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Best Gift Ever:  Space and Grace.

Best Gift Ever:  Space and Grace. I’ve decided to give the gift of Space and Grace to some people I love.  By Space I mean that I have learned that they need time alone, time to process their problems in their own time and in their own way.  By Grace, it means to me that…

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Sweet Small Town Gifts

The sweetness of living in small town can far outweigh the inconvenience.  When we need to go shopping, it’s about 20 miles to the nearest city and that is a small town by many standards.  There are miles between farmhouses and more miles separating the nearest town or village. But when we walk through our…

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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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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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Labor of Love

When Mom was getting ready to leave her condo and move in with us one of her biggest concerns was her precious tea pot collection.  A nice cup of tea was an essential part of my mother’s life—always with a good tea pot and a beautiful china cup and saucer. On her  trips home to to…

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