Ahhh — the review of a review. I LOVE this! Thank you @seumasgallacher!
… I could never comprehend the urge that my English Literature schoolteachers possessed in constantly imploring we poor numbskull ten-and eleven-year old children to ‘understand’ what the great historic writers were ‘trying to say to us’… in Billy Shakespeare’s King Dickie III, for example, the monarch squeals out , ‘…a horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse…’… now , ‘Master ten-year old Gallacher’, asks the professor, ‘ what do ye think Shakespeare’s’s REALLY trying to say to us?…’ … is he kidding me, or what?… ‘ … please Sir, it looks like he needs some alternative transport to get his arse to f*ck out of there before he cops a belt in the mouth…’… apparently that particular Govan-bred response was not high on the dominie’s expected deliberations… a smack round the ear was my usual reward for such enlightend ‘interpretation’ of the classical authors and…
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My uber connected and talented author friend Elise Stokes has joined a new group of MG authors, called Emblazoners.
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Reposted from Albuquerque Journal
Lisa Jey Davis , of Santa Monica, CA, has had a double mastectomy, and poses for a portrait Thursday May 16, 2013. (Pat Vasquez-Cunningham/Journal)
A few days after Angelina Jolie announced she had undergone a double mastectomy to beat the odds of getting breast cancer, Albuquerque native Lisa Jey Davis shared her own version of a very similar story.
And she has no regrets.
Davis, 47, a 1983 graduate of Del Norte High School who now runs a publicity company from her Santa Monica, Calif., apartment, was in town this week to cheer on her son, who will graduate from Manzano High School on Saturday. While here, she wanted to spread a message: For those who have a gene mutation that raises their risk for cancer, getting a double mastectomy is a viable choice.
Davis, the 10th of 11 siblings who grew up near Lomas and Pennsylvania, described the journey that led to her decision. It was connected to her older sister Mimi, the sixth born. Mimi fought ovarian cancer for seven years. There was chemo, there was pain.
“Wretched,” Davis recalled. Mimi Sherwood Larimore died in August 2010.
So Davis got herself tested genetically in 2011. The results: She has the BRCA2 gene mutation. That gave her close to a four-out-of-five shot of someday getting breast cancer, but having her breasts removed would plunge the risk down to the single digits, below that of the general population.
She could wait and see if she was diagnosed with cancer in 10, 15, 20 or 30 years, even though she exercises regularly. Practices yoga. Eats healthy foods. “I’m the first to go after the holistic approach,” she said.
Or, she could have a prophylactic double mastectomy. Near the time she got tested, she’d been contemplating some breast work anyway. After having breast implants in 2001, “I was already going in for breast reconstruction surgery,” she said. “So it was a no-brainer to have a double mastectomy.”
Having the knowledge of her genetics, she was in a position to make a self-empowering decision.
“My thought is, you’ve only got so many road signs in life … for me, this was the correct path,” she said. “Although surgery is a very radical form of treatment, it’s also, I think, a very responsible thing to do.”
Davis, who blogs weekly as Ms. Cheevious (www.mscheevious.com), discussed her options with her family and loved ones. The divorced mother of two sons said her older one had reservations, but he came around with time and more information. “No one tried to persuade me not to have it.”
But some people, she knows, learn they have the gene mutation and take a wait-and-see approach, being open to more traditional treatment down the road if necessary.
“That’s a choice too, and that’s OK,” she said. “I’m not saying this is for everyone … I would be there standing behind any one of my sisters or my best friends,” she said, if they chose to be more conservative.
That wasn’t her choice, and it wasn’t Jolie’s, either. The academy-award winning actress with a BRCA1 gene mutation wrote in a recent New York Times op-ed piece that after prophylactic double mastectomy surgeries between February and April, followed by the wearing of tubes and drains to allow trapped fluids to escape, her children would probably never have to worry about losing her to breast cancer.
Once Davis made her decision, the procedure began at 6 a.m. on Dec. 5, 2011, in a Los Angeles surgery center and took five to six hours. Her surgeon built a natural wall along which her breasts would rest, using a material the body accepts. Her old implants were taken out along with her breast tissue, and a new pair of implants was put in – all in one surgical process covered by her insurance.
Down the road there would be other procedures to naturalize the appearance, but after the initial surgery, she said, she went to a hotel-like recovery center where they fed her filet mignon. She was feeling groggy, but OK. She was swollen and used the drainage tubes as Jolie did. She didn’t have a lot of pain.
A month later, in January 2012, Davis had her ovaries removed, a procedure Jolie has expressed the intention to do as well. Davis said she would warn her that procedure was more painful.
Now, looking back on her choices, she commends herself for making them because they give her peace of mind.
“There’s still that very, very remote risk” of someday developing cancer despite the surgery. Should that happen, she speculated, even after living holistically and having the surgeries, she would just have to accept it.
“If I did all I could,” she said, “I guess I was meant to have it.”
