been a while!
everyone. Sorry, it's been so long between
blogs. By way of explanation, I have been
updating and editing my book about Robert.
It's finally finished. I did submit it to
an agent who said, and I quote, that
the story was "remarkable
and the material . . . compelling and very
well done." However, she passed on the
project. She felt that because I had
neither a "platform" nor the ability to
"publicize myself," she could not
successfully place the book.
Sounds like a
Catch-22 -- I can't be published unless I'm
already famous or published. . . .
So, right now,
I'm cleaning the book up and getting it
ready for self-publication. It's got a
tremendous amount of research in it, and I'd
hate to see it go to waste.
Okay, so much
for the update.
Did anyone catch
the article entitled, "Spanking Linked to
Mental Health?" (Newsday, Feb. 7, 2012 at
A38). The Canadian Medical Association
Journal concluded that "virtually without
exception . . . physical punishment was
associated with higher levels of aggression
against parents, siblings, peers and
spouses." The study also noted that
anxiety, depression and drug and alcohol
abuse also were linked to physical
I must admit,
that when Robert was young, in desperation
to control his behavior, he got spanked a
couple of times. Thankfully, we stopped
this practice almost immediately. Even
though it was the way I was brought up (and
I like to think I'm fairly well adjusted),
and we were "doing it for his own good,"
there was just something so abhorrent about
striking another person -- especially your
own defenseless child -- that we couldn't do
So much for
"spare the rod, spoil the child," huh?