ending a relationship, having children… these are all examples of decisions that irrevocably change everything that defined us previously. Paired with the excitement of all the new possibilities opening up, comes the terror. What if things don’t work…

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Learning to Cope

In my last post (Peace of Mind?), I encouraged readers to leave the safe and secure borders of feeling at home and strike out into unknown territory. At that time, I promised to say something about coping. Rereading my post a few days later, I realized that I had done…

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Press Release

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE SEARCH FOR SELF-ACCEPTANCE In 1970 Madeleine Lenagh leaves her country of birth to escape the tensions of her home life. She settles down in her adopted country, troubled by emotions of the past. As family secrets emerge, Madeleine seeks to find her true self and…

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Afraid of the dark

I had planned to write this blog during the holidays. The theme has been bouncing around in my head since the Winter Solstice. I kept postponing the moment to sit down and write: until after the cookies were baked, after the Christmas visits had been made, after my trip to…

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