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 […]

“When the Caretaker Crashes”

“When the Caretaker Crashes”                   “So during this time, I couldn’t eat…I couldn’t drive… I lost 30 lbs. I could do nothing but lie in bed….”  Why are we humans so predictable? We never put things in place we’re pretty assured we might need—until after the fact? […]

When “the Decision” Hurts You…Way More Than Her”

  (”the wreath signaled everything…She’d adjusted to her new home)  When “the Decision” Hurts You …Waaayyy More Than It Does Her On each of the pivotal points, when I should’ve made a decision, I stalled, thinking “maybe she’s happier in her home”…”maybe her driving isn’t as feckless as it seems”…”maybe no one will cheat her.” […]

What You’ll Get in Boomerrrang!

Boomerrrang begins with a crash. And then there’s an explosion. After Paul’s horrific accident, his broken neck, his “death” due to choking, post-surgery, his ending up in ICU, and his frightening cognitive changes, I had simply endured all I was going to take from his very arrogant neurosurgeon. My women friends (some with Southern accents) […]

A Lesson My Aging Mother Taught Me

  It had been brutally hot that summer. And throughout the state, towns and cities baked in the sun’s punishing rays. My mother’s half acre, bordering the West Warwick/Coventry line, was parched and arid but that didn’t stop her from hiring two sketchy-looking individuals to prune the forsythia bushes on her property. Why? She intended […]