Who are you connected to?

Who are you connected to?

Last week we were at a family reunion in Ireland.  We had a wonderful night with our relations.  Nick had his picture taken with his 3rd cousin Gary Doherty.  Gary is 5 months younger than Nick.  Gary and Nick are both retired.  During his career...

Eat Dessert First, Life Is Uncertain!

Eat Dessert First, Life Is Uncertain!

In the early 1980’s there was a dessert place in Seattle, that had the marketing slogan, “Eat Dessert First, Life Is Uncertain!” Arden and I adopted this as a family motto.  Circumstances always remind us that life is uncertain...

You can’t always count the cost.

You can’t always count the cost.

In Enniscrone, Co. Sligo, Ireland, there is a large 767 airplane in a field.  It is part of the Quirky Glamping Village.  As you know, Nick loves planes and we were told we had to see it.  He thought it was very funny. Over the weekend, we heard...

A rooftop garden, sunshine, and piano music!

A rooftop garden, sunshine, and piano music!

I am in Galway, alone.  Oh, I am with friends.  However, I am not with Nick.  He and Arden are up in Donegal and I will join them on Monday. This weekend I am presenting at a conference on Mothering at Galway University.  My talk is entitled...

Adjusting to the new normal.

Adjusting to the new normal.

Ancient Greek philosophers taught us “The only thing that is constant is change.”  It seems that just as soon as I get used to the current changes in our lives, we are facing a new normal.  Nick has fallen a couple of times this past...

Make Accommodations!

Make Accommodations!

During our trip to Ireland last fall Nick had a seizure while Arden was bringing him down the stairs.  Because someone was with him as always, he wasn’t injured, but we felt that it was a warning.  We determined that we needed to make some...

Don’t underestimate what is possible.

Don’t underestimate what is possible.

A couple of years ago we decided to add on a few days in Paris to our usual trip to Ireland.  Both Arden and I had wanted to visit the City of Lights, so we asked Nick if he wanted to go to Paris.  He said “Yes, we see the sights.”...

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