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New Year’s Evolution

This blog came to me as I thought about the inspiring, light up the world woman who asked me how I choose what I write for my blog. I have been following her life and evolution this year since leading a workshop she attended last year that was titled exactly this: A New Year’s Evolution…

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Questions That Grace the End of Each Day

There is a beautiful story, one of many, in My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge and Belonging by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. It is a story I have shared over the years with many audiences, most recently with professional caregivers as they sometimes struggle and feel frustration with how to be present with those…

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The Exquisite Web of Care Giving Conversations

I am having the most glorious conversations! They are part of my hope of seeing that caregiving is an integral part of our lives and our days. The small ways in which we show it and receive it will help prepare us for the caregiving challenges that enter on to the continuum of our lives.…

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A Magnificent Caregiver and a Mystery – Both

This is the thing about writing of any kind. I never know what is going to emerge after the first sentence. In yesterday’s blog I happened to recall the morning I was struck by a certain memory of my father and the unexpected, surprise moment that followed that memory. Today when I dated my morning…

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Early Morning Writing- My Own Caregiving

I am barely going to beat the clock on this blog! Each morning for going on a year and a half I have relished following The Miracle Morning practice, so beautifully crafted by Hal Elrod. I do not miss a day even if it means getting up an hour or more earlier than planned. Silence,…

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Gift of a Caregiver From Birth to Death

    Until a few months ago, I had never pictured myself in my mother’s womb. Never. It did not even occur to me. I obviously know I was there for 9 months and the objective knowing is where it stayed. Perhaps that is part of the lack of talking about anything “close” in my…

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Beautiful Words and Caregiving

Hundreds of words and images incessantly swirled through my mind all night long. “Sleep” was not among them in either category. Somewhere in the swirling I was reminded of the story of Christopher Nolan, an English writer who won several awards for his poetry and autobiography. He also authored a novel. His was a mind…

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May

Walking the park path today, which so often seems new rather than usual, I was reflecting on how many times during my years in education I observed the growth, hatching, and release of butterflies in the month of May…joyful in sending them off to freedom, wings taking them to who knows where, nourished by nature…

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Pruning

Recently, the daylong winds felt like an event. The cold added to the drama. The energy and movement created by the wind mesmerize me. I sat for the longest time watching the limbs of the trees blowing and bending as if in a wild dance of the hundreds in the neighborhood. There was both synchronicity…

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