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

Tiddlywampuses Love Infomercials

They awaken at the crack of dawn, tiptoe down stairs, confiscate a box of Fruit Loops from the kitchen and snuggle up on the comfy living room couch. One holds the box of cereal, the other a crayon, pad of paper and the television remote. It's not cartoons they wake for at this hour, it's the overwhelming love they have for their mother and the desire to make her life easier.  They do this for me. ...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

LBDA Video

So the LBDA (Lewy Body Dementia Association) has come up with a Public Service Announcement. View it on my blog, thanklessjob.typepad.com. It was shown to something like 80 million people watching some football hall-of-fame show. ...more

Transgendered Children

At BlogHer09, I sat down to lunch with friends in the basement of the Sheraton. A little later we were joined by a slim woman with short hair. She introduced herself, and we started talking about eco-stuff, as she is an eco blogger. Then I sort of faded out of the conversation and snapped back in when she mentioned she is the parent of a transgendered child. A very young transgendered child. I had to pause and shake off my initial thought, which I admit was, "but what if it's just a phase?" I might have said it. I hope I didn't. I'm sure Jen Khatchatrian hears that all the time. And before you click away from this post because it's off my normal beat, pull up a chair at this lunch table and join me to listen. ...more
Tonight the writer's group I belong to had a wonderful guest speaker, Jamie Johnson, who has ...more

24 Days Old -Easier than 24 Years?

My friend adopted her first baby.  My baby just moved out and started law school.   We both have sleepless nights.  We both worry about our girls' futures.   We both stare at our daughters pictures online; my friend trying to decide which to send off to friends, me looking at postings she has shared with me on Facebook. We both worry about our daughters savings accounts and how the current economy might affect them. And we both want the everything in the world for them. ...more