Category Archives: life changes

Life Is But A Dream

When I was little, I had intense and frightening nightmares. A repeated scenario placed me behind the wheel of a car, forced to drive when I could not yet see over the dash or reach the pedals, ultimately driving off … Continue reading

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Absorb This

My little old dog, Penny, is a teacher. One of my dog sitters, who admits to having issues with assertiveness, has credited Penny with showing her how to be more firm and clear about her own needs. And today, Penny … Continue reading

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The Hard Part

In 2015, a few months after mom died, I made a decision that caused the “Mom voice” in my head to scream “ARE YOU CRAZY?” I decided to adopt a 12 year old dog. Penny is a Yorkshire terrier. Her … Continue reading

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Explaining

YOU CANNOT REASON WITH A DEMENTED PERSON. Saying anything to someone who is in cognitive decline has extremely limited value. Why? Continue reading

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It’s almost here!

On May 15th, 2018, “Dementia Sucks” will be available. The book that came from this blog will be a real paperback book (and also available as a Kindle edition). The wait is nearly over. Order yours now!

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On May 15th, the World Will Know!

I told you I was going to do it. I took the posts from this humble blog, weeded out the ones that might hurt the living (hey, I’ve got scruples) and created a manuscript. One month after committing to getting … Continue reading

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End of the Ride

My phone rang as I was exercising at home on the last day of March. The hospice nurse attending to Mom called to suggest I get down there soon. “She’s transitioning.” This is hospice-speak for “her body is breaking down … Continue reading

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