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The Inside Moves The Outside

In the golf instruction I took years ago The Inside Moves The Outside referred to the – ping! – success which resulted from allowing the power and torque of your core muscles to radiate out through your limbs and connect to the ball with force and accuracy. Yesterday in a free workshop by Dementia Care Advocate Teepa Snow I saw a whole new application of this principal. 

Breaking News on Long Term Care Reform

From the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution: February 22, 2016 – The Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative (LTCFC), a diverse group of policy experts and stakeholders from across the political spectrum, is proposing major changes in the way long-term care is financed and delivered in the US. More than 12 million Americans (both frail older adults and younger people with disabilities) need personal assistance to […]

Who’s Gonna Need Me, Who’s Gonna Feed Me….?

A while ago a major brand, maybe Nestle or Procter and Gamble, I can’t remember; anyway, some company sponsored a contest on the theme “Unfulfilled Dreams.” Entries had to be the creative expression of  something you’d always hoped for, but had never attained. My submission was a poem illustrated by a background collage. The unfulfilled wish was to have a communal nest […]

What, Me, Worry?

NOTE: This was written and scheduled to be posted prior to my sweet mother’s death. While I was doing push-ups this morning I gave thanks over and over, as is my custom, to the two women who gifted me this precious day – my liver donor, whose life ended almost nine years ago, and my mother, who is gently moving toward her […]

One Heart Feels the Other

Attention without feeling, I began to learn, is only a report. An openness — an empathy — was necessary if the attention was to matter. (Mary Oliver, from Our World, 2007)   My mother turned 91 on February 20, 2015, the day after being accepted into Long Island Hospice Care at home. I turned 68 last week visiting her in New York, […]

Stay in Touch

Mom lives in New York, at least a day’s trip by air from my home, most often a two day journey by car. It’s just not possible to be in the same room with her as often as I’d like. I’m always on the lookout for ways to connect between visits, beyond my daily phone calls and intermittent Skype visits. […]