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Family


He is big, and cheerfully greets me with a “Hi, Aunt Anne.” Big as his brother was big. His brother’s a cop for a borough that wears black uniforms and the last time I saw him was at his grandmother’s … Continue reading

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On Being Loaded


As a society we maintain a fiction that electric wheelchairs enable people with disabilities to be independent.  The fact is that people with disabilities no longer have anyone upon whom they can depend to push their wheelchairs; that’s why we … Continue reading

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Wheelchair Christmas


For decades, my Christmas was like other people’s:  I went home.  Every Christmas I would drive down Route 81 to be with my parents in Pennsylvania.  I took my antidepressants, not knowing that they were the cause of my continuing … Continue reading

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One Angel and a “Fear Not”


            For all you people out there who are busy hating Christmas, which means you are hating Christmas but feeling too guilty and ashamed to admit that’s how you feel.             And for all you people out there who are … Continue reading

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The Greater Gods and Goddesses


I woke up around 6:30 a.m.—which is normal for me—then did a little work on the computer until my new aide arrived for her second day at work.  She totally botched the coffee but I was very forgiving and told … Continue reading

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The Only Option


This is the iced tea I’ve been drinking all my life and Hospice plans to take it away from me.  What Hospice will do is discontinue Amelia, who knows how I like my iced tea, and replace her with their … Continue reading

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It’s About the Iced Tea


I do hope, dear reader, that you understand that I’m not writing these blogs to draw attention to myself.  The goal is to inform you about end-of-life issues:  how do you decide when your life is over?  What do you … Continue reading

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Buying the Farm


I was dreaming that I was back on the farm but it wasn’t farming anymore, it was more an assisted living or skilled nursing home, and my parents—who are deceased—were coming to visit.  Everything was so clean and fresh, and … Continue reading

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The Hospice Referral


So Dr. Tucker and I talk of kidney failure, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, and depression, then he says, “But your blog . . .”  Ah, yes.  My blogs.  I explain to him that writing my blogs is the only thing I … Continue reading

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The Family Way of Dying


Grandma and Grandpa owned the farm that had been on family ground since forever, or slightly before.  One of their son’s and his wife and family also lived on the farm.  Sometime after Grandpa died, Grandma made Uncle Dick the … Continue reading

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