Sedona, Arizona

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We’re down in Sedona, Arizona celebrating…well, a bunch of things! Our 25th wedding anniversary, for one. Our daughter’s engagement, for another. We spent the first day on a hike climbing the famous Red Rocks of Sedona. Yesterday, we drove to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. In the snow! Words can barely hint at its haunting beauty. Sedona, Arizona …

A Confused but Big-hearted Lioness

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Last night while wrapping Christmas presents I watched a wild life documentary on TV about an unusual lioness in Africa. As a cub, she must have had imprinting issues with her parents because she adopted an orphaned antelope-type animal (I can’t remember its exact name but it looked like a miniature giraffe). The lioness was convinced she was its mother. …

Big News!

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Besides the gigantic news that my eldest daughter became engaged to a wonderful guy last week…besides the fact that we have gone an entire week without a major mishap with my Dad…besides the fact that my youngest daughter arrived home from her first quarter in college (she’s still sleeping)…besides all of those wondrous events…I signed a contract with an agent …

Learning a New Language

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The funny thing about spending a lot of time with my Dad is that I am learning the language of Alzheimer’s. A verbatim story from a car ride last week: Dad: “So I think, um, we’re trying, um, and, um, we can’t figure out…um, so we go and can’t find her…and, um…,” he said, waving his hands in the air. …

A Chat with Author Eva Etzioni-Halevy

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Eva Etzioni-Halevy is Professor Emeritus of Political Sociology at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and the author of two novels about women in the Bible: THE SONG OF HANNAH (Plume/Penguin, 2005) and THE GARDEN OF RUTH (Plume/Penguin, December 2006). Find out more about Eva at www.evaetzionihalevy.com Q: Eva, your life story is a fascinating one. You were born in Austria before World …

Week 4

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After too much bickering at the dinner table the other night, I said to my middle two kids, “Okay, that’s it! You’re both on duty for a really tough chore tomorrow.” What was it? I made them take my dad (whom the kids call Poppy) to the Thanksgiving service at church. Dad really, really, really wanted to go and, expecting …

The Secret Life of Turkeys

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If you look carefully at this wild turkey, you’ll see that he is favoring one leg. There is a flock of turkeys that roam my street (and yard and trees). A few weeks ago, I noticed that one of the turkeys had a bum knee and hobbled behind the flock. Soon, I presumed, he would be dinner for a coyote …

The Weird and Wacky World of Alzheimer’s

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Even though there are many challenging aspects to spending a lot of time with Dad, and I do mean quite a lot of time, there are funny moments, too. Just this morning, we were at my son’s basketball game and I turned to Dad and said, “Well, you have a busy day ahead.” “Oh, yes!” he agreed, nodding enthusiastically. Then, …