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Fighting without Fanfare: Honest Thoughts about Human Dilemmas Paperback – November 17, 2011
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About the Author
Carol Megathlin lives in Savannah, Georgia, with her husband Bill, a retired college professor. They have one son, Bill, Jr., who graduated from the University of Georgia. Ms. Megathlin spent her career as the public information officer for the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. In 1998, she began writing columns for the Savannah Morning News. Her columns have since appeared in major Southeast newspapers, as well as in the Blue Moon Cafe IV anthology.
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I have not seen or talked with her since then --- we recently
reconnected thru of all things email .
This book is a series of stories she has written over time
which are her insightful observations of human frailties.
It includes her trip to Iraq --- which from a former Combat
Veteran's perspective was too funny --- since she was always Ms Prim and Proper in High School --- it appears to have continued
over time ( maybe worse ) .
I seriously admire her work with our troops --- which you will read about .
The book is good reading --- I recommend it as
it will be both sad and humorous and is so the Carol
I remember .
The first half is an intensely personal glimpse into the life and thoughts of a woman as she watches her mother age, become frail and die. As she points out, this is her view. Her siblings saw it another way. That is because each of us comes to this point in our lives with vision distorted by experiences. I have always thought that the relationship between a mother and daughter is extremely complicated. Author Carol Megathlin obviously agrees with me on that. She and I are the same age and therefore had mothers of the same generation. They endured the Great Depression and WWII and their lives were affected by things we can't understand. They also came from a generation that wanted better for their children and sometimes their children didn't share the vision. That makes for an interesting dynamic that is explored in these first chapters.
If you have become the "adult" in your family and have feelings you think are unique, I urge you to read this book and realize you are not alone. Not by a long shot!