Be Bold and Strong, Banish……

When I was a little girl, my mother developed a “secret code” for anyone who might have to pick me up from school instead of her. This was at the height of the “stranger danger” period, and it reassured her to know that there was a plan. Continue reading “Be Bold and Strong, Banish……”


The Face in the Mirror


What’s the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?

Whatever it is, it’s probably either the same thing, or pretty close to the same thing, every day. We all have our own morning rituals.

Maybe you have a cup of coffee before you can do anything.

Maybe you hop out of bed and make it immediately. [this is my monthly challenge for June…trying to develop good habits]

Or you jump in a nice, hot shower. Continue reading “The Face in the Mirror”

A Tale from Arcadia, Revisited

“I wont…Kansas….cold button red venne-mutton.”

Word Salad.

This was how we referred to the speech patterns of the people in the unit who can no longer make meaningful sentences out of words. From 2011 until 2014, I worked in a locked unit for dementia patients who were no longer able to care for themselves. I was thinking about that time in my life, and the people I met in the locked unit, today, especially that words didn’t always come easily to them.  Continue reading “A Tale from Arcadia, Revisited”