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Old and Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem in Nursing Homes
December 8th, 2014 @ 10:50 am

This just makes me want to scream and cry. There’s a whole story today at NPR about how nursing homes are illegally — literally criminally — over-medicating patients with the exact same drug that killed mom. Check it out: Old and Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem in Nursing Homes And I can’t get anyone at […]

Jackie’s Goodbye

November 10th, 2014 @ 10:05 am

On this date in 1961, the satirical anti-war novel Catch-22 by Joseph Heller was published. “He would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to […]

The Twelve Days of Halloween
October 31st, 2014 @ 9:03 am

I’m sure we weren’t the only family that did this, of course, but our “Twelve Days of Halloween” song was very special to us. My sister and I loved singing this with mom every year. I’ve got no way to determine exactly the date, but one year mom transcribed the lyrics. Judging by the handwriting, […]

Happy Birthday
September 22nd, 2014 @ 9:34 am

I had to use Skype today for a work conference call and was surprised when it showed me I had a message waiting from mom. It was a friendly reminder that today is her birthday, which I already knew, of course. It also showed my log of Skype communications with her. There was only one. […]

September 5th, 2014 @ 6:57 am

On the radio this morning I heard an interview with a man who had lost his son. He is a poet and he wrote an epic poem about his grief. He read part of the poem on the radio and I really liked it, so I wanted to post it here.

Order to Show Cause
August 16th, 2014 @ 8:19 am

So … out of the blue I received an “Order to Show Cause” from the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court of Volusia County’s Probate Division. The document states that, “nothing has been filed to adequately respond to the Court’s Order dated 6/03/2014.” I have no idea what that Court Order could have been; I never received […]

Sail On, Silver Girl
August 12th, 2014 @ 1:02 pm

Today is the second anniversary of mom’s death. I feel simultaneously like it was just yesterday and like it was a million years ago. I miss her every single day. I still cannot believe that she is gone and just how little the universe seems to care. She was — more than anything else — […]

String Beans and Beets
August 4th, 2014 @ 7:18 am

One of the those odd things I distinctly remember from my childhood is frequently being forced to eat string beans and beets. I have no idea why mom made those vegetables as a side for us so often, since my sister and I both hated them. And cold, too! I used to hate that salad. […]

Goldstein, Schmitt & Cambron, PL
June 30th, 2014 @ 11:04 am

Just on a lark I called the law offices of Goldstein, Schmitt & Cambron, PL this morning. They have omnipresent billboards imploring drivers to contact them to help with wrongful death lawsuits, and their web address is, so I thought it might be worth a try. The woman who answered the phone was very […]