Category Family

I Am

“Memory is essential to our well-being, but why do we forget so much as we grow older? For some, it is a challenge to recall all but the most significant events and details. And even the events that once defined us fade away. In later stages of Alzheimer’s, many do not even know their own […]

Epitome of a Mentoring Hero

“Is this the famous author, Mary K. Doyle,” my friend, Herb (Herbert Sohn, M.D.), would lovingly ask every time he called me? Herb made me feel important, special. But I knew that I wasn’t the only one. He spoke with everyone like that. Herb was the epitome of a mentoring hero. He knew where people […]

How Do You Pray?

Spirituality has definitely changed over the last few decades, but no doubt, people still do pray. Most know that there is something bigger than us, and especially in dire times, we call on that higher power to come to our rescue. Although how we pray and to whom or what our prayers are directed differs […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]