The Secret Language of Patients and Caregivers

by Maggie Chiang

(Image by Maggie Chiang)

Check out this interesting and insightful story The Secret Language of Patients and Caregivers in today's New York Times about how caregivers and their patients develop their own way of communicating while dealing with a major illness. Kathryn developed the Happy Hours concept as a way for her and her ill husband to keep up a semblance of their former very social life. It eased tensions and brought them closer as a couple. Read about how Kathryn found ways to bring joy into her husband's final days in The Happy Hours available now as a Kindle Single


Last Call for Summer Reading Sale

The Amazon Summer Sale for Down and Out in Beverly Heels ends tomorrow night, both sides of the pond. Get your Kindle copy before July 1 and your beach and vacation reading pile will be complete! And don't forget that friend who loves a fun mystery.

***In the US, buy for 99 cents:

***In the UK, buy for £1:

Jim Dixon Reviews "The Happy Hours"

 The Happy Hours: How We Brought Joy to My Husband's Final Days just received a wonderful review from Jim Dixon. You can read it here.

He writes:

The hallmark of Scott’s writing is its candor and intimacy... you tend to feel like you’re sitting across a kitchen table from her, having a one-to-one conversation over coffee. The Happy Hours benefits strongly from this conversational intimacy, and you can almost hear the author’s familiar voice telling her story

To read the book yourself, or to give it to someone going through this agonizing struggle right now, visit Amazon to download the exclusive Kindle Single.


I stand proudly and defiantly with the people of England.


June Is Busting Out All Over, Part 3 (London edition)


Down and Out in Beverly Heels will be available for £1 in the UK on Amazon Kindle throughout the month of June:

To our English friends, join Kathryn, Winston and FDR in London’s Mayfair where Old Bond Street meets New Bond Street at 11 AM Saturday June 17. She'll be there, pen in hand, to sign your book!


June Is Busting Out All Over, Part 2

June is sale month for Down and Out in Beverly Heels in the U.S. and across the pond in the U.K. This sale ends June 30.

The Kindle version is available for:

* 99 cents in the U.S.

* £1.00 in the U.K.

This is a perfect opportunity to get some great summer reading, round out your digital Kathryn Leigh Scott collection, or gift it to a proud graduate or friend.




June Is Busting Out All Over, Part 1

A lot is happening for Kathryn this month. Here, she talks about her newest book, The  Happy Hours, which launches today as a Kindle Single. You can buy it here for $1.99.

With the health of her husband, Geoff, rapidly deteriorating, Kathryn Leigh Scott couldn’t help but notice how small and isolated their world had become. Between caregiver and patient, medical equipment and medicines, they began to lose contact with friends, the outside world, and even each other. The road to goodbye had become a lonely one.

So Kathryn created “Happy Hour.”

Kathryn transformed their home from a place of illness into a place of healthy goodwill where their friends could stop by. For a few hours every day, their master bedroom became an intimate, lively space filled with drinks, food, laughter, and music. These precious moments enlightened their home and their hearts, and ultimately, led Kathryn and Geoff back to each other.

Filled with warmth, reflection, and authenticity, Kathryn’s story is as much a guide to gracious hosting as it is compassionate support for caregivers. For no journey is ever so bright as the one willed with friends, memories, and—above all—love.



In Memory of Powers Boothe

I'm so very sad to learn Powers Boothe passed away. We worked together in the HBO series "Chandlertown," my Annie Riordan the adoring gal pal to his Philip Marlowe... what a divine treat to work with this fine actor and know him as a lovely human being. My thoughts are with his family.

Three's a Crowd When It Comes to Marriage

Kathryn talks frankly to Caregiver Crossing about intimacy and romance while caregiving in this podcast. Caregiver Crossing is a radio show and podcast hosted by Joy's House, an extraordinary adult day service in Indianapolis, which provides so much to its community of caregivers. Please have a listen to this honest talk about how caregiving affects marriages.



