During these slow, hot days of August I’ve been thinking back to small and large life events that have left a lasting impression on me. When this particular one popped into my head, I thought “Yes. This is a story to tell.” It was August 2008. We were on the road driving our son Will … More The DeLorean
In a few short days, I will be joining the millions of people who live and thrive in the sexagenarian decade. I’ll be wandering into the land of Early Bird specials, retirement and U.S. Medicare. Since I couldn’t pack my job and take it with me, I actually retired five years ago when we moved … More 60 Things That I’ve Discovered
I recently discovered a blogger who is having fun helping other writers. Understanding the importance that a story must start with an idea, Jibber Jabber with Sue is kindly posting a daily word prompt so that other bloggers may feel that spark to launch a story. She’s been sharing these prompts for several weeks now, … More Oh, The Places You’ll Go: A Tribute to Books
A year ago this week, I carefully reviewed my inaugural blog post for about the 500th time and finally launched it live. Over the next 52 weeks, I tried to stay on course with a post a week. I’ve loved both the content and the intent of the blog. I’ve shared everything from taking over … More Taking New Steps
In two days, it will be the seven month anniversary of the launch of my blog, and it’s been a remarkable seven months. I have gained a lot of knowledge about the topic of aging parents and I continue to learn how to share what I know through writing, listening and research. I’m definitely … More It’s an Honor to be Nominated…
I remain in a funny place after returning from Ann’s service in Minneapolis. Ann was my mother Ginny’s oldest friend who had recently passed. (Here is a link to that story. In an unexpected development, this is Part 2.) As I had mentioned, the service and weekend spent with her family had held many emotional … More Reaching Out One Last Time – The Surprise Gift
As my blog often confirms, life is complicated, funny and always full of surprises. These past few days have been no exception. As a resident living on the east coast of Florida, I have been distracted as well as knee-deep in preparations for Hurricane Dorian. I had hoped to start the first week of September … More Thank You!
This is going to be a tough one. We’ve just heard that my mother Ginny’s best friend Ann passed away yesterday. She was 90. Ann and Ginny’s friendship began 65 years ago when their future husbands met at college. They raised their families in the same suburb for many years. When my dad died at … More Saying Goodbye – The Story of a Friendship
I have muddled feelings this morning. I woke just before 6:00 a.m. with a startled shake. I had just dreamt that I was simultaneously looking for and hiding from my mother because she had a gun. We were at some huge outdoor event. I kept running into people I knew and telling them what was … More Who Dreams This?
I just watched the episode of the television show Roseanne (while it was still on ABC) titled “No Country for Old Women.” It’s about Roseanne and her sister Jackie arguing over who is going to take their 90-year-old mother, Beverly into their home. Beverly was apparently kicked out of her nursing home for being too … More No Country for Old Women