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The Alien in Our House


My husband has dyslexia, so he’s never been a reader. He peruses the newspaper (yes, we still get a daily paper) and if he reads anything, it’s an article in the business section. My husband doesn’t like to swim. He grew up in a house with a pool, was certified as a diver, was even a lifeguard, but has always told me he doesn’t like to swim. Over the years I’ve seen him lounge in ... Read More »

In Six Words, What’s Your Happy Ending?


I recently read a great article on NPR, Editing Your Life’s Stories Can Create Happier Endings. The article offers great tips to help you through the leftover shame or bitterness or grief of your life’s traumatic events. By working through the experiences of your past, you can give yourself a better ending; rather than succumbing to a situation, you can now find the perspective that helps you overcome it. Fascinating. Let’s give ourselves a happier ... Read More »

Tell Us: What’s Your Advice to Yourself?


As I reflect, I think of 2013 as the year of the ups and downs. I had huge tumbles, taking really big falls. And, then I had huge highs, enjoying amazing moments. With reflection comes lessons learned and a hope for better. In 2014, I want to achieve a more even stride. My advice to myself to hit that steady pace is: Put your needs first because that’s the only way you can be truly ... Read More »

Caregiving Happiness Project: January Action


Happy New Year! We begin again. So, for our Caregiving Happiness Project, let’s focus on beginnings. Our action word is begin. This month, how will you begin? Please share the actions you’ll take this month (If you’re a member of, be sure to join our Happiness Project group so you can keep us posted on your commitments.) Related Articles Caregiving Happiness Project: December Action ( Tell Us: Has Caregiving Cost You Your Job? ( ... Read More »

17 Reasons Why Caregiving Makes You Awesome


Caregiving can make you weary and, well, crabby. It also makes you awesome. And, I’ve got 17 reasons why caregiving makes you awesome. 1. You’re a best friend. Because of your caregiving responsibilities, you’ve lost some friends which means you know how to be a great one. You support and encourage and you stick by a friend when a friend needs one most. Your friends are very lucky to have you. 2. You are open ... Read More »

The Juggling Caregiver


Announcer’s Voice: Ladies and gentlemen! Today we bring you one of the most daring feats known to mankind.  We have with us a woman, measuring in at 5’ 1 1/2” who is going to try to dazzle you with her juggling, and not just any juggling! She is going to try to juggle two men! Yes, you heard that right! Previously, she has attempted juggling two men and a boy with less than impressive results, ... Read More »

Easy Breezy Summertime


I’m experiencing a unique time in my life. For the first time in over six years, there is no immediate, pressing, red-letter emergency brewing. I haven’t been to the Emergency Room in months. No one is in the hospital. No rushed trips home, only a few urgent phone calls. It’s been weird. Mind you, I remain as busy as ever. Mom is still a dementia patient residing full time in an Alzheimer’s facility. Mom readily ... Read More »

The Heart of a Caregiver


(Today, we welcome Teresa to our blogging team. You can connect with her at her profile: @teresatalk.) I got a most welcome phone call today. For once, it wasn’t from one of my husband’s health care providers, but was from my pulmonary specialist. During my yearly exam I mentioned being tired so much and wondered if it was related to my oxygen issues. My thyroid checked out alright, so is this what old age feels ... Read More »

Happiness Project: May Action


This month for our Caregiving Happiness Project, let’s receive. I’m going to receive abundance in all forms. This month, how will you receive? Please share your goals about receiving in our comments section, below. And, keep us posted throughout the month in our Happiness Project group. (Would you like to join our Happiness Project, now in its third year? We’d love to have you! Just complete this quick survey and then join our group here. ... Read More »

Happiness Project: March Action


This month, for our Caregiving Happiness Project, let’s simplify. For me, I’m going to simplify my days by believing I make good choices. I make my days harder by questioning my decisions. This month, how will you simplify? Please share your goals about simplifying in our comments section, below. And, keep us posted throughout the month in our Happiness Project group. (Would you like to join our Happiness Project, now in its third year? We’d ... Read More »

Activities To Help Your Children And Your Caree Interact With Each Other


Quick!  What do these things have in common: photos, music, and a video camera? They are all things that can be used to encourage positive interactions between your children and your caree. These suggestions can be used by anyone, not just a child and caree. Even if you don’t have children, you might enjoy them! A couple of weeks ago, I participated in a chat here on and offered suggestions to one member who ... Read More »

