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Apr 30, 2023Liked by 3musesmerge

Enabling, addiction, tough love, withdrawal! This chapter can’t help suggesting parallels with human to human dynamics. We sometimes use “AAA” to note a healthy process for addressing life circumstances.

Awareness: I heard in this chapter the feeder-filler noting the rapid emptying of jelly reservoirs, while acknowledging the struggle. “What a beautiful creature! How nice to have this avian visitor peering through the window at me.”

Acceptance: Realizing that what has entered one’s awareness should not be shrugged off, and recognizing a potential drop in the value of Welch grape jelly stock, you accept that inaction isn’t an answer.

Action: Through being present and engaged in this dynamic, and seeking a workable adjustment, you chose reliance on Nature’s bounty and variety of alternative sustenance for your frequent flyer.

Wistfulness and a sense of guilt (I’ll miss his gorgeous feathers, and I hope he doesn’t suffer reverting to his natural diet) can stymy our efforts in doing the next right thing. If we’ve been thorough in using AAA, however, a workable and necessary action can be taken.

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Isn’t metaphor and story grand?

Sometimes when reading The Marginalian, and passages from those featured, I find myself having to work really hard to understand what they are trying to convey.

Perhaps that’s why I love books written for children… lessons presented in pleasing and easily understood stories.

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Apr 30, 2023Liked by 3musesmerge

I’m sometimes swept up in the “big words equal big ideas” trap. In both my own expressing of ideas and in choosing which writers to follow or emulate.

Today I read/hear that writing for a third grade level of comprehension is important to maximize understanding and readership!

While I relish dives into a Google search to learn a new word or place, too much of that interrupts the overall flow of what is being read or listened to.

In grade school a “big deal” was knowing the spelling and pronunciation of:

Antidisestablishmentarianism (opposition to disestablishment of the Church of England)

Big deal, indeed! 😁

“If you keep on doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep on getting what you’re getting.”

An engaged, energized community of folks that relate to your messaging.

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* If you think adults can’t handle it… write for children.

Can’t recall where I picked that gem up.

I have little doubt my life and thinking have been shaped in large part by children’s authors.

Speaking of… I want to get to the theater for this:

https://youtu.be/LzRzojHC3iE

Wouldn’t it be grand if Hollywood started bringing more classics like this to the masses?

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Apr 30, 2023Liked by 3musesmerge

I believe that movie would be so much fun. While seemingly “girl oriented” I think we can all relate to the awkwardness of that time in our lives. The governor and legislature here are effectively banning any sex education in K-12, so the timing for the release of “Hello, God” seems apropos!

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Truth be told I cannot recall how I figured out what to “do” during that life evolution — with my mother and older sister gone it was just me and my dad. 🤔 As is bound to happen, I found my way through.

Speaking of The Marginalian, today’s was particularly interesting to me!

There is room in this world for the complex and the simple. All kinds of kinds. 😁

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