Author Archives: Mary K. Doyle

Walking Toward Answers

“Walking a labyrinth is a meditative and healing experience that helps relieve stress, at least temporarily, by quieting the mind. Like a voyage to the center of our being, walkers claim that it promotes a sense of peace, compassion, and understanding. The special walk offers a period of repose, a peaceful break from life’s challenges. […]

Is Love Enough?

The Beetles sang, “All You Need is Love.” But how true is that? Is love really enough? Is it the only thing you need in a successful relationship? From one past experience, I’d say, “No.” Many decades ago—yep, I’m old enough to look back many, many moons—I was in a relationship where my partner and […]

Namaste

“I bow to you.” That’s the literal translation of the Sanskrit word, Namaste. Often said with palms held together vertically in front of the heart, the words and gesture are a sign of surrender and respect acknowledging the soul in one another. Although, no words are necessary. The gesture with a bow alone signifies Namaste. […]

Love Them Where They Are

Like sunshine on an overcast day rays of the man I knew peek through the clouds leaving me longing for more. How well we who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease know the feelings of this poem found in the beginning of my book, Navigating Alzheimer’s. One minute our mother seems to recognize us and […]

Marian Devotion through Art

“Sandro Botticelli, Raphael, Michelangelo, Francesco Botticini, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Mary Cassatt, and Salvador Dali. The world’s greatest fine artists, along with thousands who are lesser known, felt the need to reveal their vision of the Virgin Mary through art. Whether painted with oil on canvas or carved in marble, more artwork has been created of Mary […]

Review Power

How many stars would you give a product that answered a particular need you were seeking to answer? One of the greatest draws to online shopping is the ability to read consumer reviews. Products always sell better when recommended. Most comments will reveal a range of satisfaction, but by reading them we can determine if […]

The Other Side of Mourning

It’s an unusual kind of mourning. Friends who lost a loved-one to dementia before me told me that the mourning period after death would be different than typically occurs. It isn’t as if our loved one suddenly died in an accident or suffered from a physical illness where we could still speak with them until […]

Life Goes On

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”  Robert Frost Poet Robert Frost contemplated the complexity, and yet, the simplicity, of life in the profound quote above. No matter what happens, he surmised, we continue moving through life. I see a parallel between this quote and my favorite […]

Timeless Message for Peace

“Throughout history, some level of unrest has existed. Since the creation of humanity and the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, we’ve argued our differences, often to extreme outcomes. No one can deny that any pockets of peace our planet is currently experiencing are isolated and fragile. The extent of violence […]

Memory Keepers

“You think you’re so smart, but you married me,” Marshall would say when he knew I was right about something we debated. He didn’t like to acknowledge when he was wrong. I was OK with that. His response always made me laugh. Shared jokes such as this are one of the many things Alzheimer’s robs […]