My father, Don Patrick Desonier, to whom my novel Requiem for the Status Quo was dedicated, was the first such family member. Continue reading “Meet Irene Frances Olson author of “Requiem for the Status Quo””
The experience of writing a poem, play, or story, or creating a photograph, is like riding a train through wonderful, unexpected scenery. When I wake up in the morning I hurry to get to work because I never want to miss that train. My train derailed the morning of my father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Dad hadn’t chosen a trip into dementia but here he was on track to forget his friends, his family, and even his own name. Dad Continue reading “Meet Peter Maeck, author of “Remembrance of Things Present””
I remember the evening my youngest son came through to me in my bedroom holding a rather dog-eared manuscript of Green Vanilla Tea. I had worked on this family story with my two boys over a few years. I’m not sure how many, exactly. We simply worked on it until we’d tussled with it enough and one day it was done. My son leaned against the doorframe, favouring one leg as his dad would have done. Continue reading “Meet Gela-Marie Williams, author of “Green Vanilla Tea””
By Krysten Lindsay Hager
After my dad passed in the summer of 2015, I was sitting on my couch watching TV when I got a message from some readers asking what happened next for my characters Nick and Hadley from my book, Next Door to a Star. I was in my grief bubble, and this email was a welcome bright spot letting me know someone cared enough about the characters to want to know their future. I thought writing about what happened next might be a way to get my mind off grieving. It was when I got to sixty pages that I realized I might have a book. Continue reading “Meet Krysten Lindsay Hager – How Young Adult Fiction Helps Heal and Educate”
What was your motivation to write about your experience as a caregiver?
I believe some of our most profound lessons come, not from books, but from being there for people in ways we never imagined. During the six years I was a caregiver for my mother and father, not a day went by that I didn’t discover something new about myself, my parents, my siblings, human nature in general, and how to deal with a broken medical system when it comes to our elders. Continue reading “Meet Judith Henry, author of “The Dutiful Daughter’s Guide to Caregiving: A Practical Memoir””
“To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart and to sing it to them when they have forgotten.” This was written by Arne Garborg, a Norwegian writer, and has been my inspiration for many years. Even though I have worked with people with dementia most of my adult life, it was not until my father was diagnosed that I actually experienced the significance and value of learning one’s song. Continue reading “Welcome Wendy Chanampa, author of “The Unseen Gifts of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia””
I write about Alzheimer’s because my father’s experience with the disease turned me into an advocate, not just for those with Alzheimer’s, but for their caregivers as well.
My father lived with Alzheimer’s disease for about four years. In that time, my father went Continue reading “Meet author and Alzheimer’s caregiver advocate, Joy Johnston”
Last night I lit a Yahrzeit candle for my father, who’s been gone for two years. And I decided, at the last second, that rather than sing a traditional prayer, I’d just sing a few lines from one of his favorite Broadway tunes. It made me smile in a moment that was otherwise sad. Continue reading “Meet Arthur Levine, author of WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING”
I grew up in in the mountains of New Mexico in a roadside attraction built by my father.
With the exception of, “I love you,” I have probably spoken this one sentence more than any other. I defined myself as the daughter of Ross Ward, the man who created Tinkertown Museum. Continue reading “Meet Tanya Ward Goodman, author of “Leaving Tinkertown””
My father joined the Air Force in 1950 during the Korean War where he trained as an airplane mechanic. After his tour of duty, he returned to his home in Miami and married my mother after only three months of courtship. He worked during the day and attended barber school at
Continue reading “Meet Vanessa Luther, author of “A Life Stolen””