Category Archives: Family & Friends

grieving process
Family & Friends

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
Family & Friends

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
Family & Friends

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
Family & Friends

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
elderly care
Family & Friends

Loving Across the Miles: Caring for Aging Parents

As our parents get older—and become ill or are no longer able to fully care for themselves—children living at a distance are faced with pressing p... Read More
empty nest
Family & Friends

Empty Nest: Who Do I Love Now?

As a primarily-at-home mother, I mostly loved raising my three boys. Sure, they generated a lot of dirty laundry, forgot instruments or homework that ... Read More
Write a Memoir
Family & Friends

Time to Write a Memoir or Autobiography  

You don’t have to dream of being a best-selling author to consider capturing the story of your life in book form. Everyone has a story, whether it... Read More
becoming a grandmother
Family & Friends

Becoming a Grandmother, Granny, Nonni or Memaw

"Hey, Granny," is probably not the way any of us ever wanted to be addressed. Fortunately, actually becoming a grandmother is whole lot different. It... Read More
friendship breakup
Family & Friends

Breaking Up with a Gal-Pal: When it’s Time to Walk Away

Whether you just met her a few weeks ago or have been pals for years, you’re at the end of your rope. The friendship is no longer a kinship. In fact... Read More
living with an elderly parent
Family & Friends

Living with an Elderly Parent: When my Mother-in-Law Moved In

When the topic of Grandma (aka my mother-in-law) moving in came up, I'll admit I was nervous. We haven’t always seen eye to eye on things. We are qu... Read More