Writers as a group are cited as having a high rate of depression and anxiety. I can understand that. And particularly now when the publishing industry is in flux and morphing into heaven knows what.
I’m wondering if this is a natural, low-cost option:
The website says the Thundershirt is good for treating fear of thunder and fireworks, separation anxiety, travel anxiety, crate training, problem barking, hyperactivity, leash pulling and more. I don’t have all of those, but at $39.99, plus S&H, it’s cheaper than pills!
I looked at the sizing chart and think I can get away with a XXL. I’m not crazy about the flap across the neck though.
On a more serious note, Pat Robertson is taking a lot of heat for the advice ha gave a viewer of the 700 Club. In his opinion, if your spouse succumbs to Alzheimer’s disease, you should then be free to divorce the first spouse and remarry, as long as you provide for the first spouse.
Years ago, I read of a Christian couple in which the husband released his wife from their vows when he became bedridden from a debilitating, chronic–not terminal–disease. Not unlike Alzheimer’s. My problem with the notion of releasing one another from marriage vows is that covenant involves three beings. I don’t think a majority vote cancels the deal.
This morning I was cruising the channels and saw a morning “entertainment” show taking on this story. Of course they thought Robertson was a creep and terrible person for giving such advice. I think he’s dead wrong, but not a creep. The vows are until death, through all the triumphs and travails of life. Including aging and the wasting that comes with it.
As I was watching these people batting Robertson around, I considered that with a sympathetic screenwriter, a good director, a familiar and lovable actors, this story could be made into a Lifetime movie that would have them all looking thoughtful and mouthing how difficult the situation is, and how much pain is involved, and why doesn’t someone find a cure for Alzheimer’s anyway!! It would be even better if some of the cast or crew has a family member who went through the exact same thing so that they could tear up on the publicity tour.
The lesson here for writers is that story makes all the difference. An unpopular public figure stating their opinion can look like a hypocritical and heartless pronouncement . A well-crafted story has the poer to take that same subject matter, frame in a new light, giving it flesh, bones, and heart. As I said before, with the right framing, the naysayers would be in a bind and less forthcoming with their own pronouncements. And, if you chose to show the opposite side, the spouse staying in the marriage, there could be hope and nobility given to the issue.
We all live by stories. Writers even more so.
Have a good weekend.
Take care–Susan Kaye