Song Lyric Sunday: The Pain of Loving You

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.The theme from newepicauthor this week is “pain.” This song is about loving someone even if that person hurts you all the time. I’m sure victims of domestic violence can identify with this, and I’m thankful I’ve never had such an experience.

 

The Pain of Loving You—Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris

Lyrics Courtesy of Genius

 

Chorus

Oh the pain of loving you
Oh the misery I go through
Never knowing what to do
Oh the pain of loving you

[Verse 1]
You just can’t stand to see me happy
Seems you hurt me all you can
Still I go on loving you
But I never understand

[Chorus]
Oh the pain of loving you
Oh the misery I go through
Never knowing what to do
Oh the pain of loving you

[Verse 2]
To love and hate at the same time
The line between the two is fine
The two have bound me heart and soul
So strong that I can’t let you go

[Chorus]
Oh the pain of loving you
Oh the misery I go through
Never knowing what to do
Oh the pain of loving you
Oh the pain of loving you

 

Songwriters: Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton

Copyright 2019 Genius Media Group, Inc.

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Note: It’s time for a change. After today, I’ll no longer participate in this challenge, but starting a week from tomorrow, I’ll try something new. It’ll be called “Musical Memory Monday.” I’ll feature either a video or a recording of me singing a particular song. Hopefully, the song will bring up memories, and I’ll ask a question or two about such memories that you can answer in the comment field.

This is similar to an activity I used to do as a registered music therapist with nursing home residents. Our group would sing songs related to a specific topic, and participants would be encouraged to reminisce on this topic.

I’ll no longer link to Jim’s posts, so if you aren’t currently following me, you might want to subscribe by email. That way, you’ll be notified about this and other posts here. I hope you will enjoy this feature as much as the other. If not, I can always go back to doing Song Lyric Sunday, but for now, let’s give this a try, okay?

 

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My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

How to Build a better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

We Shall Overcome

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Thursday Book Feature: In Pieces

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.In Pieces

by Sally Field

Copyright 2018.

 

In Pieces is a touching and sometimes funny autobiography of this well-known actress. Sally Field starts by talking about her life growing up in California. Her mother was an actress who never became popular, and her father served during World War II. After her father returned, her parents divorced, and her mother eventually married a Hollywood stunt man who abused Sally and her older brother. She explains how she became involved in theater as a teen-ager and how she got her first job soon after graduating from high school.

While detailing her career as an actress in television and movies, she describes having an abortion after an affair with a boy she doesn’t remember, marrying a boy she met in high school, giving birth to two sons, divorcing her first husband, then marrying another man ten years later, giving birth to another son, then divorcing her second husband. She also discusses her relationship with Burt Reynolds in the 1970’s while they were starring together. At the end, she talks about how she and her mother came to terms with her abuse at the hands of her stepfather before her mother died. This book includes some of her journal entries, and the Audible version, which I purchased, includes a pdf document with photos.

I always enjoy reading about celebrities’ lives, especially those with whom I’m familiar. Sally Field’s story didn’t disappoint me. I loved the way she narrated it, and at times, I thought it should be made into a movie with Sally Field starring as herself. Maybe it will someday.

 

My Books

 

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

How to Build a better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

We Shall Overcome

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Thursday Book Feature: Reblog–Deliverance from Jericho

I read and reviewed this book several years ago. Recently, the author told me it’s now on Bookshare, an online service that makes books available in accessible formats for those like me with disabilities that prevent or make reading difficult. Since I haven’t had time to read anything new lately, I decided to post a link to this old review. Bruce is one of many children who had negative experiences at government-run schools for the blind in the U.S. and Canada before 1970. I hope you’ll find his story inspirational and thought-provoking.

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Deliverance from Jericho
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We Shall Overcome
How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems
My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds
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Loneliness

This past Sunday, I spent almost an entire day reading a book about lonely people, not because I was lonely but because this book was recommended as a good holiday read. My review will go live here Thursday, so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, in my opinion, loneliness is a state of mind that can be controlled. You can choose to wallow in self-pity because you don’t have anyone to love, or you can go on with your life, as I have done. I didn’t get married until I was in my 40’s. Before then, I was content to be single.

One of my friends was a victim of acquaintance rape, and another was abused by her husband. I came to the conclusion that it was better to never love than to be in any of those situations. Besides, I was too busy with work, writing, and other activities to have a relationship.

Then, after a two-year correspondence, Bill sent me a letter, asking me to marry him. My life changed, and I realized that not all men are bad. I felt lucky to have found such a catch, and he felt the same way about me. Despite the two strokes that confined him to a wheelchair, we had seven happy years together.

Now, he’s been gone five years. Am I in another relationship? No, I never will be. Am I lonely? No, I have my writing and other activities to keep me occupied and the support of family and friends. Unlike food, shelter, clothing, and medicine, relationships are not something humans need to survive.

What do you think about loneliness? Have you ever felt lonely? You can learn more about me and Bill in My Ideal Partner.

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Author Abbie Johnson Taylor

We Shall Overcome

How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

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