I’m reading a sci-fi novel called The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers. Humans and other species live and work together in a futuristic world where many planet systems have been destroyed by their own or others’ recklessness. The human repression of emotions baffles others, since it always leads to physical and/or mental illness.
When my sister was an undergrad at Wellesley, the administration alerted the local police department for scheduled “primal screams” during finals week. Interesting that today, as a therapist, she studies psychodramatic therapy, which involves full volume emotional release. My moments of all-out screaming as an adult are few. One came in fury, one in frustration, but the worst came with grief. Screaming helps, used selectively.
My 60th year in 60,000 words
Day 20: 123 words, TOTAL = 3125; 56,875 remaining
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Robin Clifford Wood is an award-winning author, poet, and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her children, grandchildren, and granddogs.