Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanks Are Given.

It truly has been a tough year, but it is almost over. Odd numbered years have mostly always been kinder to me. Why, I don't know. Here is looking ahead to '11.
I am thankful that I still have a job, I still have a roof over my head and I still have my health. They say...if you don't have your health, then you really have nothing.
I am most thankful for having family and friends that I could call on if needed. I rarely call on anyone (that is just my nature), but it is nice to know that there are a few people out there that would take my call.
Just today, one of my oldest friends called to invite me to Thanksgiving dinner with his family. I know he knew that this was the first Thanksgiving that I would be alone.
I declined (as I had already prepared provisions), but I was really touched by his offer.
I am thankful that you all are there.

Monday, November 22, 2010

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Face of Dementia.

George "Sparky" Anderson passed away today at the age of 76. The cause of death was the same as my mother's: Dementia.

In all three stages of dementia, one gradually loses the ability to think and remember. They often ask where they are or who you are. At times my mother would ask me if I was her husband or her father. I would calmly reply that I was her son.
Finally, near the end, the reflex to chew and swallow will leave them. This was the case with my mother.
The one thing that keeps me thinking that there is a higher power is that, even though her short term memory was almost nil, her long term memory was as clear as a bell. I could put on a you tube video of Glenn Miller and she could tell me the name of the song and the artist. What an even more horrible disease dementia would be, if the short term and long term memory capabilities were reversed!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


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