Evanescent Moments

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Evanescence is a great word. For you wordinastas out there, it means “fading from sight, vanishing.” Every single day, I have had at least one evanescent moment with my dad, in which he is lucid and clearly himself. It fades away quickly, but… I caught it! In fact, now I’m looking for them, kind of like markers, to remind me …

Phase 7!

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Yup! Good ol’ Brent is in Phase 7! I’m holding my breath. (My second Guide Dog for the Blind pup, Galena, made it through all ten phases…then was dropped. So…as the saying goes, “it ain’t over till it’s over!) And another piece of good news: I received a second review for Copper Star from a reviewing site that granted it …

Wrapping Up Week 2. Sigh.

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This afternoon, my Dad blew up at me. I’m starting to get used to it…he gets upset with me once or twice a day, usually because I’ve asked him to do something that he doesn’t want to do, say, for example, buckle his seatbelt. He was furious with me this afternoon and became very rude, yelling at me in the …

My Cool Factor is Diminishing

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As Week One wraps up of the Parents-Across-the-Street scenario, I can’t deny that it is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Might be the best thing, too. Hardest and best, all at once. On Saturday night, I dropped over to say goodnight and both of my folks were sitting in the den, watching Lawrence Welk on the television. Dad seemed …

The First Week Continues…

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Having my parents across the street is turning out to be harder than I thought. Better than I thought, too. Really, it’s both. Dad’s dementia is very draining. He’s like an active preschooler. And yet…and yet…there are sweet moments, too. I took Dad to the grocery store again, and we stopped at the Starbucks line for a coffee. “Here. Today …

The "Mom-and-Dad-Across-the-Street" Scenario

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So the move into the house across the street on October 31st went quite smoothly, thanks to a lot of helpers. Day 1 went pretty well! Dad popped over every few hours, but I didn’t mind that. Whatever problem he is dealing with is an emergency, in his mind, and has to be dealt with right away. He comes right …

Phase 5!!!

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Brent, shown here as an 8-week-old pup, is now in Phase 5 (out of 10) in his formal training to become a Guide Dog!!! Still a ways to go…but, nonetheless, he is moving toward the goal!

Yahoo!

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A few weeks ago, ARC’s (Advanced Reader Copies) of Copper Star were sent out to reviewers. Now this is a very uncomfortable “wait” for a new author. Not unlike a standing-in-front-of-the-world-in-your-underwear-kind-of-feeling (not that I have done that or ever plan to). Anyway, yesterday, the first review came in from Roundtable Review. It’s a beautifully written review (and I’m not just …