Year: 2014

From hospital to hospital to where now? A person with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is not someone you want to be around. Hanging out with Barry can sometimes be a very unpleasant experience. I am learning that caring for Barry as …

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Speaking and hiking My first out-of-town speaking gig was in 1981. A wonderful librarian asked me to speak down in Austin, Minn. At the time, I had never checked into a hotel by myself, and I was — still am …

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BARRY’S NEW PALS Barry has a lot of new pals to hang out with now. I’m getting to know them as well. Photos from younger days with wives and kids hang outside their doors. It is a good reminder of …

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BARRY’S NEW DIGS After being kicked out of assisted living in Edina, Barry is now in a care facility (aka old folks’ home.) The first time I went there, I thought no, no, no — he can’t be in this …

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The Hike – Overnight with friends Our good friends are Peter and Maureen Beck. Over the years, we have had many good times together. When our kids were babies, we started a tradition of spending New Year’s Eve together. Some …

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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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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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The Hike I faced a dilemma when the kids surprised me with a birthday weekend proposal of hiking at Lutsen Resort in northern Minnesota. Should I bring Barry or not? At this point last October, life was getting tough with …

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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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The Hike I hiked at Taylors Falls, Minn., on my way to speak at a favorite library in Luck, Wis. It was an after-school event, so I had plenty of time to hike on the way to Luck. I have …

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