His laugh, low and husky, always makes me smile.  Not a man to rush, he enjoys the moments of his life, no matter how big or small.  'Things have a way of working themselves out," he always tells me.  For a littl...more
Thank you all for your comments. It's hard to believe that something that has lived in my ...more

Love, Patience and Alzheimer's

A week ago, I was watching the “Sex and the City” episode “An American Girl in Paris (Part Deux)”. The scene where Steve takes his mother to the ER and discovers she unknowingly suffered a stroke that caused her to have significant memory loss, made me think of my paternal grandmother and grandfather. My grandfather (known as Pa-Pa), was diagnosed with Alzheimer's before passing away in 2000 and now my Grandma suffers with the disease along with RA. At her request, she still lives in the same house that she and my grandfather shared for many years. My dad along with my aunt and uncle take care of her daily in shifts....more
Thank you for your kind response Victorias_view. You are right, "that is what family does." Take ...more


His chest rose then lowered, the rhythm of Last Breaths continuing as the North wall clock ticked in 4/4 time. His wife’s fingers fidgeted steadily, adding an increasing number of wrinkles to the violet handkerchief in her hands. ...more

Surprise! It's a ...

I was sworn to secrecy… until today.  As my daughter nears the end of her pregnancy (their baby boy is due to arrive in late December), my son and daughter-in-law recently informed us that they are expecting their second child (gender TBD) in May! (I tell you sibling rivalry never ends: For those of you new to this column, my son and daughter had their first babies within ten days of one another in January 2010.)...more

Disaster Plans for Grandparents  Disaster Plans for Grandparents...more

Back to School

Saturday was Charlie’s last day at the Mommy and Me Toddler program.  He had attended all 6 sessions, and it was amazing to see the progress he made. At the first class, he managed to find his way to the exit door through two other rooms, and, sitting in front of it, refused to budge for most of the session. I told my daughter not to worry, he has a great sense of direction! Now, at the last class, he was in the middle of all the action as he tried to catch the teacher’s magic bubbles permeating the room....more

Time to Change it UP

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Good and Active

To all my readers I apologize for my three week hiatus.  No, we were not on an extended vacation... unfortunately.  Instead, time-consuming issues arising from a variety of sources seemed to gather their forces all at once - the good, the bad and the just plain boring. Hopefully, I didn't permanently lose your attention....more

I'm sure you will be hopping with the arrival of your third grand child! It must be a very ...more

8 Ways to Prepare Your Young Child for a Grandparent's Death

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