That High Lonesome Sound

So Maw is on a whine-a-thon. I could barely sit next to her at supper. Headache was making me positively crosseyed but I couldn’t say a thing, even to Gary. Maw has simply ruined whining for the rest of us. ...more


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Gary himself nixed the laptop ...more

The MEDCottage

So this guy, Kenneth Dupin, and his company N2Care, have come up with an idea he calls the MEDCottage. It’s basically a 12x24-foot trailer you park in your backyard to keep Grandma in. You run a garden hose and an extension cord out to it and voila! An alternative to the high cost of nursing home care! ...more

I'm in Love

    So, her name is Kelly. For eight hours a week, she comes over to my house and pretends to be me. She is me. A younger, prettier, skinnier me. But she’s always in a good mood. ...more

This Intolerable Situation, Concluded

So what she said was, “There’s no way you’re going to be able to do this.” She stared at me, with a kind of Am I being punk’d? half-smile on her face, like she just couldn’t believe how naïve I was. ...more

This Intolerable Situation, Continued Yet Again

It’s a well-worn joke between Gary and me that after about two years of seeing me, a therapist will develop a burning desire to change careers. ...more

This Intolerable Situation, Continued

  So to be honest, I wasn’t that upset when Maw and Paw locked themselves inside the car. I actually thought it was kind of funny, with that “intolerable situation” line still running through my head, and Paw peering out the window at me with his expressionless face and bird-blue eyes. ...more

This Intolerable Situation

                  So for the longest time, it’s been true that the more lucid Paw is, the more upset he is about what is happening to him. I guess it’s the one saving grace of his dementia. Mercifully, as his fugue deepens, his episodes of extreme agitation and anguish have become few and far between. ...more

Reader, I'd Like You to Meet Headache

So why do I capitalize Headache and refer to it as though it were a person? Well, Headache, you see, is not ordinary pain in the neck. ...more

A Better Video

            So at the Alzheimer’s Association website,, there’s a handy table comparing normal age-related changes to those indicative of Alzheimer’s disease. ...more

The Symbolism of the Laundry

I just did a load of laundry. One bath towel. One blouse. Three tee shirts. One tee shirt-pajama top. Three pairs of undies. One bra. One pair of jeans. One cloth napkin. Two kitchen towels. A white wash is in the machine. I think there are four white shirts in that load. The laundry is hanging to dry on a portable air dryer on the terrace. ...more