You know, lately, if I wasn’t so busy writing blank pages, then it sure seems as though I wrote an awful lot about depression. Yet there are always two sides to a coin and when you flip one in the air, you’re bound to see the other side eventually. It may not look like it when the damned thing is spinning so fast, but the other side – the face side – is there at the ready; in a moment’s notice.
Chapter 48: “License Lost”
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On a chilly day in September, I began two things: my very first semester of college and my scheduled license suspension.
I wrote a post yesterday about working through a depression regarding my financial & creative funks. The response was overwhelming, to say the least– well, on Facebook; I can’t for the life of me figure out how to get people to comment directly through WordPress. I wrote a post about the nurses’ strike one time that elicited several comments, but that’s about it.
The reason for the follow-up is that I wanted to demonstrate the effect that these responses can have on an individual experiencing such a low. We all scroll through Facebook and ‘Like’ or ‘Haha’ or ‘Sad’ or ‘Wow!’ a post about kittens and Trump, but we rarely talk to each other and never ask how anyone else is doing.
This week I phoned home and watched a movie that I used to dislike greatly. I’m talking the 1982 family film:
The guys talk the history of the Writer’s Guild of America’s strike from 2007-08, Movies most people love that we do not, and YouTube’s effect on Film.
Then we have a GIVEAWAY! Alex gives away something to one lucky listener who follows the instructions at the end of the show. The winner will be announced on Facebook and Twitter on May 10th!
Intro (Starts at 00:00)
Alex– Films Most People Like That We Don’t (2:10)
Jamie– The Writer’s Strike [including update] (13:30)
Tim- YouTube’s effect on Film (33:47)
#52PickUp– Lake Placid (44:01)
Tim’s Communal Film– (52:34)
Plugs and Close (54:44)
WGA Strike Update:
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Chapter 47: “The Ronald McDonald Bar Harbor Retreat”
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Soon after receiving my camera, the eternal window into my past, we visited the Pediatric Outpatient Oncology Clinic for my typical monthly checkup.
It was here that Betsy, the Pediatric Social Worker, had told us of a yearly retreat the Ronald McDonald House puts on for the families battling cancer. It was the weekend after Labor Day, so the rates were cheap and best of all: they paid for the entire event.