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A Time for Others and a Time for Self

posted by cgreb

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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Learning to Trust

posted by cgreb

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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When Hard Things Happen, Change the Way You Think

posted by cgreb

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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When Bodies Fail and Leaves Fall

posted by cgreb

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, Kudzu, and Blizzards

posted by cgreb

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 […]

Reflections on Love and Marriage

posted by cgreb

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 […]

The Incredible Blessing of a Functioning Body

posted by cgreb

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 […]

The Incredible Blessing of Sleep

posted by cgreb

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 […]

The Blessing of a Good Father

posted by cgreb

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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What Is Most Important?
So, I have decided to take a break from writing this blog for a while. Although I have much to write about, sometimes the time, energy, and means to write it are not as available. And I’m in a place in my life right now where I don’t care to ...

posted 7:03:01pm Feb. 03, 2014 | read full post »

Things Can Shift in an Instant
Two times in the last two weeks I was feeling incredibly depleted and fatigued.  The first time it was after driving 2000 miles across the country in four days by myself - the third and longest day was through gale force Kansas winds that shook ...

posted 2:19:08am Jan. 28, 2014 | read full post »

What Do You Value?
On a long 2,000 mile car trip across the country recently, I found myself with some time to think.  Car trips can be good that way.  Somewhere along the way I found myself thinking about money and how we have come to place such value on ...

posted 7:08:03pm Jan. 21, 2014 | read full post »

A Time for Others and a Time for Self
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 ...

posted 2:05:32pm Jan. 14, 2014 | read full post »

Learning to Trust
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 of him dying, it's ...

posted 4:22:58am Jan. 06, 2014 | read full post »

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