link #2: being elderly in japan is no picnic

I’m not sure what is going on in Japan, but I’ve read several articles and posts lately about the plight of the elderly – particularly of women. 

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The first article I read was from The New York Times and followed the stories of several older people. One woman sends deliveries of pears to her neighbor across the way so that she will check to see that she opens her blinds (screen) every morning. That way, if she is in trouble or dies, someone will notice and call for the body to be taken away.  Continue reading “link #2: being elderly in japan is no picnic”

finding the inspirational

It’s challenging sometimes to find something inspiring, but it’s great when we find it.

butterfly-1112736_1280Mom and I watched part of the March for Our Lives on television and were impressed with the many articulate and passionate speakers – all teenagers plus a couple of 11-12 year olds. It was terrific to see them stand up for what they believe in and rally people to their cause. We often see images of teenagers as self-absorbed or apathetic or superficial – this was an inspirational counter-image.  Continue reading “finding the inspirational”

the privilege of being a cat

I could do worse than to be my cat.

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If I am reincarnated, I want Oscar’s life. My cat one of the most spoiled creatures ever to live. It’s not that we live in opulent splendor or that he has the most expensive cat food available. No, this is more about his sense of entitlement and success in achieving his goals.  Continue reading “the privilege of being a cat”

update on oscar

The boy is doing well!

cat-154642_1280Five days post-dental work, Oscar is feeling better. He has more energy and is mostly back to his old self. He is quite put out that he can’t have his usual dry food and crunchy treats. I try to explain that they are not allowed until after next Friday, when we go back to the vet. But, my efforts are falling on deaf ears … or maybe I’m not as proficient in “cat” as I thought I was. Either way, this is becoming the longest two weeks of my life!  Continue reading “update on oscar”

where’s millie?

Usually, my mother remembers things from long ago, but we have occasional lapses.

decor-2483214_1280A couple of weeks ago, my mother’s first words of the day were, “Where’s Millie?” and I froze. Millie is my mother’s younger sister who died about 42 years ago. She didn’t remember that Millie had died of a brain tumor. I think she realized that forgetting this particular piece of information was a bit unusual for her, as she was rather quiet when I told her. For the next 20 minutes or so, until I left for work, I heard her quietly say several times that she couldn’t believe that she didn’t remember.  Continue reading “where’s millie?”