The Zen of Paddling

This has been a difficult Thanksgiving weekend, but not without things for which I’ve been thankful. One of those has been the ability to escape, even if just for a bit. The pattern has been for me to get in a bit of paddling either at sunrise or in the morning. Either Laura or Amy … Continue reading The Zen of Paddling

Banjo Therapy

Last winter we discovered that Laura’s mom responds well to my banjo playing. Her memory returns and she claps along. I’ve started bringing it every time we visit, and despite my limited skills she seems to like it. This Thanksgiving has been very difficult, with Mrs. Wright battling infections as well as Alzheimer’s While the … Continue reading Banjo Therapy

Well, Sh*t

This was not the existential crisis I was expecting this week. I had much more pressing concerns – possible recurring cancer in my family, increasingly difficult elder care, and helping my sister move out of her home. The presidential election was the last thing on my mind. Laura proudly cast her vote for the first … Continue reading Well, Sh*t