My Father

Many of you know that my father passed away on December 17th, 2013 after a very short, two month non-battle with stage IV cancer.  He did not want to go to battle.  At 80, he accepted his illness and lived his last two months the same way he lived his life.  He was stoic, decisive, […]

I’ve been playing Scrabble

My son and I went on a mini cross-country trip to Colorado last month.  I wanted to tell you all about it, but I couldn’t find my words or motivation to write.  So I’ll share a tiny bit about our trip, and then tell you why I’ve been quiet. Our trip began on Oct. 2nd […]

Why I Walk to End Alzheimer’s

My grandmother visited me for a week in 1996 when she had moderate dementia.  To ease the burden of having one caregiver, my grandma traveled between her three children’s homes and would stay for up to four months at a time at each place.  My home was a stop-over one year as she went from […]

Graduation Celebration Procrastination

Saturday Allowed to help in dorm room, make small dent. Attend graduation luncheon while Jake’s $900 mountain bike is stolen from his vacant suite. Jake looks for bike and makes unproductive police report. Take advantage of Jake’s unfortunate distraction, make BIG dent. Wonder where I went wrong as I’m engulfed in piles of dirty clothes […]

Accepting the Flow and Letting Go

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”  ~ Anaïs Nin A website I found called “Aging Abundantly” spoke to me one day saying: Aging Abundantly is here for you ~ the woman who is in the midst of the greatest transformation of her life ~ you who are arising from the ashes of your […]

Adjusting Under My Rock

The 10K I ran in May was the last time I ran 6 miles . . .  or 5 or 4 for that matter.  Running 3 miles two or three days a week is about it, and even that has become difficult.  Ugh!  How can I lose 3 miles in one month?!  The short answer?   […]

We Are a Family of Five

I’ve been talking a lot about my mom lately.  That’s just where my head is at.  But you should know that I’m not the only one concerned about my mom.  I have an older sister and a younger brother who have been right here with me all the way. We are a family of five. […]

Mom: A Brief Biography

My mother, Ruth Joanne Hall was born 1937 in Wadena, Minnesota. She was the oldest of three children born into a middle-class family. She had in many ways an idyllic childhood — along with a successful father and nurturing mother, she was a Girl Scout, had a paper route, sang in the church choir and […]