Mama Jude

Happy New Year!

It’s that time of year again when we’re all reflecting. I don’t know about you, but my 2012 had some serious ups and downs. The lowest of the lows was Mama Jude‘s minor stroke last January and all that accompanied/followed. But the highest of the highs was most definitely our […]

Where’s Mama Jude?

Ok, Venetophiles out there… where in Venezia is Mama Jude enjoying a coffee in this picture? Hint: We were taking a walk when I turned around and snapped this shot of Mama Jude by a gate next to a famous restaurant. Post in the comments where you think we are!

A Very Different Kind of Trip

I’m living in Venice, Italy this month. I have the fortune of living here for a month — in a city most tourists seem to think they can “see” in a day or two! You’d think having been here a week already, I would have seen and done everything Venice […]

Premature Isolation of a Young Caregiver

Mama Jude and Me (20-something years ago) I turned 30 this past April, something I find myself embarrassingly admitting lately. It’s what I find most isolating about being a young caregiver ― the young part. It seems most everyone else I meet caring for a parent is about 20 years […]

My Amazing, Memorable Mama

Mama and Me My Mama is just adorable. She glows with an inner excitement for life, even amid debilitating cancer treatments. I realize I’m biased as her daughter, but in truth she’s always been “cool” (though very strict when I was a kid). She’s done so many things and lived […]

Mama’s Last Wish

The 3 of Us (taken just weeks before Mama’s diagnosis last year) A year ago, my sweet mama had brain surgery. It was one of the scariest days of my life, to come that near to losing my only close family and my lifelong best friend. I am still struggling […]

Rescue Dog Has Healing Powers

Happy Birthday Abby! Two years ago this New Year’s, I adopted a Boston Bull Terrier (perhaps some Pug?) dog from Wonder Dog Rescue in San Francisco. We met on a sunny afternoon in the Mission District. Her tongue perpetually hung out to the side and we simply took to each […]