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The wisdom of our grandmothers

I think this is the slowest onset of a cold I have ever had. Each day it has gotten microscopically worse. First a slight raspy throat and then the next day a slightly more raspy throat. Yes and then the … Continue reading

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“Grandma’s in the car.”

Last Friday I took my mother to the hospital to get her battery replaced for the DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) she has for her Parkinson’s disease, which helps to control her dyskinesia. We had to be at the hospital in … Continue reading

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“When it’s my time…”

I took my mother to her doctor. Her weight exactly the same as mine. Congestive heart failure. Increasing and progressive Parkinson’s symptoms. Heart murmur. High blood pressure. Then we went out for lunch, my mother napping on the ride to the … Continue reading

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The colorful nuances of morning espresso

Starting mid-June, instead of having a large glass of coffee (yes, we drank our coffee from glasses) every morning, which JB prepared as part of our morning routine, we have taken to drinking a double espresso. The taste is deliciously strong … Continue reading

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The eyes follow you no matter where you are

My mother’s favorite painting in the Toledo Museum of Art is of Mordecai Myers, painted by John Wesley Jarvis in 1814. She has always been fascinated by the man in this painting, always wondering who he was. She always pointed out … Continue reading

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Old habits cry out for transformation

I have been in Ann Arbor for the last couple of days doing errands with my mother who resides in an assisted living facility there. Yesterday we shopped for clothes for my mother to wear at my sister and her … Continue reading

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and yet…

It’s Father’s Day and I’m thinking about my dad— how funny and smart and kind he was, how compassionate and mischievous and generous. I learned a great deal from him and the way he was able to harness his creativity in … Continue reading

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Compost

I spent the whole day cleaning the garden, spreading the compost, and planting a few plants we purchased this morning. From 10:00 to 6:00, working our small urban patch of land, with a small break for some iced tea and … Continue reading

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On this Mother’s Day

On this Mother’s Day I am humbled by the compassionate wisdom and tender insight of my son.  When our children reflect back to us their understanding of the experience of our life, it can be unsettling, exposing, discerning. I don’t know why I … Continue reading

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Fiddler

I was at the dress rehearsal of Fiddler on the Roof at school today, performed by a bunch of very talented middle schoolers and directed by our new theater teacher. The students’ voices in song, their choreography, and acting were … Continue reading

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