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February 11, 2018

Courage and Cancer

Yesterday, as I ate lunch with two friends, a young woman came into the restaurant with a scarf covering her head. No need to ask. Cancer and its dreaded attendant–Chemo therapy. Still she smiled a cheerful smile, laughing with her friends as they ate lunch. With courage, she was fighting to live as happy a […]

February 6, 2018

Elderly Mothers and Collections

One thing my 98 year-old mother did not do in her life time was to collect anything. Well, maybe books. The CBS Sunday Morning show did a story on a man who collected washing machines. He had started his collecting late in life but had managed to accumulate warehouses – plural—full of every form of […]

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January 26, 2018

Guard of the Limberlost

Who knew there was a 300-acre paradise hidden down at the end of Old Fish Hatchery Road? I was looking for places that our new Sam Houston State University faculty had never been. I wanted to create a practical tour with places that the faculty might need – license plates, driver’s licenses, both post offices, […]

December 25, 2017

Elderly Mothers and the Love of Books

Mom loved books and she taught us to love them as well. Christmas morning brings back memories of opening the most wonderful books. There was nothing more pleasurable than feeling the heft of a book through the wrapping paper and knowing there was hours of pleasure in store. The books were almost always the Caldecott […]

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December 24, 2017

Elderly Mothers and a Legacy of Powerful Women

I just thought there would be no more blogs once Mom was gone. Not so. This past weekend, PBS produced a beautiful one-hour program called Christmas at Belmont. All of the music students, and it looked like most of the student body, from Nashville’s Belmont University joined with country singer Sheryl Crow to sing Christmas […]

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December 20, 2017

Martha Lou Gorton, a life well lived.

Martha Louise Gorton Castillo, age 98, passed away on December 18, 2017 at her home in Huntsville, Texas. Martha Lou was born in Utica, New York, on June 25, 1919 to Charles Ruddell Gorton of New York and Caroline Oates Gorton of Greenville, Kentucky. She learned her love of travel early as her father and […]

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December 19, 2017

Elderly Mothers: Bed Baths and the Beyond

I was with Mom alone on Saturday. I felt certain I could handle one day alone with her. If the other caregivers could, I thought, so could I. Just because I was also night shift shouldn’t matter. Didn’t nurses pull double shifts all the time? I tried to rouse Mom several times from the bed […]

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December 14, 2017

Elderly Mothers and Sweet, Sweet Water

It’s been a week without water. Okay, not without water, exactly, but without running water. Living out in the country means that we live by well water alone. Many people do, out here in East Texas. Or Middle East Texas. Or north of Houston, anyway. Or much of rural Texas. It’s not uncommon. Unlike the […]

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