Hometown Newspaper Love

One of the benefits of living in a small town is the opportunity to share your joy with the community.  When my book  The Caregiver Coffeebreak was published, the local paper wrote a lovely story and helped announce the book launch – which would be held at my home.  We brewed coffee and tea, baked…

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Twelve Cranky Citizens

I got the dreaded Jury Duty summons a few months ago. I’ve received these lovely invitations before but had never actually been called to serve. This time would be different. The first thing I would like to suggest is that a quick measure of a person’s character may be how they react when you tell them you…

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A Book is Born

The Caregiver Coffeebreak A new book is like a new baby, but not as messy. I remember the excitement I felt as a child on Christmas Eve, the week before school started (new shoes!) and the anticipation of the arrival of our children – all days filled with surprises and new beginnings. I’m feeling that…

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“Breaking Good”

“Breaking Bad”. This television series is a master class in truly bad behavior that started out with good intentions.  To ” Break Bad” is a southern regional expression meaning to “raise hell, get into serious trouble, defy social norms”. How about as a society that we set out, with intention, to “Break Good”.   I am fascinated by…

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Jargon Smargon – Just Open Wide

Jargon.  It can be a great shorthand way to communicate with your colleagues or it can create an opportunity for stress and anxiety if used with a “civilian” or a patient who isn’t familiar with the terminology or your intent.  Patients who are anxious about procedures are especially vulnerable to misunderstandings – think about this…

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Nearly Died. Best Gift Ever.

I nearly died – It was the best gift I never got. When I was 13 I nearly died. I highly recommend this experience, the nearly part – not the died part. I developed a mysterious infection in my abdomen that led to three surgeries, six weeks in the hospital (two of them in an isolation…

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Improv Theater For One – Dealing with Dementia

If you’ve ever played along with the reality of a person with dementia – you’ve experienced the thrill of Improvisational Theater. While no audience is there to applaud your creativity, having this mindset in how you approach the many challenging situations of caregiving can help you find creative solutions and reduce stress. While caring for…

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The Secret to Life

I have finally discovered the secret to life.  Through the wise words of Mark Scharenbroich CSP, CPAE I now understand an essential truth.  It has appeared as an innocent disclaimer printed on countless ticket stubs throughout my lifetime.  It was there all the time, I just never noticed it.  It never registered in my too…

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