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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Yup. This too.

I love where I live. I don’t know if that is due to my zodiac sign (Cancer/water lover) or the fact that I grew up spending summers swimming on a lake in our home town. Whatever the reason, the sea massages my spirit and makes me feel whole. Though I’ve lived within a 10-minute driving distance to the ocean for my entire married life, it never gets old and I can’t stay away for long.

Prior to 2009, though, it wasn’t in the picture, ahem, that I would have so much time to spend walking and absorbing the ebb and flow, breathing in the rush of the tides and the rippling marsh grasses around me. As most of you know though, things changed early that year and I found myself with lots of free time, a yearning to write my brains out, and the need to walk and walk and walk to clear my muddled head.

Then, I started bringing the camera on those trips, photographing what I intended to write about later, and including the best of the images on Middle Passages. On tough writing days, the photos even became a way to post when the right words floated beyond my brain. That didn’t matter though, because you liked the pictures and asked to see more.

As a result, at the encouragement of so many of you, (special thanks here goes to Tabitha Bird, Through My Eyes ) I’ve created LCS Prints. Through this outlet, several of my favorite photos are now offered for sale, mounted on 5”x7” blank greeting cards. Click on the link for more info.

So here I am. I’ve got a PayPal account, a Facebook Fanpage, and a new blog. That’s in addition to LCS Writes  and my part-time job at the cheese shop. Our dining room table is covered with boxes containing an inventory of scenic seaside and coastal New England pictures. Sometimes I look at that table and wonder how I’m going to manage it all.

But here’s the thing. At the end of that first-ever Middle Passages blog post, my hands still trembled with aftershocks a mere eighteen hours after my employment of 23 years imploded.  In spite of (or maybe because of?) of my state of distress, the first piece had poured off my fingers. Slightly in awe of myself, I wrote: “I can do this.”

This time I’ve had a little more time to plan.

Introducing LCS Prints. I can do this, too.


Robin said...

Of course you can do this. Did anyone doubt it????

Elana Johnson said...

You CAN! I'm so excited to see what you've got.

glnroz said...

Ms. Liza,
You are an inspiration to a whole bunch of us. Following your posts and reading and seeing your pics, gives one a feeling of support in our challenging world so we can say "Yup, I can do this too",,whatever it is we might be talking about. lol thnx,,Glenn,, keep it up..

sue said...

Liza, I'm so pleased you visited me and commented on my post "Foot in mouth". I wouldn't have known your wonderful blog existed otherwise.

I'm going to refer some of my clients to read about your career change experience as unfortunately the cutbacks are still playing havoc with people's lives.

Does your sister blog?

Helen Ginger said...

Congratulations Liza! You are so strong. You triumphed over the loss of a job and seemed to sort of recreate yourself. You can't see me grinning, but I am so happy for you.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Liza that's awesome! You can do it. You've come this far, haven't you?

Lydia Kang said...

That's so awesome that you're doing that! The job loss is awful, but we must and can reinvent ourselves.
Good luck!

Robyn Campbell said...

YAY, Liza! I am so proud to know such a STRONG woman. You CAN do anything, my friend. Anything!

I can't wait to see what you have. YAY YOU! :)

Anonymous said...

Well Congrats! to you. You take such awesome pictures. I wish you the best in this endeavour. Especially during this upcoming holiday season.

Janna Qualman said...

How exciting! I love it when an idea percolates into creative endeavor. Wishing you the best!

Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

Arlee Bird said...

Good luck with your endeavors. You are an inspiration to the rest of us in a similar position as you are in. I need to come up with something to bring in some extra money as well, but I'm sure it won't have anything to do with taking pictures or any visual art--I don't think I have that talent.

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