Writing with Elders: A Success Story

"It has been a 'journey', a delightful journey, as Mary Rives, MHA, MS, helped me recall and record the many inspirational, emotional, most memorable and loving memories of my life. She has been thoughtful, compassionate, and encouraging as I sometimes struggled for...

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Mine the Past: Turn Back the Pages

In preparation to complete my memoir in 2019, I recently unearthed reams of old journals and notebooks, boxes of old photographs, and other memorabilia from the past that both warm my heart and make me yearn for those I've loved who've moved on. Among the flotsam...

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Storytelling: 10 Benefits for Elders

Powerful Medicine Scientific evidence reveals that sharing and recording stories is beneficial for senior citizens, aka elders. Research shows that writing on or reminiscing about family history improves self-esteem, enhances feelings of control and mastery over life,...

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Reflections on Thanksgiving

Part of my story which is connected to the collective narrative is that it's taken me a while to come to a peaceful place within regarding Thanksgiving, especially knowing that this day is considered a day of mourning for many First Americans who lost most of their...

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On Gratitude

GRATITUDE by David Whyte Gratitude is not a passive response to something we have been given, gratitude arises from paying attention, from being awake in the presence of everything that lives within and without us. Gratitude is not necessarily something that is shown...

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Honoring Alice

Alice in the Elsewhere YOU! A beacon of light YOU! A dear friend to many YOU! A master of many gifts, a passionate lover of this earthly life YOU who so loved your Wayne whose love for you is an example to the rest of us COMMITMENT, DEVOTION, FORGIVENESS, TENACITY,...

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Desiderata 

By Max Hermann Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant;...

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Summer of 2018

Thanks for stopping by.  My, oh my, it's been a whopper of summer for me and I'm genuinely curious about how it's been for others. My life circumstances have required a lot from me this spring and summer, but I've still made time for summer fun. While I haven't been...

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