Happy Birthday Thankfulness

On this day, March 5, 2022, we have so much for which to be thankful, and that’s a great way to begin our day. Here is a snippet from my personal list. First, I am thankful for my parents who gave birth to me 71 years ago today! Yes, you read that correctly. Today isContinue reading “Happy Birthday Thankfulness”

The Fifth Season

In Kindergarten we learn about the 4 seasons: Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring. And those 4 become the norm for life for us. As children, we come to anticipate Summer and the change from school days to fun days. We even learn to associate the weather patterns of the seasons, depending on where we live.Continue reading “The Fifth Season”

It’s All in the Perspective

My prayer today is that my words will encourage and support those of you who care for a loved one with Parkinson’s Disease or some other chronic or degenerative disease. I was humbled this past week as a friend confided that her husband has been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. My first thought was toContinue reading “It’s All in the Perspective”

Peace through Sadness

Sometimes, but thankfully not always, it seems that everywhere we look there is sadness. This was one of those weeks. As a self-proclaimed problem solver, I wish I could fix things so that people won’t have to be sad anymore. I wish there was no more death. No more pain. No more depression. But thatContinue reading “Peace through Sadness”

Of Mantras and Music

To encourage and support those who care for a loved one with Parkinson’s Disease or any other chronic or degenerative disease – that is my goal. Of Mantras (a statement or slogan repeated frequently) People ask me how we have made it so long dealing with a disease like PD. My answer is 3 wordsContinue reading “Of Mantras and Music”

Five Minute Friday – PERMISSION

Have you ever had a friend in whose presence you always felt you had to be careful to not offend them? Did you feel you were “walking on eggshells” around them? I have felt that way also. On the other side of the spectrum, I love to be around friends who like me for whoContinue reading “Five Minute Friday – PERMISSION”

Beyond Understanding

I will never fully understand Parkinson’s Disease. Just when I think I do, hubby does something that doesn’t fit that mold I have built in my mind. Perhaps we can never predict a disease that affects the mind because we don’t fully understand how the brain works. How can my intelligent husband who is usuallyContinue reading “Beyond Understanding”

One Very Bad Day

Sometimes life goes along at a steady pace and we think all is well until BOOM! Something catastrophic occurs: a hurricane, an earthquake, an accident, a bad medical diagnosis, or political upheaval. Any of these or countless other events, can cause one to have a very bad day. But for us as caregivers, it doesn’tContinue reading “One Very Bad Day”

My Word for 2021

As a retired teacher, I remember fondly the start of each new school year. It was always exciting to get new notebooks, new lesson plans, new ideas to implement, and decorate my classroom with new charts and pictures of what I hoped to accomplish that year. That’s how I feel about a new year. I’mContinue reading “My Word for 2021”

Finishing 2020

If I keep to my regular schedule, the next blog post I write will be on the day after Christmas. Here is the list of possible topics if I want to write about Christmas today: What if this is my last Christmas? What if this is hubby’s last Christmas? What does Christmas mean to me?Continue reading “Finishing 2020”