Broken-heart signals

At midlife, our hearts and bodies often become increasingly sensitive to things that no longer serve us.” — Christiane Northrup, M.D. Long before the weird heart palpitations started, my first warning was a never-ending series of medical appointments on my day planner. Not one of those appointments was for me. Three years ago, I’d purchased […]

The mom I used to have

 Caregivers are forced to let go of a loved one little by little, again and again, sometimes over a span of many years.” — Leeza Gibbons, Take Your Oxygen First Crafted from fine cotton yarn, the black cardigan sweater became a staple in my spring wardrobe after my mother bought it for me 10 years […]

Photo memories of Mom

All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget.   ~John Berger Sometimes I have to rely on the lens of memory to see her as the true beauty she once was. Waiting for the occupational therapist to arrive, my widowed mother is slumped in a chair in her new assisted living apartment. Her […]

The chemistry of memory

Though I’ve been writing professionally for nearly 30 years, there are times when I find it easier to express myself through the visual arts. Especially when I’m struggling to come to terms with a difficult or painful topic. One of my mixed-media constructions, “What We Remember,” is a case in point. I began working on […]

Mom, no matter what

The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.  ~Bernard M. Baruch I won the book this summer, but it sat unread for weeks, buried on my nightstand under a tall stack of novels and review copies. Joy No Matter What: Make Three Simple Choices to Access Your Inner […]

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