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Choosing what my parents bring to the nursing home is making me see what’s essential

I’ll be moving my parents cross-state this weekend — barring any COVID lockdowns at their new nursing facility. My weekly to-do list is a mess of back-to-the-office chores and prep for the move.

There’s a doodled formula: the rate at which my father uses his oxygen times the longest conceivable…

You’re not Keanu Reeves — there is no escaping the matrix

I’ve always envied how men can remain eligible bachelors for as long as they’re single.

It’s not just that men get to remain desirable well into their sixties. Women can do that too. I think anyone breathing can agree that 52-year-old J.Lo can still “get it.”

My envy for these…

Her applications got no response, so I asked her to let me rewrite her resume.

By 1981, our son was ready to go to preschool to be with friends, and Christl was ready for a job that would allow her to get out of the house and be around adults.

Christl was so smart and disciplined that she could do almost anything. But in her…

LIVED THROUGH THIS

On suddenly losing a pet, and slowly losing my husband

It had been a doozy of a week. First, Holden, my beloved Pomeranian, received a diagnosis of malignant and inoperable cancer. Second, my husband Paul (16 years my senior), was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The news about the dog was an utter surprise — he’d seemed like his happy, affectionate self…

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