Archive for the 'Care Giving' Category


The Blessings of Cancer

My intent was pure, but my chest was tight. I really wanted this.  As each member of the group entered the room I introduced myself and I was welcomed with hearty handshakes, but I also noticed the sideways glances. I was welcome, but not one of them. This was a group of cancer fighters, a group of men who shared
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Caregiving in a Nutshell

My definition of caregiving: I will never be able to explain how, but I can always tell you why. Tweet

I cannot.

The last few days have taught me that happiness is optional if you stand for what is right. I cannot be a happy liar. I cannot. Tweet


Charlie Brown Goes to the Opera

Ain’t life grand? With just a few button pushes, we can listen to music, read the headlines, or communicate across the world, but in spite of these modern     miracles, technology still struggles to express the very nuances that make us human. Very recently, I posted on Facebook that I purchased tickets to a Broadway show coming to town,
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Why Men Run

A Man’s Definition of Caregiving: where every man’s greatest fears of failure are confirmed on a daily basis. If given the right training and appropriate gear, I could stroll the surface of Mars.  In fact, I could walk into a suicide mission if I was convinced that my sacrifice would weaken the enemy and save innocent lives. In short, if
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Ho, ho, ho, and happy new year

Holidays bring stress. That’s a fact, at least in my family. But we’re a battle-tested group, small but mighty, combat-proven over the last four years of war against cancer. But the holidays seem to always know our weaknesses. This year it was my weakness that was exploited. After not being under the weather for four years, I was finally felled
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I Was Honored to Be A Guest!

This morning I was a guest of Denise Brown of on her weekly radio show called Table Talk. It was wonderful to speak to someone with such a depth of caregiving experience!  The show is here. Related articles How Do You Adjust to the Reality of Caregiving? Managing Your Caregiving Fears Tweet


Guessing, Like the Weather

Things are quiet tonight, but not “normal”. “Normal” is not the right word to describe us, perhaps “status quo” is better; things are “status quo”, but never “normal”. In the last two months, we have survived two “Death Rehearsals”, a pair of medical emergencies that presented like “the end”, but were simply all-encompassing-energy-sucking practice sessions. Yeah, like we needed them.
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My One Hundredth Post

Bob, We have completed review of your submission, and I am very happy to officially accept you into Lindenwood University’s MFA in Writing Program. Your sample shows both a sincerity and an intensity in your writing, and I am confident that you’ll be a wonderful addition to our program… I made it. Tweet



  Tonight, while eating a can of cold baked beans over the kitchen sink, I was reminded that this is the holiday season, a time of thanks and feasting, perhaps not always in that order. I am very grateful for my beans. I eat them cold so my wife, who is bed-ridden in the front room, cannot smell food being
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