Seeking My Brother

I have vividly real dreams. I remember bits and pieces of dreams from years ago. I most definitely remember the dreams if I’ve talked about them or written them down. A year or or so after dad died and David was sent away, mom and I were up at the cabin. A family friend was... Continue Reading →

Finding Mom (Part One)

During the five months since my mother's death, I've been offered an endless array of condolences that refer to my mom as my loved one. I'd have been ok with her being referred to as my mom or mother.  Calling her my loved one makes an assumption: that there was love involved. The fact that she's my mom... Continue Reading →

The End of the Journey

Major Mary Bryce Wilson Nooney. November 7, 1923 - February 17, 2017. I don't have much to write at the moment. My mind is numb, my thoughts scattered and unfocused. But, I wanted to share my mom's obituary with you: Mary B. Nooney, age 93, passed away peacefully at her home in Aurora, Colorado on... Continue Reading →

A Partial Checking In

Neglecting a blog for as long as I have, I can’t help but wonder who’s still around (other than the inevitable people who just follow every blog so that you’ll follow them back and buy into their product or self-help bullshit). I wonder who’s around not only because I’ve neglected my own blog, but because... Continue Reading →

The Mom Van

I always swore I'd never buy a mom van. I suppose, in my case, it would be a dad van. Either way: no minivan. Then this happened: A lovely April snow brought down a branch of our neighbor's crabapple tree at about three in the morning. The sound of the branch hitting the car was... Continue Reading →

Memorial Day at Roxbury Park

  Ronn and I were sitting in the backseat of Chris and Don's Subaru, reading a brochure for Roxbury State Park, our destination for the day. The brochure described the park as the place where "the mountains meet the plains." The illustrated pamphlet offered several pictures of the spectacular vistas and wildlife in the park,... Continue Reading →

Springs Past

We've had an odd Spring. Temperatures have been into the 80s a few times, though we've mostly had mild, breezy weather. Even a few heavy snowfalls. We don't have many flowers in our yard, but I like to try and get a few photos of them when they  begin to sprout and bloom. Between the... Continue Reading →

The Uninvited Guest: Five

Q.  What's the best part of having Alzheimer's? A.  You get to meet new people every day. ***** Humor can get us through dark places, laughing our way through the truths that are mixed into the jokes. My mom's Alzheimer's has not impacted her ability to recognize people she knows. Generally. A few months ago... Continue Reading →

The Compact Chronicles: Coffee

  The smell of brewing coffee is what woke her.  Allison snuggled deeper into the covers, thinking, "Just a few minutes more". Suddenly, she shot bolt upright in bed. "I don't own a coffee pot!" As she threw back the down comforter, she realized she didn't own a down comforter either.    

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