“Lady in the Waiting Room”

“Lady in the Waiting Room”  She was tiny. A frail, 5’ tall, older woman who entered the waiting room, looked around, and sat on one of the empty chairs. She never went up to check in with the receptionist behind the glass. Most of the chairs in the room were taken. Over the next hour, […]

Panic in the Tunnel: A Caretaker’s Journey

Panic in the Tunnel: A Caretaker’s Journey A caretaker’s life is littered with unexpected stressors that can bring her or him to the brink. Case in point? An event that happened on our recent trip to the western coast (we live in Rhode Island). Now, Seattle, Washington is a big town, indeed. Millions of residents…thousands […]

To Combat Loneliness, Get Out There

I talk to other caretakers about how they weather their challenges. They’re almost always women who are sole caretakers of their older husband/partner,mother or Dad. They talk about how their life has stood still; they don’t go anywhere; they are not free to pursue activities for themselves. They are lonely. With that in mind (and […]

Humor on the Cancer Ward

“Humor on the Cancer Ward” I didn’t always recognize its importance. I mean when I was younger, I thought that being attractive, outgoing, articulate were sure-fire antidotes to one’s suffering a life of mediocrity. I just never recognized the value of something I took for granted– my sense of humor. And then life happened. When […]

Amanda DiLeone Carson: Funeral Director/Embalmer

 The Final Caretaker….Funeral Director/Embalmer People who know me—or my writing—know I often focus on caretakers…the everyday heroes among us. The following is a young woman I first met when I was teaching. I liken her to Charon, the mythical guide in Greek mythology who ferried the dead across the River Styx to the Underworld, for […]