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We’re all familiar with that timeless piece of wisdom found in Ecclesiastes: “There is a time for everything,     and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2     a time to be born and a time to die,     a time to […]

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I finally figured out what I’m doing wrong.  I figured out why I’ve been having so much trouble with Dad’s move into the nursing home, with his recent decline, and with his current fevered state.  It’s not that I’m afraid […]

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So, I got word today that Dad will be admitted to a nursing home two days from now.  This is not news that anyone who loves her parent ever wants to hear.  Although with the money for his care rapidly […]

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I awoke this morning to a text from my sister-in-law.  Apparently  my father didn’t recognize her this morning. Dad has known and loved Colette for about thirty years and she comes to my parents’ home regularly to manage their care.  […]

Deer.  I know there are many people out there who have come to think of deer as a nuisance.  They complain that there are too many of them.  They complain that they eat their gardens, their flowers, their trees.  I […]

My firstborn niece got married on Saturday.  She was absolutely gorgeous – in the prime of her youth and beauty, glowing and happy among her friends, her family, and her new husband. I had taken a number of pictures that […]

I have been away from my family for three months. I’ve only been back two days but already I notice a further decline in my father’s abilities.  This is a man who used to swing a hammer and climb ladders […]

Joni Mitchell was right.  You don’t know what you got ‘til it’s gone. You don’t know what it’s like to take a full deep breath unless you’ve had pneumonia or cracked ribs.  You don’t know what it’s like to move […]

My father turned 80 two days ago.  This post is dedicated to him. Some people, probably many people, have fathers who were either very difficult to live with or rather absent.  This was not the case with me.  I was […]

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