Families

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 ...

When You Have Alzheimer's, Getting Your Hair Washed Can Take on a Whole New Meaning

When You Have Alzheimer's, Getting Your Hair Washed Can Take on a Whole New Meaning

As far back as I can remember, my mother always curled her hair. Way back, it was pin curls. Who remembers pin curls? Then she switched to rollers. Before she went anywhere, she had to "put her hair up." 

About 10 years ago, she decided she was tired of the hassle and proclaimed that she was no longer going to curl her hair. From then on, we'd have to get used to her with straight hair. We did, and she enjoyed all the extra time she suddenly had. Read more ...