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Alzheimer's Volunteers Make a Big Difference. Maine Chapter, Alzheimer's Association Says Thank You

Alzheimer's Volunteers Make a Big Difference. Maine Chapter, Alzheimer's Association Says Thank You

On Saturday I attended a volunteer recognition reception hosted by the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter. It was an enlightening afternoon.

As you may know, my mother has Alzheimer's disease. Even though our family is fortunate to have each other and the help of professional caregivers, I often feel overwhelmed — with worry, sadness, responsibilities ...

Taking Time Out From a Busy Schedule

Taking Time Out From a Busy Schedule

For the past three months I’ve been taking some courses at the University of Southern Maine. It has been a wonderful, wonderful experience and the beginning of a journey that I expect will take several years. 

One of the things I’ve already learned is that I may only be able to take one course a semester because right now I’m also committed to my work — writing Catching Health, among other things. Taking two classes, one that meets all day long every Monday and another that meets every Tuesday and Thursday morning, has messed up my normal routine. So … what do you suppose I’ve given up these past three months?  Read more ...

Trick or Treat and a Halloween Candy Confession

Trick or Treat and a Halloween Candy Confession

There was a time when the neighborhood kids did not get Halloween candy from the Atwood family. Instead, we handed out granola bars because we thought it was a healthier choice. We weren't the favorite house in the neighborhood. Fran Evans down the road beat out everyone. She made cupcakes from scratch and put each child from the neighborhood's name on top. My daughters still remember those cupcakes with great fondness. Read more ...