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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Plain View Press (1 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891386492
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891386497
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 0.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,672,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 'The Sitting Swing' Irene Watson has giving the reader a clear and honest account of her life struggles and exactly what she endured as a child living in a log cabin in Alberta in 1940's and 1950's. Throughout 'The Sitting Swing' Irene provides the reader with her internal thought structure and reasoning in a concise and evidentially reflective manner which in turn provides an in-depth analysis of self portrayal and her personal struggles. Irene's memoir will strike chords with individuals raising families and exactly what they should be aware of. Her understanding of the needs of a child is clearly obvious and she portrays this skill throughout her memoir with positive and encouraging guidance. Irene's honest account of her life is something which others will notably relate to, yet at the same time she manages to convey her spiritual gift in a very talented way. Irene ends her journey and in releasing 'The Sitting Swing' positive closure is obvious. I congratulate her at every level for the hurdles she has overcome - a wonderfully inspiring personal journey of hope, understanding and spirituality. Irene has written a beautifully poignant memoir and her self -achievement should not go unnoticed.
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A beautiful heartfelt book describing a little girls life as she grows up under the dominance of a mother who lived in a bubble of how her life and that of her perfect daughters life would be. Starting from fear of loosing her child, her mother protected Irene to the highest degree, constantly being with her, implanting her thoughts and beliefs and even speaking for her, making her believe that she was not to speak her mind at all. Irene was left to feel worthless and that people were not interested in her input in life at all.

A little girl petrified that God would punish her for not sticking to his ten rules, learning from her parents that when he was angry he could create plagues or even kill people. A little girl who sat and watched as her parents themselves went against these rules, confused and fearful. A little girl who was being abused by her cousins and was led to believe that this was her own doing and nothing else. A little girl who had no need for education as she WOULD live locally and WOULD be a farmers wife.

Then she met her saviour in friend Margie, who made her feel valued and a real person. She began to open up and challenge her mother but she was going against her perfect girl mother and when she tried to run away it was the final straw and brought out a violent side of her mother that she would never forget. In time she escapes by getting a job away from their small hamlet, but doe she really escape?

Left with a lifetime of mental as well as physical abuse, Irene follows her friends hype and enrols into the Avalon Center for a 28 day course on overcoming addictions.
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By Tami Brady TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Oct. 2007
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As human beings we tend to pattern our lives in very particular ways. We hold onto pain from our past creating cycles of behaviour that colours everything we do, our attitudes about life, and our image of ourselves. We create strategies that serve as walls to block out the feelings of our deep pain. These strategies in turn become our prison assuring that we never escape our bonds.

The Sitting Swing looks at one woman's life as she seeks to escape these bonds and deal with her pain. This story follows the author as she is checked into an addiction treatment center for a 28 day period. In this account, she openly admits that she couldn't see her addiction. At one point, she states, "I felt sorry for them, but was grateful not to be among their ranks." Moreover, the author shares her initial plan of providing a good show, shedding a few tears, and then continuing her life as normal.

I enjoyed this book for two main reasons. I respected the author's openness and willingness to share her entire story, not just the parts of her experience that might make her look healthy and put together. I believe this aspect of the book will help many people realize that they are not alone in their pain, confusion, and stubbornness.

The second aspect of the book that I really liked was that the book did not really focus on the particulars of the author's addiction. Instead, the story looked at addiction as an underlying behavior that manifests as habitual patterns. One of the characters in this book even notes that we all create unhealthy patterns that we habitually follow believing that we can hide from our pain but that the only true way to release this pain is to feel it.
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In THE SITTING SWING, Irene Watson pens a beautifully poignant story of hope. She clearly demonstrates the resilience of the human spirit to overcome years of abuse and despair. Irene discloses the relentless abuses she suffered as a child, proving the point that it is possible for life to become everything any of us imagine -- if it can for her. I was taken by her unveiled honesty through both the pain of her horrible abuse and the discovery of herself in the healing process. Irene gently leads the reader on an incredible journey. The Sitting Swing is a book I will read again, and recommend highly to my friends.

Nadine Laman, Social Worker & author
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x96d4b2c4) out of 5 stars 48 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9811dd8c) out of 5 stars cleansing the memories 19 Nov. 2005
By Rebecca Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Rebeccasreads highly recommends THE SITTING SWING as a simply told passionate telling of one person's wrestle with reality, & the consequences of her behavior patterns. While it's in dire need of a copy editor, it rang all my bells, as I love a good internal adventure, complete with a life-changing "Ahha!" &, by the way, THE SITTING SWING would never have been written had the author not had that "Ahha!"

This is a memoir which begins at the end, in a recovery center, where Irene Watson has gone to "understand". What, she's not quite sure. After all, she's a highly successful dynamo, with all the accoutrements of the child of immigrants dreams: career, home, family, friends.

