Thankful for Emily


  Mom has a new love. Her name is Emily. Emily came to live with Mom after her 10-year old great-granddaughter visited. Although Mom does not remember her great-grand or how she adored her, mom was thrilled to see her. But, what made the visit extraordinary was the gift that her great-grand brought. The GGD […]

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Waving The White Flag


I often wonder if this is the year that I will lose my Mom. With her delusions ever-present, I feel helpless, sad, and lost. I admit that, at times, I dread going to visit her. My sweet mother, my best friend, is no longer there. Mom has been replaced by a gentle-souled woman whose features […]

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Living In My Mother’s Reality


      My reality, at least for now, consists of delusions, time warps, and an occasional white lie. As I support and care for my Mom through her Alzheimer’s journey, her reality becomes my reality. Among the many blogs, scholarly articles, and books that I’ve read on the subject of dementia, most all agree […]

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Reminising storytime with Mom


There weren’t a lot of books in our house when I was little. However, we did have the essentials: The Bible (first and foremost), and the complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica of which my parents couldn’t afford, but the salesman said, “They will be an educational asset for your children for years.” What parent doesn’t want the best […]

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Having Coffee With My Best Friend


    I do my mother’s laundry while she sits and watches. We talk, but these days our talks are more of a Q and A session. It’s hard holding a conversation with an Alzheimer’s patient, but I try. When we’re together, we sit close, watch others, and smile. However, there is one thing we enjoy: […]

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Somewhere Over The Rainbow


Beech Mountain, North Carolina (Elevation 5,506) High in the hills of Western North Carolina, lies the town of Beech Mountain. Before my husband and I bought our second home on Beech, we visited often. Mountain serenity captivates our senses and reverts us to a more comfortable state-of-being. Now that I’m “midlife,” I purposely wander the […]

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