On Turning 50

50. 50 years. 50 years old. What a kick! I’m still kicking. I woke up Saturday to the smell of cake baking in the oven. My mom was making her magical German Chocolate Cake for my birthday–in her kitchen that was in the middle of a major renovation. German Chocolate Cakes have been a yearly […]

Happy 5th Blogiversary!!!!

An important anniversary slipped by last month, but it is not too late to celebrate! It’s the anniversary of Searching for EMWA! While I technically started blogging on Caring Bridge in December 2011 to update family and friends outside of New Orleans (where Terry and I were living at the time of my diagnosis) and I […]

On Losing My Moorings…

Some of my earliest memories include sailing on my Aunt Lois and Uncle Ron’s boat on Lake Saint Clair, which lies between Michigan and Canada. It was always an adventure to be out on the water and with AL & UR always giving Barb and I responsibilities and opportunities to learn, my memories are active ones […]

My Sister is Back in the Center Ring

  A couple of years ago, I shared an Op Ed from the LA Times by Susan Silk and Barry Goldwater about Caregiving and this idea of the Ring Theory. Basically, when there is a crisis, the person who is experiencing the trauma is at the center, while everyone else is in rings around the person. Comfort […]

Vroom! Vroom!

Cars. Born in the Motor City. Transportation. Independence. Way of Life. Family traditions. If you are from Michigan–and definitely from the metropolitan Detroit area–you have car stories. Cars aren’t just transportation, they are a part of your identity and that of your family’s 20th century history. Learning to drive is a right of passage (for both […]

Feeling That I Am Using Fred Flintstone Brakes to Stop Life From Spiraling Out of Control

4 months ago, my beautiful grandmother was dying and the world as I knew it was slowly beginning to unravel.  I started a blog piece shortly after her death on April 19th about her being a constant force in my life, but have not completed it; however, the idea of this ‘constant’ in my life […]