Painted Toe Nails Trump Laundry

Ever observe your laundry habits?  I started to observe my laundry habits to see if I could do less.  Less house cleaning and laundry would be great....more

Episode 34: Unexpected Praise

Isn’t it strange that sometimes a compliment can make you feel really awful!…I am a person that likes to get things done, if I have got a job to do then i am going to do my utmost to get it done,, and also do it to the best of my ability…However, life does it’s best to throw a spanner in the works whenever it can. Working with people is at best unpredictable and at worst chaotic, means that even with the best intentions in the world, things often end up going pear-shaped regardless of how hard you try.Today was one of those days…....more

Resentment Versus Gratitude

Sometimes You Know

You know how sometimes you wonder if God is telling you to do something, and you wish it were crystal clear? That happened to me last week.I went to visit my mom, sister and nephew to discuss the possibility of me moving to another state to live closer to family (my cousin, with whom I have more in common than even my sister). After hearing me talk about moving either closer to them or to the state (12 hours away) where my cousin lives, my nephew stood up from the lunch table, pushed his chair in, and walked away....more

Sharing Our Family Joy

My Mother's Body Got Lost

I'm trying to plan my mother's funeral, but we have a problem. We can't find her. My mother passed away Saturday after a long illness. I had all the funeral arrangement planned months in advance, so I was prepared when the inevitable happened. After she died, I contacted the proper authorities to transport her body 100 miles to her hometown of Wendell, Idaho for the funeral and burial. ...more
Glad to hear you found your mother. I know it must have been a frustrating time. I've heard the ...more

On being a single, mildly wild 20-something who is newly going to be an aunt.

I’m 27, single, gainfully employed, wildly restless and newly going to be an aunt. My sister and her husband of 3 months came to my apartment one Sunday morning, as we had previously planned, with their Jack Russell terrier puppy, Vito. I immediately picked him up for face licks and squirmy puppy hugs. Vito was dressed up in a baby onesie that had the phrase “#1 Bro” splayed on his back, which I immediately noticed and brushed off. My brother-in-law’s family is very Italian, and thus anything even vaguely mob-related comes as no surprise....more


We are moving into a new era in Alzheimer's/Dementia research. ...more


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Four phone calls that changed my life: Part I

Anyone who knows me knows I under normal circumstances cannot sleep because thoughts speed through my read at autobahn speed at bedtime. I had received phone calls that have changed my life and most certainly impacted my ability to sleep.  I hope the 4 phone calls that changed my life are the last four traumatic phone calls I will ever receive. ...more