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Roz Chast–again!

In Janet Yano’s blog, Warren’s Daughter, she made a recent post: Read This Book If You Have Older Parents

Janet said:
“Well, I’ve discovered the bible for the other big life stage. The one nobody wants to talk about, or think about, much less spend precious free time reading about. Yep, that’s old age and all the scary things that come with it.”

This is so very, very true! I, too, have written a book, What to Do about Mama? wtdam_cabout my own caregiving experience, along with those of 34 other caregivers. My intention was to give potential caregivers a “heads-up” about what to expect. I’m seeing a lot of these attitudes about the whole topic:

Potential caregivers: I don’t need to read it yet.
Current caregivers: I’m too busy to read it now.
Past caregivers: I want to put it all behind me.

Roz Chast’s book, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? something the public will look forward to reading.

Barbara Matthews

Warren's Daughter

Women rush to read the bible of all pregnancy books, What To Expect When You’re Expecting, when they become pregnant.

Well, I’ve discovered the bible for the other big life stage.  The one nobody wants to talk about, or think about, much less spend precious free time reading about.  Yep, that’s old age and all the scary things that come with it.

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, by famed New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, is marvelous and should be required reading for everyone (in my humble opinion).  She mixes humor with the painful realities that come with caring for older parents.  And, in the process, she makes you feel less alone and less incompetent at a job that comes with no training manual.

Book Cover: Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

And, don’t just take my word for the power of this book.  Last evening I attended a book reading by Roz Chast, which felt more like a revival meeting…

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A Caregiving Comic

If you know me, you know that I LOVE the comics. What I love is the way the cartoonist recognizes the humor and irony in the little everyday slices of life. So, the following comic strip (which is actually more of a comic “book”) will make you smile. But in reality, it is oh so true!
“Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?” by Roz Chast http://www.newyorker.com/sandbox/sketchbook/chast-parents/

Barbara Matthews

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