Beyond coffee and red wine

Grace had always been what you might call a traditional woman in a traditional sort of marriage. So the day she stood in the living room, a carving knife raised in her hand, yelling obscenities at her husband of 50 years, her family knew something was terribly wrong. And what was wrong was dementia. Grace was my best friend’s mother, … Read More

Jack fell down …

For my 80-something neighbours, 2015 year crashed in with the force of a tidal wave, uprooting and displacing them from their home of 40 years, pushing them into a forced separation. Although several factors led to this enormous (to them) change, you might say it began in September when Fred stood on a chair to change a light bulb. No big … Read More

If you’ve got pain, try rolling out your body

Although I don’t have a medical degree of any sort, I’m my own chronic pain expert having lived with fibromyalgia for more than 14 years, finding out through trial and error what helps and what hinders. Although far from cured, the pain that was once debilitating is now manageable, albeit annoying. The latest addition to my pain reduction toolkit — … Read More