Author: Nancy Carlson

Cupboards in my brain My father died after only a few days on hospice care. He finally relented and moved into the hospital bed that hospice brought over to his home in the early morning hours of the day he …

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The Box I found the box the other day when I was trying to organize my drawers. It surprised me that I still had it tucked away. Although empty now, it used to be filled with cash. This box was …

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Sidewalks As I write this today, the two most important men in my life are in hospice care. One is my father, who has a worn-out and tired heart but a sharp mind. The other man is my husband, who …

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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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Imagination can get you through anything A few weeks ago, I was stuck inside because the outside temperature showed a minus 30 degrees wind chill factor. And I wasn’t feeling well, so I just sat around doodling.I took a large …

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The piano As I walked alone the other day in the neighborhood where we raised our family, a memory of Barry popped into my mind. Two years ago, I would not let myself remember anything. It was just too painful …

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It was there waiting in 1949 when you were just a little baby born to parents who should never have married. Twice! It was there when you learned to walk and talk. It was there when you lost your first …

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I am pretty sure Barry is dying now… I had a care conference about Barry today. He can barely swallow now and weighs only 135 pounds. I tried to feed him lunch earlier and there was major panic in his …

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Another New Year’s Eve On New Year’s Eve, I stopped to see Barry before I went to babysit our young granddaughters for the evening. He is very thin and almost totally bed-ridden. The theme of my blog, Putting One Foot …

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Early Signs I held my annual holiday sale early this past December. I have been doing this with a group of women artists for well over 30 years. Only three of us original artists still participate in the sale. It …

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