Tag Archives: Father

Gitche Gumee

I just returned from a short trip to my father’s cabin on Lake Superior in Northern Ontario. The last time I was up in August 2011, my father and brothers were still alive. My parents went up every summer in … Continue reading

Posted in Alzheimer's, Canada, Death and Grief, Dementia, Elderly Parents, Grief, Healing, Lake Superior, Nature, Ontario, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Seven Days

I’ve spent my nights since I returned from Houston drinking wine, eating, and watching Downton Abbey with my neighbor. I keep referring to it as Downtown Abbey. My English neighbor corrects me but I’m too tired to remember my error. … Continue reading

Posted in Alcoholism, Cats, Death and Grief, Death of a sibling, Grieving, Health, Leukemia, Mid-Life, Sobriety | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 30 Comments

My Favorite Brother

I’ve been thinking a lot about my brother. Not the one who entered rehab Friday (of course, I’m thinking about him, too), but my brother who died in April. Cirrhosis. Hepatitis. When we did the intervention on Friday, I kept … Continue reading

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How could I not know?

  Yesterday my father was doing well and the doctors were pleased. The physical therapists were able to help him sit up in bed and move to the wheelchair, where he sat for half an hour. He had a fever … Continue reading

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