- The Economics of Breast Cancer Procedures (psmag.com)
- Angelina Jolie’s Double Mastectomy: Will More Women Choose This Surgery? (news.health.com)
- How common is the BRCA gene mutation that Angelina Jolie has? (o.canada.com)
Living for NOW. These are words and a sentiment that capture the essence of our cultural vernacular. But how easy are these words to embody? Not very. Living for now and letting go of all attachments that keep us tethered to the past or wishing for the future must be a life-goal and a focused discipline. These are words that resonate with me. I see their value and hope to excel at executing them one day. Live for Now… and Dr. Luann Robinson Hull expounds on it so well… Read on…
Let Go of Forever & LIVE FOR NOW
“The only authentic responsibility is toward your own potential, your own intelligence and awareness-and to act accordingly… if you act according to your past, that is reaction… Response is moment to moment. It has nothing to do with memory, it has something to do with your awareness. You see the situation with clarity; you are clean, silent, serene. Out of this serenity, you act spontaneously. It is not reaction, it is action. You have never done it before. And the beauty of it is that it will suite the situation.” (Osho, 2003, p.32).
How can we give up our conditioned worries, fears and insecurities, while allowing ourselves to be with whatever is happening now? Staying focused more and more on this moment, instead of fretting over the past or worrying about the future, you will begin to notice some significant shifting in…
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What an encouragement to know that so many of the greatest authors around were rejected — sometimes many times. It merely serves to prove my video blog’s point: “NEVER GIVE UP!” On the other hand, one of the reasons I’ve stated as why I never wanted to truly pursue acting in the land of Entertainment where I live, is because of the horrible rejection factor. I can’t take it.
I suppose I’ve just traded one pitfall for another. Ah well. C’est La Vie! I am WRITING!
This is a reblog of a post I found on http://cristianmihai.net/2013/04/29/famous-rejection-letters-2/ via my friend (and fellow author) on Facebook, Vickie McKeehan.
For any aspiring writer, a rejection letter, regardless of the provenience of said letter, is one of the most dreaded of objects. In this line of work getting rejected is considered a sort of literary murder – people are knowingly destroying something you’ve spent time on, and a lot of it. But the thing is everyone got rejected, more or less. I can think of very few instances when writers found publishers/agents from the first try. Or the second, or the tenth.
Editors/agents are quite human. So they make mistakes. But it’s not just about that, like one publisher wrote Frank Herbert while rejecting Dune ( I might be making the mistake of the decade, but …) It’s more along the line of literary preferences. I know publishing is an industry, and I know that it’s all about business decisions, but editors/agents make those decision on account of their own ideas of how a book should look or what it should do, and they have to be able to sell it. It’s like giving your novel to a lot of random strangers. If you’re unlucky, you might even get a long streak of people who won’t like your story.
Agatha Christie got 500 rejections, and then went on to sell more books than anyone else on the planet, with the exception of Shakespeare.
J.K. Rowling got 12 rejections, before making a billion dollars out of Harry Potter, and breaking all sorts of ridiculous records in terms of book sales.
Dr. Seuss got a rejection letter than went like this, “Too different from other juveniles on the market to warrant its selling.” Of course, he didn’t give up.
“I’m sorry Mr. Kipling, but you just don’t know how to use the English language.” – this is how the youngest writer to ever receive the Nobel Prize for Literature was rejected.
“We feel that we don’t know the central character well enough.”- this is what J.D. Salinger got for The Catcher in the Rye, which is probably famous just because the narrator has such a clear and interesting voice.
“It would be extremely rotten taste, to say nothing of being horribly cruel, should we want to publish it.” – this one was addressed to Hemingway.
William Golding received something like this, “An absurd and uninteresting fantasy which was rubbish and dull.” Of course, he didn’t give up, and his masterpiece, The Lord Of The Flies sold 15 million copies.
It took Gertrude Stein 20 years before getting her first poem published.
As I said earlier, Frank Herbert got rejected 20 times, John Grisham got rejected 25 times, even the very prolific/rich/famous Stephen King got a dozen rejection letters for Carrie.
“Too radical of a departure from traditional juvenile literature.” – The Wizard of Oz
Even notorious bestsellers, like Twilight ( got rejected 14 times) or The Help (60 rejection letters) stand as proof to the fact that rejection is a part of a writer’s life.
“An endless nightmare. I think the verdict would be ‘Oh don’t read that horrid book.” – War Of The Worlds, H.G. Wells.
“Our united opinion is entirely against the book. It is very long, and rather old-fashioned.” – Moby Dick.
Even James Joyce, who some consider to be the supreme literary genius of the past century received 22 rejections for The Dubliners, before it finally got published. He sold three hundred books in the first year, out of which 120 were bought by the author himself.
“An absurd story as romance, melodrama or record of New York high life.”- rejection letter for The Great Gatsby
Alex Haley wrote for eight years before selling his first short story. Eventually he went on to win the Pulitzer. Much like Normal Mailer, who got his fair share of rejection letters before winning the Pulitzer also. Twice.
To end this post on a positive note, I believe that the only thing a writer can do is write. And he has to persevere at this task. If he starts the day thinking about getting published, about landing that six figure deal, or just finding an agent, if he writes with the thought of having to write something brilliant, because anything short of brilliant won’t impress the agents, he’s just putting unnecessary pressure on his shoulders.