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Transitioning

I started this blog a year ago to encourage caregivers, based on my own experience as a caregiver. Thanks to input from many of you who have followed me during this time, I have been inspired to continue on this journey. However, I sense that it is time now to change courses.  My true interestContinue reading “Transitioning”

Carry Over Lessons

The following excerpt was written many years ago. It is one of the lessons I learned while caring for my mother during her journey with Alzheimer’s: This is more about her than it is about me. I try to imagine what it would be like to not be able to remember the things I needContinue reading “Carry Over Lessons”

Enjoy the Season

The fall season always seems like a time of reflection for me.  It feels like a time to slow down from the busyness of summer and prepare for the onslaught of colder weather. I enjoy the beauty of the changing leaves because they also seem to punctuate life changes and reassure me that tough timesContinue reading “Enjoy the Season”

Smiling Eyes, Part 2

It dawned on me after the first entry on this topic that we cannot smile outwardly when there is no joy inside us. Smiles cannot be forced, though many try to do so. Genuine smiles, however, just bubble up with little or no effort. As my son and I were posing for pictures a fewContinue reading “Smiling Eyes, Part 2”

Smiling Eyes

The decision to wear or not wear a mask during this pandemic has become a painful point of controversy. The main challenge for me, however, is feeling that others may not know that I am smiling at them. This always reminds me of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s 1896 poem, “We Wear the Mask.” It was laterContinue reading “Smiling Eyes”

Recharging

Most cell phones provide a warning when the battery is getting low. Some even have the option of going into a power-saving mode. Once the phone is connected to a charger, it indicates the current percentage of power left in the battery. Some chargers show how long it will take until the battery is completelyContinue reading “Recharging”

Unidentified Caregivers

We encounter them everywhere, and maybe we just don’t notice them. We may have even said they are just doing their jobs. Service workers received a lot more attention than they usually do at the height of the pandemic; but there are service workers everywhere, not just in the medical field. Yet, we sometimes mayContinue reading “Unidentified Caregivers”

Stick With It

It doesn’t seem as though we have to be told to do good. But we do have to be told to not get tired of doing good. What starts out as a good idea needs our perseverance to become productive. We learn that from our intended exercise programs or promises to stay in touch.  IContinue reading “Stick With It”

Watching for the Good

Seriously, can good really come out of tragedy? Am I really supposed to look at a serious problem and find some ray of sunshine? The answer to both questions is actually, yes. Trouble is, the vision you need to see the good is called hindsight. It’s not easy to see anything good at the timeContinue reading “Watching for the Good”

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