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, It was shown to something like 80 million people watching some football hall-of-fame show. ...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

Blanket and Beyond: What's Your Nickname?

My given name is Laurie (rhymes with "sorry", technically) to most people, much to the horror of the priest who baptized me and my third grade teacher Sister Patricia because although I was not named after a Partridge Family character it's still not a saint's name so basically to them I was Laurence. It's "Yo" and "hey" and increasingly, horribly, "Ma'am" to many more. Some people in a far off land I occasionally inhabit call me "Professor," that is when they're not calling me "Yo." Go ahead. Laugh. I do. ...more

I have had many names through the years. Some I embraced, others I fought against and some I ...more

End of Summer Sale at

End of Summer Sale! End of Summer sale at Lucky for Baby. Enter code sale50 at checkout for an extra 50% off full price and already reduced merchandise. Lines include; Pink Chicken, Kice Kice, Chase n’ Sky, Sarah Waldo Orgaincs, Scout Organics, Wovenplay, Mor Mor Rita, Kea and Joby, Fable and Lore, Black Rabbit, and Nest Organics. ...more