Tag Archives: Relationships

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 […]

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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 […]

Shedding Light on the Flickering Chandelier

The bulbs are flickering but still light the room. Outsiders rarely understand Alzheimer’s disease. If they don’t or haven’t cared for someone with Alzheimer’s 24/7 for at least a week, they presume the state of our loved one to be better or worse than it is. A few outsiders believe that a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease […]

Let’s Make a Deal

“Lord, if you help me find a job today, I promise I’ll never complain about going to work. I will go in every day with a smile on my face.” Not all losses are the same but losing a job is close to the top, because it is painful on several levels. The loss of […]

Leadership Potential

We know leaders when we see them, because we either watch others follow or are drawn to follow their instruction or example. We recognize the roles they play in leading humanity down a path different from the one people of their time were going. Galileo led our eyes to the heavens. Abraham Lincoln led a […]

Comforting the Lonely

Remember those busy days when our families were young and on the move? People surrounded us. In addition to our friends and family, the parents of our children’s friends, neighbors, church ministries, and coworkers filled our lives. How often we wished back then for a quiet moment. As that wish becomes a reality, we can […]

What Happen’s Next?

“When we get to the end of the story, you will know more than you do now…”  ― Hans Christian Andersen, The Snow Queen Who doesn’t worry about tomorrow? Life would be so much easier if we knew how things will work out. Knowing the future would reduce so much anxiety. Or would it? Everything works out […]

The Most Expensive Disease in the Nation

The Reason to Hope event was held in the Chicago area last week. Representing the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and the more than 15 million caregivers it takes to care for them, my husband, Marshall Brodien, and I were honored with the Courage Award. We are grateful to the Illinois Alzheimer’s […]

God Protects Us

“Providence” was one of St. Theodora/Mother Theodore Guerin’s favorite words. “Trust in Providence” and “Lean on Providence” were her mottos. What’s more, she was a Sister of Providence in France and then the founder of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. She truly placed her life and those of her community in the […]

Pray It, Not Wear It

Would you wear a rosary as a necklace? We rosary pray-ers know the power of the rosary. We feel peace from praying it and are assured of Mary’s closeness as we progress through the prayers and meditations. Simply holding it in our hands brings comfort on difficult days. However, as much as we love our rosary, […]