Today on the Today show website, there is a story, “Single and seriously ill: Care circles fill in for family.” There you can read about “Lucy’s Angels,” the 49 friends who helped Lucy Whitworth when she was diagnosed with cancer. The author, Rita Rubin, also points readers to a book called Share the Care about organizing care circles, and a website, lotsahelpinghands.com, for arranging the scheduling.
A reader sent me this story (below) and agreed to let me share it with you as long as I omitted identifying information. Any suggestions?
I need your help. I’ve been trying for years to explain what’s wrong with the cheater technique. That’s the one where researchers compare all single people (whether they want to be single or not) to only those married people who got married and stayed married (setting aside the nearly half who divorced, and all the widowed), rather than all of the people who ever got married. Based on that methodologically laughable approach, they then proclaim that if only you single people would get married, you would be happier, healthier, live longer, and (fill in your favorite bogus claim here), too.
“He’s all puppies and rainbows.” “She’s so so nice!” “He’s a reasonable person.” It is getting to be a pattern. When someone is called out for practicing singlism, someone else rushes to their defense, and the argument is something like, “But she’s such a nice person!”
A local paper published an interview of a woman whose online company has become very successful. She runs the company with her husband. Asked if she keeps her private time with her husband private, after spending all day at work with him, she said no. Then she added this: