• Family
  • Friday, May 26, 2017

    “There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.” ~ Andrew Jackson I am Skyping with my granddaughter; she is quizzing me from a list questions she compiled. (Really, what did grandmothers do before telephones and Skype when their grandchildren lived far away? I shudder […]

  • Adoption
  • Friday, May 12, 2017

    “I observe, I write, I try not to remember the life that I didn’t want to lose but lost and have to remember.” ~ Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close The other day I chatted briefly with on of the residents at the care home where my mother-in-love now resides. She told me how […]

  • Aging
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    “I believe in the magic and authority of words.” ~ René Char There is a woman named Betty who lives in the care home with my mother-in-love who does not speak. She is 99-years-old and has some dementia but, as far as I can tell, is physically strong. She dives heartily into her meals; one […]

  • A "Grand" Life!
  • Friday, March 10, 2017

    “That is one good thing about this world . . . there are always sure to be more springs.” ~ L.M. Montgomery I dread looking out the window in the morning for fear of seeing how much snow accumulated overnight. I’m hearing rumours of a warming trend next week so maybe, if we can just […]

  • Family
  • Monday, March 6, 2017

    “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” ~ Rudyard Kipling I love the written word and am relatively fluent in it. Less so, the spoken word. I fast grow weary of inane chatter and small talk, though I hold deep appreciation for one-on-one conversation that goes beneath the surface. Yesterday I was […]

  • Family
  • Friday, February 24, 2017

    “She loved them so much that she felt a kind of hollowness on the inner surface of her arms whenever she looked at them–an ache of longing to pull them close and hold them tight against her.” ~ Anne Tyler, A Spool of Blue Thread We are looking forward to a weekend with our grandchildren. […]

  • Family
  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    “The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart There were many moments of silence as we visited with my mother-in-love yesterday. It was not one of her better days. Still, there was music in the few words she spoke in the moments when her eyes met ours in […]