Now Is Our Time To Be Ready

In the final days of December, as we think about what we might do differently in the coming year, let’s be playful and free to include all possibilities. Get outside our familiar comfort zones in the daring way we did as children. Let’s make a commitment to listening to every suggested path, leaving no direction unexplored in our search for […]

Light and Dark

Yes it’s winter, and it’s cold. But it’s also the season of light, so how can we complain? Chanukah light. Solstice light. Christmas light. The bright smiles of family and friends. On our morning walk today, Michael and I were blessed by this stunning sight. the hand of God touching the bare trees on the next ridge over. The beauty […]

What To Do?

From April through the summer, my eighty-nine year old mom seemed to be failing. My brother Josh and I saw distinct changes in her behavior. She was withdrawn, would not interact with family who made special efforts to visit, would not speak to friends when we took her to their home for tea, was sleeping or staring into space at […]

Build Your Local Caregiver Network

LOTSA HELPING HANDS powers online caring Communities that help restore health and balance to caregivers’ lives. Their service brings together caregivers and volunteers through online communities that organize daily life during times of medical crisis or caregiver exhaustion in neighborhoods and communities worldwide. It’s free and seems easy from the testimonials posted on their site. Caregivers benefit from the gifts […]

Michael: Willen and Able

    During those pre and post transplant years, whenever I’d express concern about the stress my illness was putting my husband Michael through, friends and family always said, “You’d do the same for him if the tables were turned.” It’s undoubtedly true, but that in no way diminishes the appreciation I have for all the physical and emotional energy […]

How Much is Enough?

For every day of my parents’ sixty-five year marriage, they were inseparable. They were the perfect team­–he being the brawn and she the brains of the operation. That is, until November 2010, just about three years ago. After they left their seventies, as age and a sedentary lifestyle took its toll, everyone in our family suspected that neither of them […]