Midlife Bloggers Want a Seat at the Table

January 21, 2014
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It is that time of year again.  Almost daily, I receive an invitation or update in my inbox about upcoming blogging conferences.  Since I started blogging three years ago, I’ve attended my share of blog events, from small gatherings with only a handful of attendees to huge conferences with thousands of bloggers from far-flung locations. […]

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Contact Congress and Use Your Voice to Pass Additional Alzheimer’s Funding

January 16, 2014
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Update on this post: Congress passed the funding. The wheels of Alzheimer’s research and support seem to move slowly.  However, there is hopefully a bright spot that was brought to my attention by the Alzheimer’s Association earlier this week. Congress is currently debating the 2014 fiscal budget and the latest funding bill, which has received […]

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To Clean or Not to Clean: The Winter Vehicle

January 14, 2014
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Last week, I did something stupid.  I had my car washed.  Less than a day later my white Camry hybrid was completely filthy again.  The outside looked as though it hadn’t been cleaned off in many a year.  Inside, the pricey, molded floor mats were again a melty sea of gravel, dirty slush and salt […]

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Vocabulario Veirnes Takes a Stand on the Oxford Comma Conundrum

January 10, 2014
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Some grammarians love it, while many others believe it is superfluous, outmoded and should be relegated to the last century. France, Italy, Russia, Australia and Spain don’t use it.  Neither does Norway.  We are bitterly divided on its use in the United States. Educators, writers and editors bicker about it endlessly, but never reach a […]

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Happy Holidays from Verizon

December 16, 2013
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I am very pleased to report that three winners were randomly picked for the Verizon products.  They are Robyn Elkinton, Dorothy Turner and Sherri Kuhn.  Congratulations to all!! Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.  And, as you can tell by the picture, he is dressed in his traditional Verizon-red holiday garb.  However, even the […]

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Win an Ellipsis 7, a Mini Jambox or a Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation from Verizon

December 12, 2013

Verizon has done it again.  I’m doing my final online giveaway as part of the Verizon Boomer Voices program.  The giveaway consists of three totally cool items, and I want all of them. Sadly, I must give them away.  To you.  Or, whoever are the lucky winners.  The odds are great, and so are the […]

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Samsung’s New Galaxy Note 3 Has Already Sold More Than 10 Million Units

December 11, 2013

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Boomer Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product. If you are looking for a super-sized phone, one that is on steroids with lots of options, then look no further than the […]

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The Big Purse Meets Its Match

December 11, 2013
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Recently, I was scrambling through my black purse.  The one I bought at Macy’s late last year — for a small fortune.  It’s actually more than a purse.  It’s a handbag made of fine leather with a name you would recognize emblazoned on the the side.  It was on sale, of course, but still the […]

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Do You Ever Ask Yourself: What Can I Do to End Alzheimer’s Disease? Here’s the Answer

December 4, 2013

Many of you know my mother died on November 26 after having Alzheimer’s for more than eight years.  She died by inches.  As I have written previously, my mom’s leaving this world was a long, protracted journey that took everything from her and also exacted a great toll on her small family left behind. My […]

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What Can I Tell You About My Mother?

December 1, 2013
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People have emailed me wanting to know more about my mother, Helen Katherine Finnie Ogle, who died last week after living with Alzheimer’s for eight years.  Here is a little about her childhood. In 1920, she was born in northwestern Iowa, the last of five siblings and the first to be born in a hospital.  […]

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The End of the Journey

November 26, 2013
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My mom reached the end of her time on earth at 3 pm today. Rest In Peace: Helen Katherine Finnie Ogle. Born December 31, 1920 – Died November 26, 2013

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My Mother’s Last Days: Waiting for Death

November 25, 2013
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Death comes in its own time and I am not good at waiting. I’ve realized I can only sit by a bedside for so long before I must be up doing something.  Like my mother, who is at the end-of-life, I am a doer.  I’ve had lots of people staying in my house and there […]

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End-of-Life Choices: The Hospice Miracle

November 25, 2013
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My mother continues to deteriorate.  She stopped eating five days ago and is taking very little water.  There is little to do but wait.  In between, we field emails, phone calls, texts and the stream of hospice people. Someone from hospice is here almost daily. I cannot begin to convey my appreciation for this wonderful […]

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It’s Messy Coming Into This World and It is Messy Leaving

