Wellness

  • My kids are hungry. But they can’t afford to eat. This was happening long before the current economic crisis. My daughter, a long-time vegan, is a budding microbiologist who desperately wants to eat healthy but…college bills. She makes her own nut milks and cosmetics because she wants to be clean and sustainable. But have you seen the price of clean ingredients? (Just switch out the french fries for broccoli at any restaurant and you’ll see…

  • I recently spent a week as a faux celebrity. Sundance Film Festival, walking the red carpet in Los Angeles, meeting Marky Mark, lights, camera, action! It was exhausting but oh so fun! How did I get there? My husband, a former FBI agent, appeared in the McMillion$ documentary on HBO. It was a total twist of fate that we happened to be living in California at the time so he was able to spend a lot…

  • My mom uses cannabis oil. So does my daughter. I guess that makes me the sandwich generation of weed. My mom is 82 years old and suffered a stroke 18 months ago. She has significant deficits including aphasia which have left her unable to communicate. Until recently, her days were spent crying uncontrollably with no explanation. That is, until I introduced her to cannabis oil and got her stoned.  My young adult daughter introduced herself…

  • Today is my Dad’s birthday. We should be celebrating his 81st birthday, but instead, we’re placing flowers on his grave. I was “Daddy’s little girl”, the only girl and the youngest with two older brothers. My father taught me so many life lessons – in the way he lived, but also in the way he died. He exuded patience and kindness everywhere he went among everyone he met. (Unfortunately, I didn’t get those genes.)  One of…

  • Death is birth in reverse. That’s what our hospice nurse keeps telling me every time I question a new behavior of my mom. And every time I find myself in the baby aisle at Target buying diapers, sippy cups, and picture books, I realize just how right she is as a caregiver for my elderly mother. Read more: Tips for Caring for Elderly Parents Caring for An Elderly Parent Fifteen months ago, my mother had…

  • It’s taken me a long time to write this post. I generally write about happy things – mainly my happy places. But writing is therapy for me. So as difficult as this is, my mother’s story needs to be told. Often, when I’m writing a blog post, I talk into a recorder and tell a story – it sounds more conversational which is my style of writing. But in this case, I couldn’t do it.…