Category Archives: Family & Friends

Being Vulnerable Feature
Family & Friends

New Age Pen Pal: A Friendship We All Need

We all yearn for it. In today's times it's harder to make a real connection. I'm talking about the kind of connection where you don’t feel like you ... Read More
Senior Care Feature
Family & Friends

Difficult Conversations to Have with Your Parents

Parenting Your Parents The seismic shock of role reversal. It’s something most people face as their parents age. Parents who were once competent an... Read More
Family & Friends

Staying Connected With Your Long Distance Kids

While you were probably excited when your older children first decided to leave the nest, when they move a distance away, it can be a little harder to... Read More
Family & Friends

Breast Cancer Diaries: A Shaved Head and Other Fun

This is the fifth in a series of journal entries from contributing editor Adrienne Lawler, chronicling her breast cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy... Read More
Family & Friends

Mondays with Margaret

There comes a time in one’s life after children are raised and careers are grounded in success that one wants to give back. While there are numerous... Read More
Family & Friends

Caregiving is Causing Women to Leave the Workforce

Carolyn was just beginning to excel in her career when her father died after a long battle with cancer. Her mom, Donna, who was several years younger ... Read More
grieving process
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Preparing Yourself for the Grieving Process

When a loved one becomes terminally ill, it can be a challenging time both emotionally and physically. You will not only be tasked with their physical... Read More
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Making Maui Memories

I had my children early in life. In so doing I missed having freedom in my 20s. The trade off has been adventures with my now adult daughters. For oth... Read More
helping others
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Helping Others: Reach Out and Touch Someone

In 1970, Diana Ross recorded Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand). It was long before that beautiful song was written and recorded, people all over... Read More
Alzheimer's Feature
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Calling Home: A Mother’s Message

A friend recently told me about her feelings of guilt after arranging for her elderly mother to move from assisted living to an Alzheimer’s unit nea... Read More
Family & Friends


One definition of dignity is "the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect." It is a good, general, solid, definition.There are many ... Read More
Family & Friends

Breast Cancer Diaries: Then the Rains Came

This is the fourth in a series of journal entries from contributing editor Adrienne Lawler, chronicling her breast cancer diagnosis and chemotherap... Read More
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