Surviving Sylvia

This is my life with my 82 year old mother. My daughter, and others, have been telling me for quite a long time to "start writing it down". OK, so now I'm trying to take their collective advice. Firstly, to get through the everyday ups and downs, and to have a written journal to share with Mom's various therapists and doctors, and to keep family and friends up to date on what's going on. And by the way, I'm not a creative person, and I couldn't make up this shit if my life depended on it....more

Life with my mom

Staring at a blank piece of paper (ahem,blank page on the computer screen in this case) can be somewhat intimidating, especially if one is just committed to writing a little every day. Generally, I am not interested in doing a whole lot of research; I tend to want to write about what I know or perhaps better said, what I think I know. It could be about a book I've read, or something I saw on TV or an incident in my day that caused me to pause....more
My husband and I are embarking on the opposite end to a similar journey. Within a month, we will ...more

Roscoe and Mama Pearl

 Roscoe's caseworker led him up the cracked sidewalk toward a gingerbread house with white trim that looked like icing to him. Maybe his great-grandmother was a witch who lived in a gingerbread house like in Hansel and Gretel. He hoped she was a good witch, not a bad one, who'd use her magic to make his mother better. "His Mama done lost her mind. She ain't` never comin' back," he heard his foster mother whisper to a neighbor. It was the same day the caseworker talked to him about being adopted. ...more