I’m sorry, but who are you?

My mother-in-law has Alzheimer’s. This is not only a disease that can deteriorate a mind, but one that can kill a spirit. Continue reading

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Goodbye, Dad

I didn’t get to truly know my Dad until a few years ago.  For the first 51 years of my life, Dad was the guy of my childhood. Whenever I thought of him or spoke to him, it was the disciplinarian, the rule setter and the lesson teacher I spoke to.  We never talked about anything “real” like feelings or thoughts or beliefs; he was always the stoic guy who just handed the phone to mom when I called. Continue reading

Things my parents were right about….

As I was walking the dog this morning*, the temperature was around 25 and the wind was extremely gusty. I thought how great it was that I was staying warm with my wool hat, warm coat, boots and mittens. Then my mind zipped to the same kind of day when I was a teenager, and how I wore the minimal amount I could get out of the house with, and then I had one of those “aha” moments that pop up from time to time…. My parents were right about a bunch of things!  For example… Continue reading

Getting over fear is worth the effort it takes

I wrote about this previously, but after reading a post this morning about overcoming fear, I thought it was a great time to revisit the topic.  There is someone in my family who recently needed to change the direction of his life because debilitating fear got in his way. There was also a point in my life where the same thing could have happened to me. I had great fear and had to take action that was, for me, extremely difficult, in order to overcome my feelings.  It was worth all the effort in the end.   Continue reading