Hands Touching Hands

DJ Bryan typically selects songs based on movie soundtracks or songs he learned at camp. He loves Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond. He loves to play it in the car and when Neil sings “hands touching hands” he grabs my hand to hold it. Such a little thing, but so substantial. I love holding hands. […]

This One’s for You

I went to a viewing yesterday for a dear coworker’s son who was tragically killed last week. No matter who you are, you cannot escape the heart wrenching grip of the loss of a child. At the viewing I saw many of my coworkers; after 10 years many of them feel way more like friends […]

It just doesn’t matter

Alzheimer’s disease is a thief. It robs you of your loved one, it robs them of their lives and it robs emotions. I teeter between this very intense reality of watching my mom slip away into just a body, just a tiny version of her former being, to complete denial this is happening in my […]

What does the J stand for?

I go to see my Mom in her new place on the weekends. Yesterday, Bryan and I went on our way to his usual speech therapy and social group. We planned a regular visit which is about 20-30 minutes. I typically like to take her for a walk. She doesn’t talk much and mostly I […]

Go Team!

The similarities between the approach I’ve taken to Alzheimer’s and my mom to Autism and Bryan are becoming more obvious. It’s interesting to me how much one good methodology can be applied to multiple situations. For years I have been saying that you need to harness the collective when it comes to raising a child […]

The hits just keep on coming

I know I have said before that Autism sucks. Well it doesn’t, at least not really or by comparison to Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s really sucks and takes suckage to a whole new level.  If you know us and/or if you are a regular reader of my blog (thanks by the way) you know that my mom […]