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Aug06

This Man – Series of Poems

Posted on Aug 6

This Man Brings me hot tea with honey and milk Soothing my worries before bed. Takes my face in his hands Reassures me of his unending love for me, for us. Kisses me gently as a seal of his promise he has kept for more than a quarter century. This man Massages my restless legs Lulling my mind to dreamland Covers my bare shoulders with our shared blanket. In moments of desperation and exasperation This Man Asks if maybe I need the meds again. Maybe I need to . . . . Speechless we are both. Tears speak more voluminously than any word. And Then This Man Takes me into his arms and Holds me, holding my grief with me. ### This Man Says, “Let’s take a ride” Three days of rain colored me as grey as the sky capping our valley. We drive the valley, Capturing photos of the Moments we relish each time we sit on the porch. This Man Stops every time I say Stop, even when it is ten feet at a time. Points out...

Aug06

Bearing Witness

Posted on Aug 6

Fifteen months apart, I bore witness to two Fathers’ deaths. Each Father Loved unconditionally Fretted about their children’s happiness Made mistakes Made amends Worked earnestly and fervently for their family, their community, and their country Honored their wives for their entire marriage Respect those who earned it Donated to causes they believed worthy Gave generously of knowledge, wisdom, experience, and insight Each Father Knew departure was within days and hours Was surrounded by family, by love Said all that was needed to say to each soul sharing the room Accepted our love and our final words as their final gifts from here Each Father, In the last hours of the last days, In the final words, Said to me, I love you. Each Father Accepted death as God’s Will and God’s Plan. Accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Ascended into the Kingdom of Heaven Was brought to God by their beloved. Was fully restored and Became an angel of God. This I know. Share...

Aug06

My Playlist from Dad’s Final 26 Days – The Songs with Words – Part 2

Posted on Aug 6

As I stated in my earlier post: During Dad’s 26 days and nights in the hospital, I listened to particular songs depending on what I needed. The music helped close out the hospital noises, helped me calm my breathing and anxiety, and it gave me a place for my emotions to connect and feel safe. This music transcended me at times. It felt as though I was talking to Dad in some of the songs, giving words to emotions that were so strong, I wasn’t sure I could survive the pain. Some of the songs were significant in their melodic tone, some were because of the specific lyrics, and some, because they allowed my tears to flow more easily. And some were my simple prayers to God, pleading for Him to heal Dad. Some of us connect through words, some through deeds and others through music. In my pain, when I couldn’t find my words, these songs found them for me. I probably should have researched what each of these songs meant to the songwriters, but at the time...

Aug01

My Play List During Dad’s Final 26 Days – Part 1 – The Instrumentals

Posted on Aug 1

PART 1 – The Instrumentals During Dad’s 26 days and nights in the hospital, I listened to particular songs depending on what I needed. The music helped close out the hospital noises, helped me calm my breathing and anxiety, and it gave me a place for my emotions to connect and feel safe. This music transcended me at times. It felt as though I was talking to Dad in some of the songs, giving words to emotions that were so strong, I wasn’t sure I could survive the pain. Some of the songs were significant in their melodic tone, some were because of the specific lyrics, and some, because they allowed my tears to flow more easily. And some were my simple prayers to God, pleading for Him to heal Dad. Some of us connect through words, some through deeds and others through music. In my pain, when I couldn’t find my words, these songs found them for me. I probably should have researched what each of these songs meant to the songwriters, but at the time I was...

Jul24

Dad and Me, Ten Years Later

Posted on Jul 24

I wrote the following piece for Dad for Father’s Day, 2006. I found it in his files the week before this past Father’s Day among other pieces I had written. I didn’t have the courage to post it until today. Dad And Me June 18, 2006 – Father’s Day I am very fortunate to have two loving parents who provided me with a ‘normal’ upbringing. Some of the threads that, together, form my ‘fabric,’ include my childhood memories. On this Father’s Day, I thought you might want to see what I saw and what I remember of you and me. You were a corporate executive, working six days a week for 30 years. So while the hours that I saw you were more limited than those with mom, I still hold many glimpses of my childhood (and adulthood) like photographs of our relationship. Memories from Texas: – I wasn’t more than five years old. You came home from work; I ran up to you, quite pleased with myself, announcing, “Dad! I learned a new word today!” You were putting...

Jun13

I Found a Tick, Now What?

Posted on Jun 13

This is a good item to file away and hold onto so that when you find a tick embedded, you will know your options: This article is by Kathy Meyer – I was asked to re-post this by a friend due to the numbers of people getting tick bites. It can also be found easily, thanks to Catherine Fox, at https://lifelovelyme.com/2016/03/28/guest-post-what-to-do-if-you-find-a-tick/ –Kathy Meyer INFORMATION ON TICK BITES “…The physician cannot rely on a laboratory test or clinical finding at the time of the bite to definitely rule in or rule out Lyme Disease infection, so must use clinical judgment as to whether to use antibiotic prophylaxis. Testing the tick itself for the presence of the spirochete, even with PCR technology, is helpful but not 100% reliable. An established infection by B. burgdorferi [the bacteria that causes Lyme] can have serious, long-standing, or permanent, and painful medical consequences, and be expensive to treat. Since the likelihood of harm arising from prophylactically applied anti-spirochetal antibiotics [taking antibiotics to kill potential infection] is low, and since treatment is inexpensive and painless, it...

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