Changing My Mind

Changing My Mind

As you know I am a fast reader, usually finishing a book in twenty-four hours or less.  If it doesn’t intrigue me little time is wasted and if it does then it is worth a reread.

My week as Queen of Hamilton is almost up – the family returns tomorrow evening from Disney and I will once again take up my royal residence in Kitchener.  My subjects in the last seven days have been; Bree the yellow, eating everything plastic or metal in sight Lab, Jack a white blue eyed but deaf very social entity cat, and Jewels also a white but I don’t think deaf, and a Queen onto herself cat who frankly does not give a damn.

I came prepared with my iPad and journal and books, however the first night I saw a book on the dresser called ‘Changing My Mind’ by Margaret Trudeau.  For my non Canadian friends who may not have heard of her, Margaret was a way too young hippy in the sixties who caught the eye and captured the heart of our then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, who was I think twenty-nine years her senior.  Sort of a Charles and Diana scenario in the extreme.

Anyway it turns out that our free thinking pot smoking, very sexual heroine suffers from bipolar illness.  This is a very serious illness and obviously a popular one since some of the ‘stars’ of late have glamorized it.  Are you listening Catherine Zeta Jones?  I am surprised Lindsay Lohan has not laid claim to it to excuse her behavior.

As a nurse I have seen the effects of this horrible affliction, patients finally balanced with medication who when they are feeling their best decide they feel so good they do not need their medication.  It is an ongoing cycle and I can only applaud those in their never ending struggle.  For a struggle it is.

When I first started reading this book I was tempted to put it down a dozen times.  Just another public figure always using the same excuse ….oh I did drugs and had affairs (including Teddy Kennedy) and embarrassed myself and my family countless times because I was ill.  Oh poor me.

It took me a whole week to finish this book, to put aside my judgements on public manipulation.  I put it down and swore I would not finish it again and again.

In the last three chapters Margaret makes her point, and I am glad I hung in there till the end.  It wasn’t easy.  It is not an easy book to read.

So all in all, I am glad I was not the one changing her mind!

Yesterday my post on S. C. Barrus at awayandaway.com was my 100th post.  I am not sure it merits recognition..just saying..

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10 thoughts on “Changing My Mind”

  1. Memories flood, Joss. At first, Margaret was the envy of Canadian women of an age within that span of 29 years. Then, she began to rebel – confusing so many of us who thought she had it all. I wrote her off for a while – as a spoiled brat. As more has been revealed, compassion slowly dawned.

    Want to come out to the West Coast and house/cat sit? Queen of the Island position is open though there could be jousting invitations from Queen of the Mist. 😀

  2. it’s not a book I would have picked up, like you, I don’t have a lot of interest in stars glamourizing mental illness. But having read your comments, I think I will see if there is a copy of it around somewhere that I can read.

  3. So what happened in those last three chapters. I seem to be spending more time writing than reading these days as well as time reading on my computer. I now have a Nook and can read in bed without the light bothering David. I am doing old ones that I missed. Middlemarch which I enjoyed and wish I knew how to capture quotes on the Nook. It can be done. Will learn in time. Anyway, now working on Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein and enjoying it. Also reading about John and Abigail Adams and the Emporer Justinian. One the local librarians recommended the other is research for my novel. Just rambling now. Nighty, nighty. Enjoy your return home and yes well done 101.

    1. The last time I read Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein was when I was doing an English course a few years ago and loved it. I must search out Adams and Justinian books. have heard of them but not read..yet!

  4. Congrats on you 101st post… I haven’t heard Margaret’s name mentioned in years… She was quite the celeb back in her Trudeau years. 🙂

  5. Stop by my blog, I added you to my blogging buddies. I hope your weekend is relaxing, keep on reading. I know I will be, finishing up a new book.

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