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Older and Happier

“The oldest people in America are the happiest according to a study by Yang Yang, a University of Chicago sociologist. About 28,000 people aged 18 to 88 took part in the study. Yang Yang said that older people developed lower expectations and higher acceptance of others, increasing their appreciation of life. However, other studies also […]

Fighting for a Future Without Alzheimer’s

The last few weeks have been all about the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walks. I’ve been raising funds, briefly spoke at the walk in Naperville, Illinois last weekend, and am participating in the Fox Valley Walk this coming weekend. My fundraising efforts have been entirely online. Work and family responsibilities fill my days leaving me with no […]

Pray for the Victims and Our Church

Perhaps like me, you thought our beloved Church fully investigated, resolved, and disclosed abuse cases to the best of its ability. We hoped this horrific period was behind us. We have learned otherwise. The number of people victimized by entrusted Church leaders either first-hand or through the protection of predators has astounded, disheartened, and embarrassed […]

A Caregiver’s Prayer

This prayer says it all. We caregivers of faith pray. We pray when we get up in the morning, all day long, and throughout the restless nights. We pray for our loved one and our much-needed strength, courage, and patience. We couldn’t get through the day without knowing God is with us, guiding us, and providing […]

Happy Birthday, Mom!

My mother, Patricia (Patsy) McCarthy Doyle, would be 90 years old today. Imagining her at this age is difficult for me. She died at the age of 70 in 1999. When I was young, I didn’t understand why people would mourn their loved ones decades after their deaths. I get it now. No matter how […]

Praying with Saints

“By baptism, all Christians are called to be saints. We are all to live our life in such a way that gives glory to God. Saints are people who are in heaven after living a life of charity and goodness. The Church recognizes some saints as such, but everyone’s life goal should be to strive […]

Mary, the Rose

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. And so would Mary. We have our favorite titles for Mary, but we also know that whether she is referred to as Our Lady of Mercy or Queen of Angels, she is one in the same. Mary is the mother of Jesus and our holy […]

YouTube Show and Tell

Mentors surround me. I’m so very fortunate to have an extensive range of people I can go to for guidance on everything from home repair to relationship issues. If I can’t meet with these mentors in person, contacting them by phone, Facetime, email, or text often works just as well. And I have another source […]

Tithing in Retirement

My husband, Marshall, was very generous when he was working. He treated family and friends often. But when he no longer worked, he cut back considerably. Despite the early signs of dementia, he understood that our financial situation drastically changed. We couldn’t spend on ourselves or our loved ones as we had for decades. Every […]

END ALZ

  The state of Illinois finally got something right. It issued a license plate to help promote awareness of the urgent need for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Illinois is the first and only state to have a specialty license plate supporting the Alzheimer’s Association and it’s now available to Illinois residents. The exposure of […]