1. "With writing you can get to the other side." Chelsea Handler on Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard. There is a brief little point toward the middle where Chelsea and Dax talk about the way writing has helped them process grief. It's dead on.

2. Sherman our dog has a new second act. He will be accompanying me and the kiddo on the ride to school each day. Psychoanalysts believe that pets play an essential role in the family. There is a trickle down emotion idea that believes psychosis - not true full fledged psychosis, but the unmetabolized emotional content we all create and spew out from time to time - is absorbed by the least powerful member of the family. Usually it is the children. Kids can suffer psychosomatic illness, anxiety, depression, etc., not from their own anxiety or emotional processing, but from basically being a dumpster for the anxiety and psychosis that is not processed by the parents and older siblings. Pets relieve children of this role and absorb all of our unorganized emotion and thought for the entire family. Pretty heroic. Enter Sherman. He's being called up from the minors and heading to the big league mound. Can I get a Let's Go Sherman?!

3. Speaking of Sherman, he was so sweetly greeted today by three middle school boys it nearly made me cry. Without hesitation they walked up to him, cradled his face, stroked his ears and spoke to him in the most gentlest and loving voices. It made me really optimistic.

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