Ben Martin 1930-2017

 I have just returned from Salisbury, North Carolina, where Ben Martin, my dear friend and former husband, passed away at his home February 10th from a pulmonary embolism.

Ben was one of the most genuinely happy people I’ve ever known, continuing to teach, mentor and work as a photographer despite advanced Pulmonary Fibrosis. Our family was Ben’s family and we treasured having him in our lives for some fifty years.

Photography was Ben’s life. He was Time magazine’s first staff photographer (1957-1989), and photographed for all divisions of Time, including Life, Fortune, People, Sports Illustrated, Money, Entertainment Weekly, Architectural Forum, House and Home, Time-Life Books and HBO. He is the author of Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime and co-author of A Different World: The Great Hotels of the World. He was a founding partner in Pomegranate Press, a book publishing company.

New York’s Gallery Center/Russek Galleries in Soho represents and exhibits his iconic photographs of Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King, Che Guevera, Malcom X and Jack and Jacqueline Kennedy, among many others. The most recent exhibit of his work was at the Waterworks Visual Art Center in his hometown of Salisbury.

I will greatly miss having my own personal “Wikipedia” every time I want to pick up the phone to ask a question too arcane for Google.

Ben Martin – Photojournalist

Benjamin Rush Martin III was born in Salisbury, North Carolina September 16, 1930 to Margaret Fulk Martin, a bank administrator, and Benjamin Rush Martin Jr., a newspaper man, later an attorney and circuit court judge.

Ben became fascinated by photography at the age of eight when his father gave him a bakelite “Univex 00” miniature box camera.At age fifteen he founded the first High School News Bureau in the nation, and became a staff photographer at the local newspaper, The Salisbury Post. At age seventeen he became the youngest member of the National Press Photographers Association.

He attended Ohio University, where he majored in journalism and photography, working his way through college cooking nights as a short-order “White Castle” hamburger chef, and as a stringer-photographer for UPI Newspictures. His photo essay published in the Columbus DISPATCH Sunday Magazine brought him to the attention of Wilson Hicks, executive picture editor of LIFE. Offered a position as a “photographic trainee/assistant photographer” on the LIFE staff after his graduation, he came to New York only to discover the magazine had eliminated the new position a week before his arrival. Not wanting to return to his hometown jobless, he accepted a position as a copyboy on TIME, coming to work every day with his Leica on his shoulder. Since TIME had no photographic staff at that time, Ben was called on to shoot last-minute assignments. After several months juggling his copyboy job with the ever increasing photographic assignments, Henry Luce hired him as TIME’s first staff photographer.

Ben covered wars and fashion, politics, arts, business and sports as TIME's Senior Photographer for thirty-three years, photographing world leaders and stories as diverse as the Japanese "Zero" pilot, who led the attack on Pearl Harbor, to major cover essays on African safaris, an arctic expedition to the North Pole, the 25th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy and the 40th anniversaries of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima. His three-day non-stop coverage of President John F. Kennedy’s funeral led to a LIFE magazine cover, and his coverage of the first traveling pontiff, Pope Paul’s trip to the Holy Land was a cover feature in TIME. He walked backwards in front of Martin Luther King for most of the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March, causing Chief U.S. Marshall, John Doar, to comment that “Martin was the best shield Dr. King could have, because he was always in front of [the black leader] photographing his every move.”

One of his most memorable assignments during this era was as lead photographer on TIME’s now famous “Swinging London” cover story that Hugh Hefner, founder and editor of PLAYBOY, called “pivotal” in defining the sensual, sexy “swinging sixties.”

Despite having taken the "infamous" sweaty upper lip and five-o'clock shadow photograph of Richard Nixon during the Kennedy-Nixon TV debates in 1960 (a photograph Nixon claimed cost him the election and led to Martin being ostracized by him), many year later, the then-former President Nixon asked that, “we let bygones be bygones" and commissioned him to photograph his official presidential portrait and book jacket photos.

Ben was also a pilot and air force veteran, who began flying single-engine aircraft in high school.





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