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About Parallelaphors – 7 Years LaterLong hair, Kukui nuts

November 24, 2015

My name is Miriam Levy Gordon. When I started this blog in 2008, I called it Parallelaphors because I tend to think in metaphors, and draw parallels between things that just tend to pop up in my mind. Parallelaphors is a portmanteau of parallels and metaphors.

It’s been quite a while since I updated this page. A lot has happened in the past 7 years and I’m in a completely different frame of mind now than I was when I first started this blog. I’ve gained many new insights, mostly into myself and my life. I am ready to write publicly again, armed with these new insights, with the ultimate goal of sharing my experiences with you, dear reader, in the hope that they will give you insights into your own life challenges.

I know I have no monopoly on suffering, but I’ve suffered and struggled mightily to meet the challenges that have come my way in my 52 years of life. For instance, I found out only 3 years ago, at the age of 49, that I had ADHD (inattentive). It made a great deal of sense in retrospect, which helped me to reframe various past incidents, but had my parents known then what I know now, my life and the life of my family would have been very different.

I sometimes refer to myself as a “cactus flower” because cactus flowers are traditionally “late bloomers.”  The Saguaro cactus flower, shown at the top of this page, doesn’t bloom until the cactus is about 50 years old. So there I am! The cactus flower is a metaphor, or “paralellaphor” for me.

The Saguaro cactus lives approximately 150-200 years, and grows its first arm around 80 years into it’s life. My husband likes to remind me that life isn’t 200 years long – but he doesn’t know that I’m a Saguaro cactus in human form 😉

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