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BACK FROM BRITAIN:THE CARE PARTNER

For what seemed like an eternity I was "locked up" in England, not in the Tower of London with the Ravens, but in my Mum's new world. A world of severe physical illness, disability and the insidious loss of short term memory. After several…
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A LETTER FROM BRITAIN: DIGNITY IN DEMENTIA

Once again I am writing this blog from across the pond. A second Letter from Britain. This week's post will be brief. For those of you who read my blog last week on the subject of "denial", you will know that my Mother ("Mum") has been in…
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A LETTER FROM BRITAIN: DENIAL

I'm staying in England for a few weeks with the intention of helping my 94 year old  "Mum" to transition from a lengthy stay in hospital back to her own home. Sadly, this is the second time this year that my Mother has been through this…
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THE LONG GOODBYE: THE REAL RONALD REAGAN LEGACY!

In these months of seemingly endless political debate, speeches delivered in a strident manner, talking heads on TV and polarized sound bites aplenty, I have been drawn to matters more personal and certainly less fashionable, and garnering…
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FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC

“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” ― Maria Augusta von Trapp A few weeks ago I wrote a post entitled "Someone I Once Knew" and introduced a Connections Club member who for confidentiality reasons…
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THE IMPOSSIBLE WAS POSSIBLE!

NOTE: DUE TO A TECHNICAL PROBLEM ON THE WEBSITE, LAST WEEKS POST ENTITLED "DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE" DID NOT AUTOMATICALLY SEND TO MY AMAZING FOLLOWERS. IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY READ THE LAST POST PLEASE DO SO BEFORE READING THIS NEW ONE! THANK…
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DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE

    Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. Quotation attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. When we arrive at the Connections Club on a Thursday morning we, the volunteers,…
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THERAPY DOGS

Before I am quizzed with emails and phone calls, the puppy belongs to my nephew Damian over in England. His name is "Hugo" and he is a Hungarian Vizsla. They are great family dogs. At a recent Connections Club we focussed on family reunions.…
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PAT SUMMITT-LIFE COACH

Pat said: "You Win In Life With People" and "You can't always control what happens, but you can control how you handle it." So much has been written these past few days, and rightly so, about the life and passing of a Coaching Legend. She…
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CHILDREN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Children can, and do, make a difference to the lives of many. This was clearly evidenced yesterday when two children (Brody aged almost nine (!) and his sister Connor aged seven) spent the morning helping our Program Director Melissa…