Born into a tight-knit, Ukrainian-speaking Northern Canadian community & a family beaten down by guilt, shame & grief over the death of their first born son, Irene's world was smothered by old world immigrant culture & by her mother who kept her close to home, segregated from the new culture, & the target of aggression by male cousins, & scornful townspeople.

THE SITTING SWING is a lively & frank record of one person's adventure into the realm of self-discovery, memories, responsibility for one's own life & the art of taking it back. Taking it back from forgotten childhood events & lessons that unconsciously drive us into deadends, into rages, into obsessions with control, into immoderate use of drugs & drink -- anything to soothe those dreadful pangs of helplessness, insatiability & a boring, troubled & empty future.

While in dire need of a copy editor, THE SITTING SWING is a must read for anyone struggling with bad memories & a hopeless present.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96b54654) out of 5 stars A beautifully touching story of self-discovery 15 July 2007
By Lynda Fitzgerald - Published on Amazon.com
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I picked up and began reading The Sitting Swing with some reluctance, but only because I generally read fiction. Still, the cover was arresting, the title thought provoking, and I had heard wonderful things about Irene Watson. What a treat I had in store!

Although this is a memoir, The Sitting Swing reads like quality fiction. I was immediately immersed in Irene's story of her childhood, and her fine story-telling ability and description allowed me to enter with relative ease the alien world of a childhood in a 2-room house in Canada.

Born of immigrant parents, an emotionally unavailable father and an oppressive mother, Irene had none of the advantages most children her age as she entered school and began her journey to adulthood, including the facility of language. She felt like a victim, and she was; and even though she rebelled to some extent, she mostly suppressed her feelings until she had no idea who she was. I think many of us have done that to some degree.

The Sitting Swing tells of Irene's discovery of that missing person, and it tells it with candor and sensitivity. I could relate on every level to her voyage of self-discovery. It was a two-box-of-Kleenex read, but it ends with a message of hope that will stay with the reader long after the book's pages have yellowed with age. I can only hope Irene will turn at least some of her energies to fiction, because what stories she can tell!

Bravo, Irene! You gave us a beautiful book.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96b550b4) out of 5 stars A insightful story 13 Oct. 2005
By Jill M. Mayfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Sitting Swing is an insightful story. Ms. Watson lets you look inside her mind as she faces her childhood demons and adult struggles. With an honest voice she goes through the healing process and shows us all that it is never too late to change and never too late to heal. A well-written book that will appeal to just about anyone.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x969883e4) out of 5 stars If you love a love a good ending, you will love this book! 9 April 2007
By Judy Azar LeBlanc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
April 09, 2007

The Sitting Swing is an encouraging and inspiring story of one person's experiences of growing up that rings true for most of us who have had similar, if not the same kind of story to tell of the kind of childhood abuse that programmed us to think that we are victims who are powerless and helpless to do anything about our external circumstances.

Being raised by a controlling mother and an absent father, whether it be emotionally absent or physically absent is more common than not. Few of us have been raised or treated like the children we grew up with on television's "Father Knows Best," or the "Donna Reed Show." The difference between Irene and us, however, is that she had the courage to share her reality with the world in this inspiring story, and did it in such a balanced way that both our emotional and intellectual minds can easily relate and comprehend to the kind of damage that can be done to us while growing up.

What I loved the most about The Sitting Swing was that Irene Watson teaches us how we all can take power over our programmed feelings of helplessness, and with love and understanding we too can come to terms with ourselves and go on to lead happy and healthy lives.

If you love a love a good ending, you will love this book!

Judy Azar LeBlanc

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96d4dda4) out of 5 stars Jumping Out of the Swing... 14 Sept. 2006
By Sharon Shaw Elrod - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Irene Watson's memoir tells the story of how she moved from her mother's controlling and abusive clutches to claiming ownership of her life. She encountered more than one closed door as a young child, including having to learn English as a second language; enjoying only one close friend in a small Alberta, Canada, community; wearing home-made clothing into her teen years; and suffering abuse at the hands of extended family and community members.

A job acquired before she graduated from high school gave her an escape route. By 20, she married, trading her mother's management of her life for that of a loving husband.

It was not until she spent a month at "Avalon" that she confronted the demons that kept her in an unhappy state of mind. This book describes her treatment experience in excruciating detail, including the final collapse of her defense mechanisms and the embrace of love as the center of her life.

I recommend this book for anyone interested in improving her/his life journey. Irene Watson identifies the kinds of behaviors and personality characteristics that typically need to be examined in any human growth experience. It's a great read and carries the potential to be very helpful for anyone who wants to live a happier life.
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