So, we try this blogging thing again. Hopefully, I will be more conscientious about posting and you, dear reader, will find something of value, or at least of amusement, here.
A little about me — I learned today while listening to Prairie Home Companion that I am the same age as Cheerios. Not sure how I feel about that except the cereal played a major role in my early childhood. We lived with my mother’s parents while my father was in service. My grandfather, a cobbler who emigrated from Russia and landed in Louisville, KY, and I would listen to The Lone Ranger on the radio, sponsored by Cheerios. Since time with my grandfather was a highlight of my life, cheerios became my favorite cereal and The Lone Ranger my favorite show before I was old enough to go to school. Much later in life, I enjoyed watching Johnny Depp as Tonto in the recent movie, but it wasn’t the same as sitting in the living room with my grandfather. OK — that’s more info than you wanted.
I live on beautiful Whidbey Island, WA in Puget Sound, about 35 miles north of Seattle, with my wife, a retired award-winning journalist and writer. We share our space with an affection-demanding cat. I am an ex-lawyer, a retired higher education administrator and online instructor. My days are spent doing volunteer non-profit work, writing, and seeking ways to avoid doing housework. Mainly, I am focused on caregiving for my wife, who suffered a stroke about eight and a half years ago. She has made an amazing recovery, although not yet at her pre-stroke condition. I have documented my journey as her caregiver, and the lessons I have learned on this path, in a memoir, presently titled Learning to Float: Lessons in Life and Love as a Spousal Caregiver. This blog will feature excerpts from the book, along with other mental meanderings, rants, raves, a few jokes – or at least what I think are funny vignettes, and whatever else comes to mind. I hope you enjoy it. Let me know.