Year: 2013

OUR JOURNEY

Holidays can be tough Since Barry’s dementia diagnosis, holidays have been pretty tough. This Christmas, I felt alone and overwhelmed because Barry needs a lot more care now. I worry all day about what he is doing at home while

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HIKE NUMBER THIRTEEN

The Hike After my trip Up North, things got busy. I babysat my granddaughter, Charlotte, for a weekend. I worked on a draft for my new book. And the class I teach at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design

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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 TWELVE

The Hike The final hike of my summer trip to the North Shore was to Carlton Peak on the Superior Hiking Trail, one of Minnesota’s most impressive high points. To get there from Highway 61, take the Sawbill Trail (County Road 2/31)

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BARRY’S JOURNEY No. 5

First day at the ‘club’ So Barry had his first day at the adult day care facility. My friend Talla suggested coming up with another name for the place. Perhaps we should call it — going to the “club.” I

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HIKE NUMBER ELEVEN

The Hike I couldn’t wait to go to my beloved Lutsen Resort for this next hike. I got up early because I had a plan: Do a short hike on the Lutsen cross-country ski trail then have blueberry pancakes for

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BARRY’S JOURNEY No. 4

Adult daycare spot opens Today I learned that a spot has opened for Barry to attend the adult daycare place we looked at this summer. The problem is we only can afford for him to go one day a week

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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HIKE NUMBER NINE

The hike Hike Nine was to the Pincushion Mountain cross country ski area near Grand Marias. Its name comes from the skinny trees, grasses and lichens that poke out of the bare rock at the mountaintop just like on a

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BARRY’S JOURNEY No. 3

Time for a doctor’s visit Last week, Barry and I went to the neurological clinic to see his doctor. Barry has been super mad a lot of the time about money and not being able to drive! A couple weeks

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