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It’s Nobody’s Fault

Posted on May 30th, 2018
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Every year my little one and her husband escape to various destinations right about Memorial Day/Guinniversary—‘cause those dates generally overlap.  And every year I’m in charge of evening pet care at their abode—namely the feeding and watering of four cats and two dogs with a few other tasks thrown in for good measure.  All cats […]

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Reflections On the Day

Posted on May 23rd, 2018
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My Grandmother Rogers (aka Wa-Wa, which is what you get when trying to teach a two year old to say Grandmother Rogers) was born in December of 1899, a fact that made remembering her age incredibly easy.  At each birthday she turned whatever the year was about to be.  Needless to say (but which I’m […]

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I’ll Always Have Five . . .

Posted on May 17th, 2018
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His son had left this life tragically and much too soon.  I never knew exactly what happened and I never asked.  I figured if that was knowledge I was supposed to have then someone would supply it without me making a formal—and none-of-my-business—request.  But honestly, the circumstances didn’t change the end result—a family left to […]

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A Bond Like No Other

Posted on May 10th, 2018
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There are a lot of events in life that we simply take for granted will occur.  If you’re in high school, everyone just assumes there will be a graduation to attend.  If you go to college afterwards . . . or enter the military . . . or attend a trade school . . . […]

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It’s All In The Timing

Posted on May 3rd, 2018
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In May of 1992, my husband’s 86 year old grandmother suffered a massive stroke.  One day she was up and going and keeping great-grandkids and the next she was in a hospital room in Memphis, and the family was gathering to have the end of life discussion.  Initially I had believed there was hope.  When […]

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A Part Of You

Posted on April 25th, 2018
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Recently I had the opportunity to speak with someone I had not spoken to in years.  They had previously lived in our area and we had attended church together . . . but then her husband began experiencing what turned out to be the early stages of Alzheimer’s.  At that time they were living in […]

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Together Again

Posted on April 19th, 2018
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Rosa Lillian Gardano was fourteen when she and her family traveled from their home in Olive Hill, Tennessee to Illinois.  What should have been a pleasant and uneventful trip turned deadly when the car in which she, her mother, and her older sister were riding was involved in an accident near the town of Livingston.  […]

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Side By Side

Posted on April 12th, 2018
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He was a basket case when his wife died, so much so that a great deal of the decision making was yielded to others—others whose thought processes were not exactly what his would have been, had he been capable of thinking. Now, years later, he was living with the regrets.  When he walked into our […]

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Never Enough

Posted on April 4th, 2018
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“Time is the most valuable thing there is. Since the beginning of time, there never seems to be enough of it. People try to beat time, but time always wins. Sometimes when you run out of time you end up doing time. And even if you’re rich you can’t buy more time – although some […]

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Transitioning and Such

Posted on March 29th, 2018
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The phone rang (as phones are prone to doing—especially around here) and the director answered.  On the other end of the line was a hospice nurse in Atlanta, Georgia. Nurse:  “I’m calling to let you know we have a patient who is transitioning and the family wishes to use your facility.” Director:  “All right. “Wait […]

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