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“Alcoholism isn't a spectator sport. Eventually the whole family gets to play. ”
“Do you know what it's like to feel wrong twenty-four hours a day? Do you know what it's like to be disapproved of, not only for what you do and say and think but for what you are?”
“Evidently Christmas was an unmitigated joy only for the people who inhabited department-store brochures and seasonal television specials. For everyone else the day seemed to be a trip across a mine field seeded with resurrected family feuds, exacerbated loneliness, emotional excess, and the inevitable disappointments that arise when expectations fall far short of reality.”
“I'm devoting my life to being a psychiatric patient. It's a vocation, like being a nun, only a lot more expensive.”
“I can sometimes resist temptation, but never mischief.”
“An agenda, no matter how bizarre, is the difference between eccentric and mad as a hatter.”
“I would rather eat nails and sleep on an off-ramp than live with my mother again.”
Joyce Rebeta-Burditt, U.S. novelist, TV executive, screenwriter
Sometimes publishes as Joyce Burditt.