November 23, 2013
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One week ago. I wake with a start.  It’s dark and quiet.  Too quiet.  I leap out of bed and cross the hall to where my mother is sleeping.  Is this the end?  Is she still alive?  I gingerly reach out to touch her arm.  It is cool to the touch.  Her mouth is open. […]

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Planning for Your Own Funeral

November 22, 2013
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Today, when I was looking for a document among my mom’s files, I came across a small piece of note paper. In my mom’s scratchy handwriting, she had written: “When I die, contact the VFW. I’ve been a member for 62 years and have a $1,000 life insurance policy.”  The note is is signed, Mom […]

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Leaving This World. Wait, Not So Fast. Everyone Together on Turkey Day First

November 20, 2013

My father died 14 years ago today.  I had a hunch Mummy might pick this day to make her exit, but it appears today will not be the day.  She is not ready.  There are people coming to see her. My sister called this morning — the one who lives in California.  She’s flying in […]

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The Last Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

November 19, 2013
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When my sister and I brought my Mummy home to my house last week, she was still able to walk with the aid of a walker, say a few words, eat and experience some basic interactions.  We both sensed Mummy was happy to be at my home and she looked relaxed for the first time […]

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Moving Mummy, Again. And, Again

November 18, 2013
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So much has happened since my last update about my mother.  If you are a frequent reader of my blog, you know my mom, whom we affectionately call Mummy, has Alzheimer’s disease. You may also remember that late last summer my sister and I moved Mummy to an assisted living facility in our small hometown […]

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It Just Keeps Getting Better! More Verizon Giveways – Great Products and Two $100 Gift Cards. Yes, I’m talking FREE!

October 30, 2013
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Thank you to everyone who entered!  The lucky recipients are Stephanie Gladden who received a $100 gift card, Mandy Logan who received the Sure Response product and Frank L of NYC who received the FitBit items.  I’m waiting to hear from the winner of the other $100 gift card and that will be rewarded soon! […]

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Need to Keep an Eye on Someone or Something? I’ve Got the Perfect Solution AND You Can Win This Cool Camera Simply By Leaving a Comment!

October 22, 2013

Veronica Guzman was randomly chosen as the winner of the Belkin NetCam…Congratulations, Veronica!  My sincere thanks to the 85 people who entered. Have you ever wanted to see what’s happening in your home, business or another location while you’re away?  Wouldn’t it be great if you had an easy, inexpensive way to do this real-time? […]

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Pay Attention Readers, It’s the Verizon Reviews and Giveaways Week!

October 21, 2013

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Boomer Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product. As I promised in my last post, Dating Dementia will be devoted to my good pals at Verizon all this week.  That’s right, […]

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Another Verizon Post: The Old Days vs. Today (Hint: Today is Better)

October 19, 2013

When I was in high school in the mid-1970s, I had my own telephone.  It was a black, rotary-style, much like the one in this picture, and it plugged into an odd-looking, three-prong outlet located just inside the door to my bedroom.  Old, heavy and with a frayed gray cord that stretched only a few […]

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Six Alzheimer’s Myths Debunked. Hint: No One is Immune but Wine is Helpful

September 17, 2013
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The media is saturated with coverage of Alzheimer’s disease.  Yet, even with 10 million news stories that show up in a simple Google search, there is still an incredible amount of confusion surrounding the disease. Why? Here’s my opinion. Many people are afraid of Alzheimer’s disease and consequently avoid news coverage on the topic.  Alzheimer’s […]

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Cell Service, A Love or Hate Relationship

September 10, 2013

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Boomer Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product. I always find it amusing to hear someone talk about their cell phone provider.  There is really no middle ground.  Feelings run strong […]

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Happy New Year, Bring Kugel

September 5, 2013

I’m home with a cold and feeling a little sorry for myself.  Today is also Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. When I think of Rosh Hashanah I immediately think of noodle kugel.  Kugel made with fruit.  Kugel that has been cooked until it’s nice and crispy on top.  Kugel served piping hot.  Can’t stop […]

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My First Day of School. How Well Do You Remember Yours?

