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My mother-in-law is going home. Not the euphemism, but actually back home to her condominium. A year ago my mother-in-law was having health issues. Her breathing was difficult, her lungs were not working properly due to an issue with her heart.

At 91 years of age Pauline is our treasure; we wanted to keep her safe and not worry about her. So my husband’s sister got her into an assisted living residence close to her house. Pauline went to see a specialist and eventually had surgery.. and slowly but surely she has been recovering and getting stronger every day. (more…)

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One week from today, I will be 70 years old. The number of years seems impossible. Inside, I feel I am the same ‘me’ as when I was 30,40,50.

As I look back over my life, it seems to be divided into chapters, similar to the books I write. The beginning of my life, growing up, enjoying my childhood. Next are chapters of marriage, children, life on the farm and creating a family. Then the chapters where the children left home to make their own life and create their own families. Later, the grandchildren years and Jim and I finding a comfortable ground where we each had our own interests while maintaining a connection and closeness between us.

Now, the Golden years have arrived. Life is good and these are interesting chapters in my life. I am content and satisfied with the Life-Book I am writing and am confident it will have a happy ending . . . but hopefully not for several years yet.

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On this Fourth, I am feeling pretty damn good! I turned eighty a month ago, had a huge, celebratory party, and now I am in West Hollywood, preparing to go to the Bowl for a concert and fireworks. On June 25, I left Philadelphia and traveled to Pine, Arizona via Phoenix, spent a relaxing week with my “little brother”–he’s a mere seventy-seven–and then came on to spend a few days with my youngest daughter. I was a bit threatened by the travel situation, but all went well–and I am coping quite nicely with the challenges of strange beds, showers, steps, foods and what have you. Here’s to continuing independence. I may not be ready to climb any mountains at this point, but I’ve read two books and my garden (yes, i can still do that!) awaits me on my return. Then back to work–supervising student teachers when school bells ring in the fall.

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This topic is very intriguing. I have moved from being very needy and dependent on what others thought to a woman who is not afraid to say, “I need to process this.” We are all a combination of independence and interdependence; it’s just how do we strike the balance?  I was very fortunate to have had a great career doing something I loved. I thoroughly enjoyed traveling on my own, doing presentations and building business relationships. However, I could not have done that without the unconditional support of my spouse, mother and children. (more…)

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