The beginning

Hello, Everyone or No One,

I am betwixt and between. I have a new MBA in Strategic Management and all of the issues of a new college grad in her 20s. I am also married to a GM/UAW retiree on disability, with all the issues that go along with being retired and on Social Security.I come from a working class and now have a professional degree. I live in Michigan, but am planning to move to Virginia. I have been Protestant and Eastern Orthodox, but now do not know what I believe. I feel semi-Buddhist.

Every aspect of my life requires in-depth explanation, but every explanation is a story and I no longer want to invest myself into yet another self-image. They all feel completely made-up. Perhaps this journal is my venting of the various personality themes I have embraced and rejected.

What I desire is simplicity, perhaps in the Zen fashion. However, I see and feel the inter-connectedness of all things, which makes everything seem complicated. I distrust simplistic solution to complex problems. Many aspects of reality or experience must be ignored in order to believe in pat solutions to today’s problems.

What I believe is that everyone has the right to do what they want to do, which includes imposing consequences on each other’s behavior. We all have the right to respond to others’ behavior as we see fit. Freedom and responsibility necessarily go together. Freedom without responsibility is license; responsibility without freedom is slavery. When one is reduced, the other is in peril.

And, yes, I am as nerdy as the picture makes me look. I need to find other pics of myself from others to upload, as the only digital camera I possess is on my laptop. I just thought anyone looking at my blog should see who the author is. 🙂Image

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About cdhoagpurple

I live in Michigan. I was Greek Orthodox (and previously Protestant), but now am more Buddhist than anything. I am single now (through the till-death-do-you-part clause of the marriage contract). My husband Barry was a good man and celebrated 30 years in AA. I am overly educated, with an MBA. My life felt terminally in-limbo while caring for a sick husband, but I am free now. I see all things as being in transition. Impermanence is the ultimate fact of life. Nothing remains the same, good or bad.

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