The joy of first times…

The first time man walked on the moon, the whole world stopped. In fact, most of us can remember exactly where we were when it happened.  Virtually the whole world walked beside him, and the excitement and exhilaration that must have been felt by the astronauts and NASA team I am sure will live(d) with…

Love, memory and dementia

It is on the ‘bad’ days that feeling the love of others makes all the difference, even though on the ‘good’ days it feels great too! On the bad days, when all seems doom and gloom, the open love of others, and the memories of that love can turn things around. I was lucky enough to…

Home from the UK

It seems like I’ve been away for weeks, rather than just six days. We have covered some ground, both physically and emotionally, from meeting imaginary friends to old ones. The range of emotions has been a roller coaster of highs and lows, as the joy of friendship, overshadowed at times by the sadness of grief…

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