Missing In America

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What is it?

The 2005 drama movie Missing In America.



What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:

“A reclusive Vietnam veteran finds his quiet life thrown into chaos upon receiving an unexpected visitor in this tale of friendship and healing starring Danny Glover, Linda Hamilton, and Ron Perlman.

Though 35 years have passed since Jake (Glover) returned to American soil after fighting in the Vietnam war, the horrors of the battlefield still linger vividly in his mind.

Instead of returning to the hustle and bustle of the city, Jake has chosen to seek solitude in the serene forests of the Pacific Northwest — cutting all ties to modern society save for the occasional trip into town for supplies.

When a terminally ill army buddy appears on Jake’s doorstep pleading with his old friend to take care of his young daughter, the gruff veteran reluctantly accepts.

As the bond between Jake and his new charge strengthens, the seeds of their growing friendship sets into motion a healing process that will reach beyond Jake to affect an entire community of forgotten war veterans.”

My Thoughts

My female coworker JB told me about this movie and she recommended it and it was one of the few movies to make her cry, and so I checked it out.

I anticipated that this movie would make me cry too, this movie was older and slightly more indie / lower budget than I had expected, but in some ways it was better than I had expected.

I expected to only watch a little bit of this movie each day until I finished it, but to my surprise I finished it in one sitting without any interruptions and it held my attention enough.

I kept trying to figure out when this movie would make me cry and how but things did not go the ways that I had predicted, and so when the scene came that made me start tearing up I was not sure what to expect.

I did not cry during that scene but the next scene caught me by surprise, and that is the scene that finally made me cry one single tear that I felt fall from my right eye and roll down my face and hit my shirt; I was not expecting that to happen in this movie, I expected to cry, but I did not expect that.

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So I would like to thank JB for another successful recommendation; maybe I will win the cry award this year. 😀

The end,

-John Jr


Coping With Anxiety And Panic Attacks

Source: Amazon

What is it?

The 1997 book Coping With Anxiety And Panic Attacks by Jordan Lee.

Source: Amazon

What is it about?

Here is an editorial review on Amazon that does a great job describing this book:

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up–In the first section, Lee identifies the different forms of anxiety and panic and explains the human body’s physiological response to both.

She also defines and clarifies the differences between simple and social phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and ordinary anxiety.

The author then examines the biological and emotional causes of anxiety, including stress, trauma, fear, and rigid parenting.

This section also discusses the physical consequences of anxiety such as ulcers, sleep disorders, and increased risk of other illnesses.

The next part explores the treatment of everyday anxiety and provides practical advice on stress management.

The final section outlines treatment options for more severe disorders.

This book is readable and well organized; its clear style, realistic examples, and practical advice guarantee its usefulness for both self-help and reports.

It moves beyond Michael Maloney and Rachel Kranz’s Straight Talk About Anxiety and Depression (Facts on File, 1991) to make an important and clear distinction between common, everyday anxiety and more serious disorders.

Sheila G. Shellabarger, Fordham Health Sciences Library, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

Copyright 1998 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

What do I like about it and what might other people like about it?

I like that this book was a quick, simple, and easy read that surprisingly gave a pretty good short overview of anxiety and panic disorders and some straightforward practical advice that you can apply in your life now to help you cope and / or overcome them.

Final Thoughts

This book was so short and easy to read that I was able to finish it in a couple of days, probably making it the first book that I have finished reading this year so far (I paused from two other books to finish this one first), and so you know that it is an easy read if I actually can finish it and finish it that fast.

I am amazed that something so short and basic actually gave some simple advice that I can apply now, and so it gave me some things that I have heard before in an easier to follow format that left me feeling more capable of adapting some of it to my life now.

The end,

-John Jr