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Herding Cats

Caregiving can often feel like herding cats.  Just when you think you have figured something out another challenge appears, or a dependable solution doesn’t work anymore. Caregiving is frustrating and exhausting. This is a photo of our son with our two jumbo kittens.  These babies are just seven months old, yet they are already bigger…

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Throw me a lifesaver!

by Breeda Miller Caregivers are the worst at caring for themselves. I know how exhausted, frustrated and guilty we feel. We are told all the time – with a waggly finger pointed right at our nose, that we have to take care of ourselves. Really? And when is that supposed to happen? Never Ending Days and Nights…

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Well PACED Care

If our goal is to stay in our own homes as long as possible and to receive supportive medical care, transportation and a stimulating social environment, I found a program that may be be the best kept secret in senior care. There are 122 of these very special centers in 31 states. I wish I…

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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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