Caregiving Oscars


In honor of the 85th Academy Awards broadcasting tonight, I decided to come up with some awards of my own. The Oscars of Caregiving. There are many categories, so many great winners anticipated… and don’t the nominees all look lovely in their evening finest as they walk the purple carpet. Best Director, Producer, Writer: @Denise. This was the one category which was relatively easy to award.  I’m still of the impression that there are actually ... Read More »

Happiness Project: February


This month, for our Caregiving Happiness Project, let’s break. For me, I’m going to break through my blocks and get to the other side. This month, how will you break? Please share your goals about breaking in our comments section, below. And, keep us posted throughout the month in our Happiness Project group. (Would you like to join our Happiness Project, now in its third year? We’d love to have you! Just complete this quick ... Read More »

Webinar Follow-Up: How Will You Make the Most of Your Time?


Our free webinar, Managing Your Time During Your Day and Your Life, took place yesterday. During the webinar, I shared tips on how to better use the time during your day and how to find time in your life for your life-long dreams. (Miss the webinar? No worries? You can enjoy the archive here.) So, I’d love to know: How will you make the most of your time? What will you stop doing during your day and what ... Read More »

Get Together


In November, I thought about inviting our support group over for a get together during the holidays.  A quick look at the calendar made me realize I didn’t want to tackle that in December with all of the other commitments, so I suggested to Steve that we invite the group over on the first day of the year we weren’t meeting.  I decided to have people over so that they wouldn’t have to drive in ... Read More »

Happiness Project: January


We enter January, the first month of our new year. It’s a month of beginnings. This month, for our Caregiving Happiness Project, let’s focus. Let’s put our focus at the start of the year on what we want for the year. When you focus on what you want and need, you let go of what you don’t want or need. For me, I’m going to focus on what’s going well. This month, on what will ... Read More »

Unexpected Gifts


Sometimes we are handed unexpected gifts and if we aren’t observant, we miss them.  Earlier this month, Steve had an appointment with his neurologist.  His goal was to get 100% on his tests.  There really isn’t such a thing as 100% on the tests, but it was a good goal. The next day, Steve was disappointed in how he did on the cognitive testing.  Steve did his best on the tests and found them to ... Read More »

Perfect Imperfection


I’m so sorry I’m late! I’ve been trying to get to the party all week. I brought cookies!  We have Spritz butter trees, peanut butter balls and cream cheese wreaths.  I hope you enjoy them. But you see, there are seven more types of cookies I haven’t made.  Yes, I’ve made two batches of trees, one batch of peanut butter balls, and four batches of wreaths, but none of the seven other types.  However, I ... Read More »

Can We Unlearn Unhappiness?


Yesterday, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, author of Bad Apple and a youth caregiver for her mom, joined me on Your Caregiving Journey. We continued our conversation about the importance of telling your caregiving story and understanding your choice during caregiving. You can listen to our show via the player below. Kristi began caring for her mom when she was just eight but didn’t tell her caregiving story until more than thirty years later and long after ... Read More »

Happiness Project: December Action


We enter December, the last month of our year. It’s a month of celebrations, rituals and traditions. This month, for our Caregiving Happiness Project, let’s make. I spoke with a colleague last night who spoke about her tradition of making Christmas cookies. It sounded like so much fun! So, this month, I’m going to make Christmas cookies with my niece, Elizabeth. This month, what will you make?Please share your actions for our Caregiving Happiness Project ... Read More »

Happiness Project: November


Hard to believe we’re heading into the final two months of the year. We spent October “doing”–I hope you did what you intended. In November, our word is…. Take. As we begin the season of giving, we’ll actually focus on taking. Sounds odd but let’s see what happens if we put the spin on giving in order to take. For me, I’m going to: 1. Take time to enjoy what’s important. What will you take? ... Read More »

How Anger Steals Your Happiness


Yesterday, on Your Caregiving Journey, Elizabeth Lombardo, our happiness expert, joined me to discuss the impact of our anger on our moments of happiness. You can listen to our show via the player below. During our show, Elizabeth reminded us that anger is a normal emotion.It’s also an emotion that typically stems from another feeling we have. Often, our feelings of helplessness lead us to our feelings of anger. We spoke about importance of managing ... Read More »