Karen Quemby, MA Alzheimer Society of Muskoka"Writing is hard, very hard, especially when the situation is so close personally. You have to balance your emotions and memories with detachment and that takes GUTS."
Janet Lewis, Professor Emerita, York University, Toronto"Dear Tony is a real story of love and passion - how two people must navigate together the loss of health and the inevitability of being separated by life's course. I found myself waking this morning wanting to hold my husband close to me, as Sherry's story reminds me that this is a fate we all must live as we age, in one form or another. An inspiring read."
June Elder, B.A. Gerontology, B.A. Sociology
Watching Out the Window… When a statutory holiday offers a three-day weekend, it doesn’t always create anticipation of a good time. Circumstances may keep us on the inside looking out, especially if health issues confine us to barracks. Caregivers sometimes suffer bittersweet memories of fun days long past, including family get togethers. When the list […]
ABBAmania Last evening I went with a galpal to see the newest movie release of Mamma Mia. Aside from the music and lyrics of ABBA, there was surprisingly more to take home. ABBA was Tony’s top favourite, in younger years he could dance the night away with sheer joy, and we shared many laughs about […]
As I sat alone today at the back of a small church, feelings of joy overcame sadness. The pews slowly filled with reverent parishioners, people scooched along the smooth wood whenever they heard a new hesitant question whispered. “Is anyone sitting here?” By 1:45 it was standing room only and latecomers overflowed into the foyer. […]
Commitment to each other and the power of love.The ring on your finger and fulfilling a dream. Happy days. Reiterated between today’s enchanted and deliriously happy bride and groom. They are looking forward, many of us are looking back with full hearts. When you’re caregiving for a spouse it’s hard to feel starry-eyed sometimes, I […]
It’s All a Puzzle A television documentary this week impacted me when I followed the dedication and resourcefulness of the caregiver, a young woman whose husband has Multiple Sclerosis. Two of Alice Cook’s quotes resonated. “I just don’t think about the emotional side,” she says. “You get numb because you’re so busy. I literally don’t […]
…Let the world slip away On this almost perfect afternoon Can’t we stay in bed all day? Just this one day This golden Sunday with you On this sunny Sunday it is, as the lyrics go, an almost perfect afternoon. With Molly Johnson’s “Messin’ Around” CD jazzing up my space, I’m thinking about how time […]
Despite using a ruler and measuring, I somehow can’t draw a straight line. Might it be that my own horizon is crooked? Today, February 14th, I dislike the Valentine’s aspect, because my heart is still bereft. The logic behind reverently unwrapping the two small bears with heart-shaped angel wings seemed questionable; they were a gift […]