No Self-Respecting Woman Should Wish Or Work For The Success Of A Party That Ignores Her Sex

A recent New York Times article by Clair Cain Miller not only discussed the current absence of women in the workplace, but also the why. (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/29/upshot/how-paid-leave-helps-female-emp...)The reason? The lack of paid maternity leave and accessible childcare in the U.S.  And because the U.S. is the only industrialized country to deny paid maternity leave, as a direct result, there is a decrease in women in the workforce after decades of the numbers increasing....more

Caregiver Island: Creating Boundaries

I broke down last week and decided to send my sister, Youngest Sister, a letter practically begging her for more visits from her. I tried to keep the letter positive. I tried to say that we could create joy—family—in a new state.  Sure, I knew that she could not just drop everything and leave a different state, a different world. But I asked her to at least consider the possibility if the stars aligned.And a few days ago I pleaded with both sisters about our family’s need to come together for a united plan for Mom....more

Caregiver Island: My Family Won't Help Me Take Care of My Mother

I write this anonymously, but I have to confess: A lot of times I feel like I have no family support. I'm not talking about social services or the help from the family I live with. Their help is tremendous. No, I'm talking about my immediate family. Most days I feel alone out here on Caregiver Island....more
Heartbreaking and honest. Thank you for sharing and I am sorry for your struggles. Acceptance is ...more

There, alright? I did it. I left the house.

This morning I ate about a half a watermelon for breakfast. They’re packed with Vitamin C and lots of water. I hear Vitamin C is good for hangovers and that's good because I’m nursing one. Not really the drinker, I haven’t had a hangover in a near a decade. Watermelon is a fair consolation prize; Mommy’s now in her 30s and she is in no way shleppin’ the kids to the closest gas station to pick up a Gatorade....more

It’s the End of the World As We Know It (I'm Working On Feeling Fine)

In the R.E.M. song, ‘It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)’, Michael Stipe sang, “offer me solutions and offer me alternatives and I decline”. As a caregiver, I feel like that sometimes there is a lack of useful caregiver resources out there. It only leads me to frustration, feeling even more caregiver isolation....more

The Mother/Daughter Dynamic + Caregiving

Mom’s been talking about buying these barstools for under the counter for a few months now. She wanted chairs with a height control so her elderly body wouldn’t have to crouch to sit down. Mom’s been saving up to buy them....more
"Investing too much time and swear words." Funny line, good article! That's all heavy stuff you ...more