The Shalom of Nature

“For you will go out with joy, and be led forth with peace; The Mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”  Isaiah 55:12   As the National Parks are celebrated this year, I think of the many visits […]

When is Medical Intervention Too Much?

“…we have allowed our fates to be controlled by the imperatives of medicine, technology and strangers.” Atul Gawande – Author of “Being Mortal” For most of us, a referral to a medical or surgical specialist can be a lifesaver. But for my 91 year old mother with Alzheimer’s disease, there are always additional issues to […]

Dignity, Compassion, and Taking Time to Care

“God does not command that we do great things, only little things with great love.” Mother Theresa I have a friend who spent quite a bit of time in convalescent homes last year. She shared many stories, but one especially has left a vivid picture in my mind. It was her shower experience. She was […]

Chronic Fatigue

“I am going to argue that the problem with the diet and health of most Americans is wheat—or what we are being sold that is called ‘wheat.’”  William Davis, Cardiologist and Author of “Wheat Belly” “Oh Dear … I’m so tired.” This was my mother’s mantra for years before she and my dad moved in […]

Silence Is Golden

“We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature, (trees, flowers, grass) grows in silence. See the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.” Mother Theresa It is […]

Mealtime is Like a Box of Chocolates…You Never Know What You’re Gonna Get!

“Alzheimer’s Disease and eating challenges often go hand in hand.” Mayo Clinic- Healthy Lifestyles As I’m cleaning up the kitchen one morning, I hear our caregiver encouraging my Mom to finish her meal. “Come on Miss Penny, eat your oatmeal…you’re just playing with it.” Mom had carefully taken several of the dried cranberries out of […]