About Me

I’m a 70-year-old woman who needs to learn how to let go of a lot of things.  Material possessions, hurts and humiliations, the illusion that I am in control:  these are some of the things I need to let go.  My husband has Parkinson’s Disease, and as his condition deteriorates I have to learn to let him go as well.  And I’m now past the age where friends start dying, and I must come to terms with the fact that at some point I too will have to let go of this life.

But that’s not all there is to me.  I’m a mother of two, grandmother to one, retired secondary teacher, lover of books, and a lover of all types of needlework.  I’m a happy and enthusiastic Catholic, a follower of Jesus Christ, and a parishioner at St. Jude’s, where I help with RCIA and coordinate the St. Jude’s Catholic Book Club, for which I blog as well.  I’ve got lots of opinions, faults, and foibles, and I invite you to join me as I blog along my way.  And please comment!  I love comments!  I’m interested to see what you have to say and I promise to reply.


                          The Author


11 Responses to About Me

  1. Maria Cg says:

    From one woman learning to let go to another….it is a perfect coincidence that I find your blog as I am the caregiver of both my parents — my dad, too, has Parkinson’s and my mom has Alzheimer’s. Also run my household with two kids, a wonderful husband and a very cute (but large) cat. I’m constantly trying to remember to let go……I will keep you in my prayers and in my vision via your blog. xo

  2. bookgetaway says:

    Hi Maria! I just checked out your blog, and although with your many responsibilities I can understand why you only have a few entries, I am a little sad because those entries show you as a person I think I would love to have as a friend, and to read about often. Your mention of taking your dad in to the city, and how long it took, and how he reacted, resonates so much with me.

    There is so much I could say, but right now I have no time. Thank you for your prayers, I appreciate that very much. Perhaps there is some way we can have contact back and forth?

    Oh, one more thing–how did you run across my blog? I am curious to know how these things work. Thanks…

    • Maria Cg says:

      Hello! I’m so happy to be reading your comment on my comment! I’m sorry I haven’t written back — I never thought to check this comment I wrote. And it makes me even more happy to know you enjoyed my blog! Writing about all my feelings was part of my Lenten promises and then, when I noticed that noone writes my a comment — I thought noone read my blog. I felt a little bit sad and stopped writing. Perhaps, I was wrong, people do read and will read my blog. I would love to connect with you and give each other support with our lives and our loved ones with PD. I came accross your via Like mother, Like daughter (one of my favorites!) Blessings to you and yours.

  3. Erika Ahern says:

    Hi, Maria! Yes, of course you may re-post “Why Read Modern Fiction.” I’m glad you have a use for it! God bless, Erika Ahern (aka, Philosopher Mom)

  4. What a beautiful picture of you! You have joy written all over your face!

    My husband is not well, either. We are only in our 40s and raising two teenage boys. Some days are good, but many are not, in regards to my husband’s strength and health. Doctors still don’t know what is wrong. I’m happy to have found your blog, and I hope to visit often. You posted about service and patience: Yes, indeed, this is greatly needed when our loved ones are terribly sick, and it becomes a way of life, although I am still trying to serve better. Sometimes it can be very lonely. Sometimes it makes the little joys very big! A priest reassured me that serving my husband is a great example for our boys. He also asked… if I were to be the one who is sick, what would I like my husband to do for me? It is a difficult road, but Our Lord carries all of us! May God bless your journey!

  5. Marsha says:

    I can acrosss your blog from the list over at Conversion Diary. This is the first time I have left a comment. I started reading blogs about a year ago. I just realized that bloggers really do want people to leave comments. So i guess I will start leaving comments. I too have a ill husband, he has degenerative discs, and lives in chronic pain. He has not worked in 10 years. So I run the family business and the household. Today was the first time I read your blog. I enjoed. I will be back.

  6. Jamie Dedes says:

    Letting to is the great life lesson, isn’t it? Nice to “meet” you. I am here from Thursday Poets Rally. Welcome to our little community.


  7. Rhonda says:

    Hi, Judy,
    In February I hope to send a paper letter/postcard/whatever a day (For the Month of Letters challenge. You can read more at http://lettermo.com/). I would be honoured if you would privately email me your post address so I can send you something.
    Rhonda (aka the erstwhile Miz_Hatbox)

  8. Jenna says:

    I discovered your website because I was looking for the text for Eavan Boland’s “White Hawthorn in the West of Ireland” which is one of my favorites. I was moved to read your story and sad to see that you haven’t posted in a long time. Sending prayers and blessing to you and your family.

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