Remembering for the Both of Us through Alzheimer’s

When we think about our stories, we sometimes are tempted to just concentrate on the happy times, the special holidays, or those moments that we all like to commemorate, like graduations and weddings. However, as members of the human race, our stories include hard and sad times as well. As children we talked about all [...]

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Time gets away from us

Today, a potential client of mine died. His granddaughter really wanted to get his story in video form so she, her husband, and their yet-to-be-born children could enjoy Poppy’s wisdom and humor. Her grandfather wanted to wait until he felt stronger from the cancer ravaging his body. He was going to get started just as [...]

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Bringing Ideas to Reality

As I sit here in my lovely home, the memories of all the hard work and chaos are fading a little bit. For years, my husband I talked about painting our house that has the original paint of about 18 years ago. When we bought the house, we inherited the colors and, frankly, poor painting [...]

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Pictures Create a Unique Family Story

Have you ever thought of the possibility that your old family photos would never be valuable to the Ever thought what you kept might not be meaning for someone? Check out this story about a man whose valuables were stolen from his storage shed. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/05/27/civil-war-era-photo-collection-returned-to-rightful-owner-five-years-after-being-stolen/ The kindness of a policeman in Sheriff’s Office of Jefferson [...]

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Enjoy Life with Senior Discounts!

One recent morning as I looked in the mirror, my husband mentioned some of the advantages of growing older. While he had a long list, I thought I would share two with you today. The weather is turning lovely and thoughts of the long days of summer are invading my concentration. So, I wanted to [...]

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Our Strange Family Photos Bring Smiles

Have you ever looked through pictures you have inherited and wondered who the people are frozen for all time? Sometimes these pictures make perfect sense and sometimes we just have to come up with the stories ourselves. Family pictures become more meaningful than those random pictures we might find on the internet or the pictures [...]

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Baby Chicks and Springtime Stories

The flowers are pushing through the brown dirt and the trees are bright with pink and white flowers. The redbuds are showing their deep red as the birds sing merrily. The woodpeckers are busy at work on the pine trees. Afternoon thunderstorms assure us that winter is past and spring has arrived. The temperature will [...]

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Life Lived with Real Purpose

This weekend as I was spending some time waiting for someone, I searched my smart phone and came across this really interesting article on these prisoners in San Quentin State Prison in California, just north of San Francisco. Through a writing program offered there at the prison, inmates were able to write their own obituaries. [...]

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Now, where did I put those keys?

Aging brings many changes—job, family, housing, health—to name just a few. Memory is often our biggest challenge as we look for those keys or struggle to remember why we walked into a room or what had seemed so essential at the store. Let’s look at some possible reasons we find our memories not as sharp [...]

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Diary Treaures

The art of regularly keeping a diary is rare. Most of us write entries for a while during a momentous time in our lives, both good and tragic. My grandfather died decades ago and his belongings included a slender diary with 1918 embossed in gold on the front cover. Milton grew up to work with [...]

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