Category Family

Choosing a Memory Care Home Sight-Unseen

We may be sheltering in place but Alzheimer’s disease is not holding still. It’s doing what it always does. It progresses. There is no cure for this disease. Symptoms may be somewhat controlled with medication and behavioral modification, but loved ones’ health conditions continue to decline. Should the symptoms become unmanageable from the loved one’s […]

Perfect Opportunity to Ponder

Contemplation is defined as deep reflective thought, to think profoundly about something. In a very busy life, there is little opportunity to contemplate on anything. God, a Higher Power, Mother Nature, the Universe, humanity – whoever or whatever is responsible for this haunting virus, sent us to our rooms to think about what we need […]

Shopping in an Apron Mask

Grocery shopping can be a time-consuming task, but I sure do miss running into a store to pick up exactly what I want when I want it. As advised by the CDC, I avoid going into the stores. Either a younger family member shops for me or I order from Instacart. The experience is mostly […]

The Sacred Pit

After Jesus was scourged, he likely was held in a dungeon. Jerusalem marks a cave beneath the house of Ciaphas which may have been the one where Jesus was held. It’s thought that prisoners were lowered into dark, damp caves by ropes that were tied under their arms. The rope was long enough for prisoners […]

Holy Week Online

We are approaching a most unusual Holy Week in the U.S. Typically, many of us regular church-goers would spend an extra day if not Thursday, Friday, and Saturday or Sunday in church. This will not happen this year as most churches, including mine, are closed due to COVID-19. One of my favorite Masses is the […]

COVID-19 Caregiving Challenges

In the best of times, caring for our loved ones with dementia can be stressful. Under the cloud of COVID-19, we can be pushed to our limits. In addition to the round the clock supervision and direction, we have the concerns about sanitation. Loved ones with dementia are typically messy in the bathroom and at […]

One Year Later

Life goes on. Our loved ones pass and it’s a day, a week, a year. Before we know it, it’s 21 years since we last kissed their cheek, as it is with my mother. Our loved ones are frozen in time. We remember them just as we saw them last. But we keep growing older, […]

God’s Curious Timing

God pushes us. The tougher the situations we’re presented, the more likely we’ll also be offered opportunities to use our God-given gifts to assist others in similar situations. I’ve been richly blessed as well as greatly challenged most of my life. But that doesn’t seem to be an excuse to slack off through my senior […]

Season of Hope and Peace

The hope of Christmas is ours. The angel said so to the shepherds in the field. “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the […]

Fish Story

The rosary is my go-to devotion. I pray it when I’m driving, stressed, working-out, cleaning house, and at the end of the day. I’m in a peaceful place while meditating on the Mysteries and praying the repetitive, rhythmic prayer. I have many rosaries but two new ones are particularly interesting. My friend, Lori, sent me […]