Saturday poem: Friendship

Friendship Weekends full of friends Friendship filling the hallways With laughter love and kinship That outweighs forgetfulness Photographs of days gone by Of children all grown up Nappies teething rings and toddlers Transformed by the years Into brilliant young men and women Fulfilling their own dreams and spaces Reminding us we are getting old Laughter transforming…

Saturday poem: Facing fear

Fear hiding inside our heart Facing us to look within To search for new ways of being Fear instilled its ugly self Right back alongside our soul Taunting us to give in to it Fear put back in its place Rising above the negativity With love and laughter A new day born without fear

Laughter is the best medicine

It’s another day when I really need a laugh and so the following email sent to me some years ago is to be my blog post today! Sometimes, if we don’t laugh, we would sit and cry and although crying can be incredibly healing, it is not always the best option as if you are facing ongoing challenges…

Dementia, bras and laughter…

Whilst we’re all in the mood for some fun, it seems I should tell you a true story, as well as recording it here for posterity! Last week my husband and I were driving home from the airport and passed a wholesale outlet for women’s bras. He noticed the sign saying ‘Free fittings’ and thought this was…

Food, love, laughter and dementia

We’ve been watching a cooking program called Two Greedy Italians: Still Hungry on SBS, where “two fun-loving, food devotees Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo return to Italy together to remember their own pasts and discover how the culinary capital of the world is changing the way it cooks and eats. The two kings of Italian…

On death and dying

I’ve published parts of the last two paragraphs of this blog before, but felt it worthy of re-blogging. Death and dying is a part of life, and the bonus of being given the possibility of a more finite time to live is that it does make you think very deeply about your life. Yes, I do believe it is…

Back Up Brain vs Carer

Recently I gave a second nickname to my DH (dear husband!), which is BUB, or Back up Brain and we find this terminology far easier to live with than carer. We think of a back up brain as being the same as the hard drive in a computer. He said recently, it empowers him to be by my side and with me,…

Facing terminal illness

With the diagnosis of a terminal illness, mortality gets to sit at your table, right next to the knife and fork, up close and personal, whispering messages that you might die much sooner than you thought. You do not get to continue to view death from the large platform called life, but from the edge of…

Laughter and dementia

First up are the details for attending Laughter Boss Training in 2012. Although Perth, Melbourne and Sydney have already had their training sessions this year, you can attend any of the following dates: 25 May – Brisbane, 1 June – Gold Coast, 8 June – Newcastle, 22 June – Canberra, 6 July – Hobart, and…

Friendship, love and dementia

Today (tonight in Scotland) I am tired from too much fun, too much noise, too much laughing, and a little crying on the inside as I have struggled to keep up with my young friends over the weekend. As we left one young friend (one of our ‘other’ sons) and his delightful wife at the train…

RocKwiz Christmas concert

My day was busy, and then out tonight, the reason for this very late blog. But, in keeping with my goal, I will still have only missed one day since September 2! What a pleasure it was to be out tonight with our lovely neighbours to see the RocKwiz Christmas Concert at the Thebarton theatre. It…

The gift of dying

Yesterday was too much emotion for me to write for NaNoWriMo, and a lot of time needed for being with my sick friend and speaking to doctors and family and friends again. I did not have the emotional or physical energy to even consider writing the 2000+ words required for yesterdays November novel-writing goal. Oh…

A great idea???

Well, I did have a great idea for today’s blog, but have been seriously distracted sooooooo many times today and tonight, I have absolutely no idea what it was. What a day! Up early, working on my presentation to Masonic Homes, an unexpected visitor who was in tears and I didn’t have the time to do…