On death and dying for a mom by her daughter.

My Mom turns 86 this March, if she makes it. She it totally disabled and has full time caregivers in her own place. You might remember another blog when I talked about moving her out of our family home and putting her in a rented apartment. She is going downhill and the dilemma is what do my sister and I do to help her in the process of dying. She can no longer see and cataract surgery is out of the question, so she only listens with her eyes in a blurry state. She seems to hear what she wants and ignores you, if not interested....more

Gay families in all 50 states

Looking for LBGT families in all 50 states to interview for our website, thenextfamily.com. If interested please contact Madge@thenextfamily.com. We are an online magazine focusing on alternative families....more

Children's Book on Death

Please check out Gayle Fuhr's children's book called Grandma Ruby and Me. It tells the story of Taylor, age 7, who loses her grandma. Beautiful illustrations and a lovely story which opens up death to children. Even though it is written and illustrated with an African American family it is great for all ehtnicities as death knows no color. You can order from the author directly or her publisher or Amazon. Gayle Fuhr on facebook. Message her....more

Volunteer writers with alternative families wanted on The Next Family website

We are looking for volunteer writers who want to branch out. We will accept posts from your blogs in exchange for a link to our site on your blog site. Please visit us at thenextfamily.com and if interested please email me at madge@thenextfamily.com. I am the marketing director. ...more

Looking for new writers

Looking for new volunteeer writers for Thenextfamily.com. Please email me at madge@thenextfamily.com. Visit the site and see if we are for you. Looking for alternative families, lgbt, two dads, two moms, single moms by choice, adoption, surrogacy in India, gestational suurogacy and surrogates....more

Gay writers

We are looking for gay writers who have a story to tell. Gay couples with or without  children who love to write about their lives. Please check out our site. Thenextfamily.com. Email me at madge@thenextfamily.com if you want to submit a story. Right now this is not a paying job but we have good traction on FB and Twitter and we are growing all the time....more

When social media takes a wrong turn

When social media takes a wrong turn After the week I have had I now see how social media can work to the detriment of a person-I being that person. When you find someone online for a reason (I hunt for writers for a website) you pick someone with great writing skills. That doesn't mean your personalities will ever be enough for a real friendship....more

Looking for volunteer writers

Looking for volunteer writers for Thenextfamily.com. We are a website for modern families. Please read our website and see if you would like to contribute to a weekly original column. We are particularly interested in someone who is adopting, single, gay, two moms, childless by choice. Please let me know by contacting me at madge@thenextfamily.com...more

He who dies with the most toys win

He who dies with the most toys win I recently saw a bumper sticker that said “HE WHO DIES WITH THE MOST TOYS WINS.” It made me think of my father… he was a man who LOVED his toys. One of his favorite toys was a bright red Ferrari he bought during a midlife crises that seemed to last most of his adult life. I can still see him sitting in that car with a huge smile on his face. He took such delight in his possessions and his playthings....more