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Tango’s Turn: Hanging in There

When Grandma Alice was in the apartment I kept busy all day, protecting her. I was a paragon, a perfect 4-legged granny nanny. I slept under her walker and by her bed. I followed her to the bathroom and shower to make sure she stayed safe. One night she got up and headed to the…

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Alexa Behave!

Both elderly parents still live in the rehab center. I am camped out in their apartment, and I will confess to enjoying the quietude – nothing but the sound of urban traffic speeding by and the hum of hundreds of air conditioners. It is not the quiet of my little campground near Yellowstone; however, compared…

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Magical Thinking

As children, many of us had imaginary BFFs. As adults, we take the game to a new level with magical thinking. In the broad sense, magical thinking occurs when we believe that our thoughts extend into and/or can change the external world. Praying for rain, for example. I have also seen magical thinking applied to…

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Sand Run Metro Park

Tango and I walked a portion of the Buckeye Trail this morning as it winds through Sand Run Metro Park in the Cuyahoga River Valley (Akron, OH), not far from where Mom lives. Several old, heavily shaded trails and a newer jogging run through the park. Sand Run brings back memories! As kids, we loved to visit…

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High Plains Green

Each year, Pantone selects a Color of the Year. This year the chosen one: Greenery, Pantone 15-0343.   Pantone descirbes Greenery in this way: “A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings. Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.…

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From Kablooey to Repose

I remember intense, illogical youthful emotions – even a lost sock could send me or a friend into a tizzy. A poor grade in college, an indifferent boyfriend, a disruption in nightly plans, a lost textbook – all major life crises with the power to detonate a mighty, peace-destroying, self-deflating missile. I was never one to…

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Tango Bo Jangle

The end of a long, arduous week! Travel 1850 miles Settle in with mom Cook meals, help with other stuff Adjust to time zone two hours later, which has affected my sleep schedule Adapt to big city driving in a small car: to and from hospital and grocery store Adapt to a different way of…