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Teri’s dad, Don has a certain way around small kids. Whenever a toddler or baby was crying, no matter where we were, Don could take the baby up in his arms and within a matter of minutes, the baby was quiet and usually asleep. I asked Teri about it once because she had that same [...]

I’ve been feeling this song by Brad Paisley for about 6 months for many reasons, even when Teri was here, but really wasn’t. It’s sung by a widower, at least in the performance to his lost wife. As always, if these posts provide relief, can help you or others, please share, Its the only way [...]

I’ve been blessed with a lot of emails and comments over the last few weeks for some reason. People who are going through struggles, or heroic caregivers must be some of the deepest, most painfully honest people I have ever known. As always, if these posts help you or can help others, please share. There’s [...]

One of the most important blessings was a book I discovered right after Teri “Stepped on Heaven’s Shore” The book is called “The Color of Rain” How two families found Faith, Hope and Love in the midst of Tragedy. Specifically cancer. In my case, especially the chapters 19 and 21 were almost identical to what [...]

This picture was taken a LONG time ago, but in a testament to family and friends, most of these people made it to the hospice from everywhere to see Teri off! As always, if these posts help you or can help others, please share. There’s never any ads and it’s the only way I know [...]

Fallin’ is a many splendored thing. I still remember the first time I saw Teri. She was in a room that spanned the mens/women’s dorms. She was sitting on the window sill with her feet on the heat register. In what is an impossible coincidence, the picture that Debbie sent with me jumping? I believe [...]

New: Please leave a comment below! You’re probably saying, there’s no way someone can link pregnancy with mangos and bananas. When you’ve been a caregiver for awhile, a single parent and a survivor, you can do damn near anything, so here goes, you can tell me if I pulled it off or not! When women [...]

Please leave your comment below Disney came out with the Lion King when Kirsten was just 5 years old. One of the highlights of the movie was the idea of the “Circle of Life” With my satirical mind, I thought of it more like the Circle of Death. There’s a scene in there where all [...]

We welcome you to leave your comments and thoughts at the end of this post! First, I have to say, I literally laugh EVERY single time I see Lloyd Bridges in this shot from Airplane. I try to imagine if he was upside down when they took the pic, or if it was hair gel [...]

Don’t even care if anyone will ever see this, but I have to write this somewhere. I REALLY miss my girl as Christmas gets closer. I keep all of my posts professional, but can’t right now. There’s nobody to put up all the Christmas decorations, nobody to spend 10 hours putting up stuff that nobody [...]