September 2, 2013
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Do you remember your very first day of school?  I remember having very mixed feelings about starting Kindergarten in 1960 and I can recall the day quite clearly.  Here’s my story. Situated in the center of our small town, the old brick building had creaky wooden floors, wide staircases and high, very high ceilings that […]

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The Bicycle Post, Continued…

August 19, 2013
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Life can we funny, weird and sometimes downright startling.  In my last post I wrote about my quest to find a new bicycle on Craigslist. I was seeking just a plain bike — no gears, upside-down handlebars or racing seats.  After perusing the listings, I found the perfect one for sale at a great price.  […]

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Cheap is the New Black

August 13, 2013
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My mom loved saving money and could smell a sale a mile way.  While she could be generous with others, she was mostly stingy with herself.  I often joked that Mom elevated personal cheapness to an art form. Growing up, I rebelled against my mother’s frugal ways.  I made money and I promptly spent it. […]

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If You Could See Inside My Head. On Second Thought, That’s Not a Good Idea

August 7, 2013
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A friend called me last night.  The conversation went something like this: Her: “Ummm. I read your post about your mom.  About how you pray she will die soon, even though you don’t believe in god.” Me: “Yeah. That seemed to strike a nerve.  I had a lot of feedback.” Her: “I also read your […]

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The Verizon Post: Can You Hear Me Now?

August 5, 2013

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Boomer Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product. You may remember that I am taking part in the  Verizon Boomer Voices program.  Along with 16 other women bloggers, Verizon flew me […]

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Dear God, Please Help My Mother Die

July 31, 2013
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I am not a religious person.  I’m not even sure I believe in a higher power, let alone one true God.  Even so, for the past several years I often find myself praying. When I do pray, it is always about my mother who has Alzheimer’s disease. My prayers are never about reversing or even […]

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Alzheimer’s By the Numbers

July 30, 2013
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The clock is ticking.  According to the latest Alzheimer’s Association statistics, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease every 68 seconds. Currently, more than 5.2 million Americans are living Alzheimer’s disease and it is our nation’s sixth leading cause of death.  One in three seniors die from Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia.  Since […]

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Helen Thomas Sat in the Front Row

July 20, 2013

She was a fixture.  She sat in the center seat of the front row.  She usually asked the first question and then closed the press conference with the simple phrase, “Thank you, Mr. President.” Indeed, presidents showed Helen Thomas, who died yesterday at age 92, deference.  Deference for the longevity of her reporting and for […]

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The Sandwich Generation. Are You Squeezed Between the Young and the Old?

July 16, 2013

When I think of sandwich, I usually conjure up an image of a corned beef on rye or a tuna salad on whole wheat.  When you add generation to it, then I envision the baby boomers (of which I am one) eating sandwiches made of Wonder Bread. Of course, Sandwich Generation has taken on a […]

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Chuck Foley, Thank You for Inventing Twister

July 12, 2013

Chuck Foley, a Minnesota native and inventor of the board game Twister, has died.  When I heard the news on television last night, I couldn’t help remembering the last time I played Twister.  It had to be more than a dozen years ago. In a fit of nostalgia, I had purchased the venerable board game […]

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Tweeting and Sharing With My New Droid Phone, Thanks to Verizon

July 1, 2013

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Boomer Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product. If someone would have told me five or six years ago I would be addicted to a social media platform named Twitter, I […]

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The Mummy Update

June 27, 2013
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My mother has reached a cognitive plateau that is not uncommon in people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.  Friends often ask me how she is and I answer, “basically status quo.”  She doesn’t seem any worse, and, of course, there is no chance of improvement. While life moves ahead, Mummy, as we call her, […]

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Thinking of Moving? Don’t Choose Minnesota!

June 18, 2013
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Are you looking to move?  Try your hand in a new city with fresh opportunities and fun adventures?  If so, please consider Florida, North Carolina, Texas, New Mexico or Colorado.  Any state but Minnesota. Never mind the twin cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul and the surrounding metro areas are often included on many of the “Best […]

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Baby Doll Therapy

June 5, 2013

Those of us who are Alzheimer’s caregivers are used to seeing abilities ebb away.  My mom — whom we call Mummy — was once a highly social person who always had to stay busy.  Cooking and baking were her passions, and so were endless games of cards with family and friends. However, those days are […]

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True Tails: The Dog Days of Summer

May 29, 2013

I grew up in a small, farming town in central Minnesota.  Our little hamlet had just one stop light and a population of about 3,000 people.  Needless to say, there was not much to do. My sisters and I were mainly left to our own devices.  When the weather was nice, we were expected to […]

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