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News that is the opposite of good (but it isn’t all bad, either)

Remember way back in 1998 when “One True Thing” came out? I never cared for it at first. Then a subsequent viewing revealed layers of meaning I hadn’t bothered to notice before, both in the performances of the actors (especially Meryl Streep) and in the story. Kate’s cancer isn’t so much a plot point as it is a catalyst that moves her family members to different kinds of action. In the process all the lies and bullshit and half-truths get pushed aside, and people become who they pretend they are not. The truth comes out. Cancer can be as great a revelator as time.

Maybe the reason I can see this aspect of the film now so clearly is the same reason I’ve been absent for several weeks: My family has been dealing with a lung cancer diagnosis, and of course the one way I know to explain it is to couch it in movie terms. So for those few of you who are still hanging on to this now-sporadic blog, thank you for your patience, and I hope that you can find time (hey, there’s not always much new stuff to read here!) to send a few good thoughts our way. I hope to get back to reviewing movies soon, if only as a way to retain my sanity. 

12 Responses

  1. Prayers and happy thoughts to you and your family.

    The rest of us will always be around ready to read for whenever you feel like writing.

  2. Very sorry to hear about the hard times you and your family are going through. You are in my thoughts and prayers, too.

    And I am with Mad Hatter in assuring you that we, your readers, are still here, so just take all the time you need.


  3. Oh dear. Sending happy thoughts your way. We’ll be here waiting.

  4. You’ve got a permanent spot in my blog reader, so no worries about taking time off. I hope this get better for all involved.

  5. I pray that the hard times past soon. I don’t Blog as much mainly because I’m lazy. The rest of the time I’m watching a movie. Thanks for your honesty 🙂

  6. Best of luck, M. My family has gone through these kind of bouts three times now and it does get easier.

    • Thanks to each of you for your messages of support. In these kinds of situations people often say “I’m sorry there’s nothing I can do,” but I think it’s just the opposite. Offering kind words is more helpful and encouraging than I can say here.

  7. The above comments say it all, I may not comment much these days but am still a loyal reader. My thoughts are with you and yours.

  8. That sucks, M. My heart and well wishes go out to you and yours. I hope the family member affected by the big C overcomes it and that this soon will all be nothing but a bitter memory. And of course I will still check in on the blog just to see if you have had the time/chance/desire to add something new as I love your way with words.

  9. All my thoughts are with you. I lost my granddad the same way, decades after he stopped smoking.

  10. I’ll send some positive vibes your way, M. Best wishes to you and your clan.

    • Many thanks to everyone for their messages — dad is doing unexpectedly well with chemo.

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