It’s been a week since my mom passed quietly from this
earth. The last few months have been awful. Those last few weeks had been
agonizing. Those last three days, nothing short of torture. For me, at least.
Mom was surrounded by some of the most compassionate caregivers I could have
wished for. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the staff of Evergreen
Personal Care Home and Bethany Hospice. I watched you treat my mom with dignity
and respect, love and honor in her final days.
And you held me together too.
My mom was tough.
She was also chronically late.
In the last few weeks and days, we wondered how she managed
to hang on. There couldn’t be much keeping her alive. A couple of times, she
seemed to be looking at something/someone over in the corner of the room. My
dad, I’m sure. Once while I was sitting alone with her, I had a little talk
with Dad, pleading with him to take her and end her suffering here.
Then I remembered something. I flashed back to the many
times Dad wo…
One thing I didn't mention in my post about 2016 is the weight I've gained. I confess, I've been using food (especially chocolate) to medicate myself. One of the first items on my goal list is to get back to the treadmill, the workouts, and the yoga practice. And back to healthy eating. Hopefully, I'll be closer to my fighting weight by the time my new book hits the shelves and I hit the road in mid March.
I had a blast writing and researching the new book, No Way Home, which takes Zoe and friends to the badlands of New Mexico.
Don't worry. Zoe comes back to Pennsylvania by the end of the story. But creating this one took me AND Zoe out of our comfort zones. I hope my readers enjoy the adventure as much as I did.
I'm still working on travel plans and public appearances to promote the book. The ones I've already confirmed are listed on my website.
As for travel, I intend to take a road trip to Williamsburg, Virginia to attend the Williamsburg Film Festival (…