Missing Mom’s Smile

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“Christmas is far and away my favorite holiday. I love everything about it, from the event that inspired it, hoping for a white one, to wrapping presents. But mostly I love having family and friends gathered, and sharing traditions.” ~Ellen Hopkins I hope you all had a merry and joyous Christmas with your families and friends. And if you couldn’t …

Missing Mom on her Birthday

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Celebrating Mom’s birthday! Mom (on the right) and her sisters, Evelyn and Margaret Mom and me and my dogs Mom and her grandkids Monday the 16th of March is Mom’s birthday. The first birthday I haven’t been able to celebrate with her. She’s gone on to heaven where she doesn’t have to worry about getting older and where every day …

Birthday Stories and Flowers

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Birthdays can be like flowers, lovely and bright, different even as they come on the same day year after year. The birthday stories some of you have been sending me are the same. Some of you have birthdays where not much fuss is made, maybe cake and ice cream. Others of you have had parties and special vacations and surprises. …

Facing the Truth of Dementia

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“Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.” ~Ben Okri A sweet friend sent me this book as a gift. Tracy and I met at a writing conference several years ago and then exchanged e-mails now and again. She has a caring heart, and she has also walked dementia’s road with her mother. We talked about …

Seeing the Light through Dementia’s Darkness

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A Special Treat I have a special treat for you on One Writer’s Journal this week – a guest post by Kristy Robinson Horine. I met Kristy at the Licking Valley Writers’ Conference when I was signing my books at a writer’s event last fall. At the time, Kristy was the executive director of the conference, but life was about …

Mom’s New Place

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I haven’t talked about Mom for awhile here. Not since I told you we were moving her into The Lantern, a memory care home for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia problems. It’s a very nice facility, bright and open, and the staff are kind and caring.  Even so, it’s been a difficult transition. The first week, we were in the …

A Hard Day’s Night at the ER

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Here’s Mom about five years ago with a lap full of great grandbabies. She was beginning to have problems with her thinking then, but they were things you just passed off as getting older. Dementia was actually raising its ugly head, but we either didn’t recognize the symptoms or didn’t want to see them. I, for one, never thought Mom …