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Book Review: The Silent Cry by Cathy Glass

Book Cover for The Silent Cry by Cathy Glass - a girl is sitting on a swing looking up over her left shoulder at the camera

Mental Health is pervasive and Kim’s story adds to the discourse.

Regular readers of my blog know that I am in absolute love with the Cathy Glass collection. In “The Silent Cry” by Cathy Glass, mental health has a large focus and Cathy’s approach to it is amazing. As this is a book set in earlier years, I am pleased to be part of Cathy’s younger world as I am guilty of having read her books horribly out of order. I enjoy the different dynamic between Cathy and her young children, Adrian and Paula.

However, this capturing of Kim’s story is truly a story about the interconnect of relationships that each of us go through, along with the thought process that a friend has when there are clear signs that her friend is struggling. This is the first in the series that I’ve seen a disrupted and changing storyline in terms of the children that are coming into Cathy’s care. In this book, you get to experience her mainly providing respite (short term care). As she is doing this, she is also worries about Kim’s mom. Cathy’s experiences with Kim’s grandmother, which are quite cold, do little to quell her concerns.

After quite a length of time, Cathy is able to get through to the family that is covering up a mental illness. Finally, Kim’s mom receives a diagnosis of post-partum psychosis. This is a rare development that can occur after pregnancy and is treatable. After all the adults involved come together to help, Kim’s mom is on the road to recovery and health.

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Mental health is an important matter! Please ensure that you and your loved ones encourage each other to receive help when it’s needed. There are qualified, professional people in your area who are able to help by phone, email or in person.

Need help? Google “*City Name* Mental Health”. 

Don’t Read More in 2017!

It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m here to tell you why you shouldn’t be resolute in adding “read more” to your resolutions list.

This is pretty much how it goes: during the festivities of saying goodbye (and bye Felicia) to 2016, it’s inevitable that someone is going to ask what your resolution is. Internally, you’ll roll your eyes and either give a half-baked answer or you’ll be super prepared with a litany of responses (they said they had time right?). By March, these wonderful intentions will have taken a backseat to your other stuff, mainly Netflix and pizza.

All good, I’m not here to judge. I’m here to remind you why reading just isn’t your jam:

1) Recreation reading means you’ll spend your free time… reading.
(Wasn’t school enough?!)

 

2) Learning new words, and their definitions, gives you nausea.

(Knowing the meaning of those words is superfluous)

 

3) Books are so damn heavy. 

(If you wanted to lift, you’d go to the gym)

 

4) Books give you too much time away from the screen.

(Going to check the FBSnapInstaTwitverse now)

5) Legit, there’s no time to read books.

(Who has time for all those words without pictures anyway?!)

 

6) You might use intelligent sounding words in conversation.

(Dropping a linguistic mic only works with your nerdy/brilliant friends)

7) You read enough.(Social media counts right?)

And, if you really want to read more next year, check out How to Love Reading (Again).

Happy New Year and may 2017 be fabulous to you!

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How to Love Reading (Again)

While your coffee order is being filled, you look around and you see people hanging out with friends and then, you spot them. And their love.

 

The reader. The solitary person hanging out with characters of a distant land, breaking through the depths of the human imagination while waiting for their work day to start.

 

You’ve wondered how people can spend hours in a bookstore. *Let’s not kid ourselves, book lovers would live among the stacks if we were allowed*.

You’re curious about what drags people into paper, ink and imagination. What could possibly take one from the land of the living into…a book.

Here’s a few things you can do to become a book lover:
  1. Start slow, it’s not a race.
    There’s literally no reason for you to start consuming books as if your blood is made of letters and your cells punctuation. Start with one book.
  2. Pick a good book. For you.
    There are millions of books out there. There are recommendations to go with each of them. Start with a book that appeals to you. Some questions to ask: Who do I admire and want to learn more about? What are my hobbies? Do I want to read a story or hard facts?
  3. Make the time to read.
    If you’re not a big reader, 15 minutes a day will ensure that you’re getting through that book. If you want to go hardcore and finish a book in a few days, then go for it. Take your time and relish the time you have to spend with the book.
  4. Start a reading log.
    This can be a simple sheet that says the day you’re reading, the book you’re reading and the amount of pages you read that day.
  5. Rinse and repeat.
    This is the most important step. Even if you didn’t like and/or didn’t finish the last book, try again. There are many more opportunities for you to fall in love with the depths of the printed human imagination.

If you’d like to get some ideas, take a look at my Readviews.