magic of october

The Magic of October: Celebrating My Maternal Legacy


There’s just something special about October. It’s a magical time, filled with pumpkins and make-believe and the birthdays of both my mother and maternal grandmother.  Today, my grandmother is 89 years old.  Sarah Bessey’s recent blog post, “October’s Lady,” reminded me of my stubborn, generous, resourceful grandma: October feels like a woman who knows her age …

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Her Greatest Adventure: Remembering My Mother’s Death


Exactly one year ago today, I walked into my mother’s room in the nursing home, carrying a cookies and cream milkshake (I was pregnant, after all), and found her finally at peace. First Anniversary of My Mother’s Death Even after 4 days of waiting and watching her body fail, finding her actually dead was a shock.  I …

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turning thirty

30 Reasons I’m Thankful to Be Turning Thirty


I have to admit, turning thirty is a little scary, especially when your mother had symptoms of Alzheimer’s before she turned fifty.  My husband noted that I am “advancing in age” in an otherwise very sweet birthday letter. But, turning thirty is a little bit exciting, too, because I’m celebrating the start of a beautiful, new chapter in this great adventure.  As my …

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Brain Food: Spring Clean Your Diet


I’m wrapping up National Nutrition Month (March) with a brain food post that is several years in the making.  My relationship with food and health shifted dramatically following my mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Disclaimer:  I am not a medical doctor and cannot give medical advice.  I am simply a health enthusiast, sharing what I have learned …

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