Remembering my mother

Friends who attended my mother’s funeral on Tuesday asked if I would post a copy of the eulogy I wrote. In loving memory of Carlesta (Geisel) Gullion, the following was read at her memorial service on September 16, 2014. When you’re deep in the trenches of caring for a parent who’s battling advanced dementia, it gets […]

The caregiver’s guilt trip

Like most caregivers, I struggle with feelings of guilt. Even when I’ve done my best to manage my elderly mother’s healthcare, I wonder if I could have — or should have — done more. Focusing on this topic, “The Caregiver’s Guilt Trip” is my new column in the September 7 issue of Michigan Prime. If you’re […]

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 […]

Vacation from Facebook

I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least – and it is commonly more than that – sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.”  ~Henry David Thoreau To my Facebook friends: I’ve temporarily deactivated my […]

Mothering myself

Mother is a verb, not a noun.”  ~ English Proverb It’s going to take several days to recover from last week’s domestic flurry – a self-inflicted storm of floor washing, napkin ironing, furniture polishing, and grocery shopping. As most women would, I blamed it initially on the Thanksgiving holiday and the fact that I would […]

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