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BARRY’S JOURNEY

I am afraid to grow old A few weeks ago, I wrote that Barry had stopped eating. After talking with a couple of nurses and the hospice people about this new development, I felt strong in my resolve to follow

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BARRY’S JOURNEY No. 12

Suddenly to the hospital As I write this in April, I look back to January when I made the decision to move Barry into an assisted living facility. I thought it would be a breeze, and he would be safe

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HIKE NUMBER TWENTY ONE

The Hike – Birthday hike with Barry and the kids After I finished my hike at Gooseberry Falls State Park, I drove up to Lutsen for my fall birthday hike with the entire family. The kids had rented a condo

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HIKE NUMBER NINETEEN

The Hike October 10 was my 60th birthday, and I decided to do all the things I love most. Because Barry was still at home, I needed to check on him throughout the day. I gave him money to go

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HIKE NUMBER FIFTEEN

The Hike On a nice early fall afternoon, I met my friend, Paul, for a happy hour hike at Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield. It has been years since I last visited Wood Lake Nature Center, although I used

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BARRY’S JOURNEY No. 6

How much does he know? A few days ago, Barry was watching TV and looking really sad. He had been up a lot the night before, trying to shower and shave at 2:00 a.m. I asked him if he was

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HIKE NUMBER TEN

The Hike I was excited to hike at Cascade River on the Superior Hiking Trail near Lutsen. I remembered when Barry and I hiked it years ago with our friends, the Duffys. It was June 1980 and Joe, Patsy and

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BARRY’S JOURNEY

Today I decided Barry and I should look at an adult daycare option. I don’t think it’s healthy for the mind or body to watch TV all day. I also have to find a way to get him to stop

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