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What modern holiday made its debut on a popular television show in the late 1990s?  Seinfeld devotees know the answer.  It’s Festivus! On December 23, Festivians around the globe mark the holiday.  The celebration comes with a catchy tagline, “Festivus for the rest of us,” and little else.  Yes, it is a holiday about nothing.  […]

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Sunday, Sept. 7 is National Grandparents Day. I thought about this day of recognition when my best friend told me she and her husband will soon have another grandchild, their sixth. My friend is excited, and she can’t wait to learn if it is boy or girl and what name the parents will choose. When […]

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I have a friend who lives in Canada.  Paula and I met years ago at a writer’s conference and became good friends, sharing a love of words, travel and adventure. Mainly, Paula and I keep in touch by email and Facebook.  However, last year, we started connecting every month or so using FaceTime, which allows […]

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Sunday Morning, my favorite television news show, featured some great reporting this week.  There was a profile of author and nerd-champion John Green, a segment on the flying-female WASPS of World War II and a lengthy cover story about one-room schoolhouses. The segment on the lessons of one-room schoolhouses really caught my attention. I grew […]

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What makes someone funny?  I think my parents were funny people.  While my dad was sly and understated, my mother was more overt with her humor.  Her gig was telling the same stories over-and-over-and-over or invoking odd family sayings, which my sisters (and, now my daughter) and I still repeat (often in unison) today. These […]

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I’m a baby boomer who grew up in a rural farming town in the middle of Minnesota.  My family consisted of a mom and dad, two older sisters and a succession of black Labradors all named either Candy or Princess. Everyone has stories — both good and bad — about their childhood.  Here are a […]

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Post Update: Thanks to some helpful staff of the Minnesota State Legislature, I am happy to report I now have my health care policy in place and retroactive to the beginning of 2014.  I do not like to use my blog and social media platform for this purpose, but I felt I was out of […]

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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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Happy Holidays from Verizon

by Nancy Wurtzel on 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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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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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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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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When my sister and I brought my mom 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.  Even though we know she is dying from Alzheimer’s, my sister and I were still able to see Mummy, […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

by Nancy Wurtzel on 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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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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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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It started innocently enough.  I was shopping at Whole Foods, an upscale grocery chain that specializes in organic kumquats, exotic juices and a salad bar that doesn’t seem to end. Strolling through produce, I picked out some berries.  Next, I selected a small wedge of cheese and then a container of the prepared mixed veggies […]

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It’s worse than we thought.  Without a cure or an effective way of slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, our nation will face staggering consequences, according to a widely-circulated study published recently by the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging. The study tracked 10,802 seniors, aged 65 or older, from 1993 to 2011.  Every three years […]

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Today is bad day.  It’s snowing and I can’t get out of my driveway.  My neighbor, who usually empties my driveway of snow, is in Mexico. He took his snow blower with him.  This makes me very sad. What makes me even more sad is that I have to complete my tax planner today.  Thursday, […]

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A version of this post ran last year, but I think old Mr. Parsons deserves another Oscar bow.  Do you ever feel as though you are moving backward instead of forward?  With all the hoopla leading up to the Oscars telecast this Sunday, backward is exactly what I’m feeling. Let me explain. When I was […]

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This post was written by Nancy Wurtzel.  It was first published on the website MariaShriver.com.  Please take a minute to visit the Maria Shriver website and see all of the great information and writing for yourself. When you are caring for someone with memory loss, the days all run together.  Indeed, it may often seem […]

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I’ve always wanted a cool nickname.  My parents chose Nancy because it was a fairly popular girls given name in the 1950s.  It was a safe choice.  However, Nancy wasn’t popular for very long.  Today, hardly anyone picks Nancy as the name for their newborn, it’s a name forever stuck in the middle of the […]

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Happy Festivus!! Let the countdown begin.  There are just nine days left before this most wonderful of holidays — “Festivus, for the rest of us.”  If you are a Seinfeld devotee, then you probably mark this special December 23 celebration. But do you know the story of how Festivus actually began? Festivus was started innocently […]

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Mike and The Rambler

by Nancy Wurtzel on October 8, 2012

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Mike is now my main man. Let me explain. Early last summer, when it was warm and lovely and the warm weather seemed as though it would never end, I decided to buy a home.  I found a rambler (what is commonly called a ranch home in many areas of the country) in the twin […]

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Dementia doesn’t discriminate.  It doesn’t give a rats ass who you are, what you have accomplished in life or how much money you have accumulated. You could be a homemaker, a file clerk, a dentist, a teacher or even a former President of the United States.  Dementia could still find you.  In fact, if you […]

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Adjusting to life in a very small, rural town is an ongoing process.  Sure, I was born and raised in this little Minnesota hamlet, but I moved away just after high school graduation and only came back for short visits thereafter. During my time away, I moved to Los Angeles where I lived in a […]

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Dementia Sucks.  This is my new mantra. I say those two words out loud when I’m alone.  On a really bad day, I might even scream them in the car.  Online, I discuss dementia with people I’ve never met and I write about it endlessly.  I talk to my sister by phone and we sometimes […]

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News from Little House on the Prairie: Nature is noisy. Yesterday was my day to sleep in.  But just as the sun was coming up over the Minnesota horizon, I  was awakened by a cacophony of noise. I’d left the window open the night before, since it was extremely hot and muggy after a big […]

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People think that living in the suburbs can be boring, but I disagree.  Honestly, if you keep your eyes open, you never know what unusual experiences will come your way. Like the fall evening a few years back, when I was grilling turkey burgers for dinner.  Standing on my patio, I remember enjoying the crisp […]

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The Birds Return

by Nancy Wurtzel on April 12, 2012

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They are back.  Returning one-by-one, in small groups and in huge formations that cover the sky.  They fly, squawk, chirp, sing, soar, float on lakes, make family nests, occasionally fight and poop everywhere. They are the Minnesota birds.  And, the ducks.  And, the geese.  And, the loons.  They are everywhere. Yesterday, I came upon two […]

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The feedback on my recent post about dementia, What Makes Me Angry? Dementia., was truly heartwarming.  Quite a few of my friends called and emailed, while others posted on my Facebook page or retweeted the story to their followers.  Thanks to LinkedIn and a few other social media sites, hundreds of new readers visited Dating […]

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