— Greetings one and all… It is another glorious morning in Denver. I have been enjoying some quiet time on our back porch—soaking up the early morning sunshine, listening to the birds, and delighting in the myriad of flowers blooming in our gardens. My morning meditation also afforded the opportunity to reflect on the events of the past month—it has been quite the ride! As noted in my previous posting, my medical adventure began in late May with the diagnosis of …

— Greetings one and all… Every month when writing the posting for the Caregiver’s Cairn, I am always amazed that another month has come and gone. Today is no different. In fact, the first month of 2017 seemed particularly fast paced. That is not totally unexpected. January is the month when I get my “ducks in row” professionally. Submit proposals. Schedule educational events. Finalize contracts. However, the pace seemed particularly swift (and stressful) this year due to unexpected and disturbing events. …

— Greetings one and all… Sitting at my desk this morning, I am pondering the advent of 2017. I don’t know about you, but I am ready to shift gears into the New Year. The past year proved to be particularly trying for me. However, I am not taking this too personally. I am not the only person challenged by the events of 2016. In fact, when chatting with my family, friends, and colleagues, there seems to be a consensus that …

— Greetings one and all… It’s hard to believe that November is upon us. I am reminded that the holidays are just around the corner—as well as the winter season. The snow will soon be flying here in Denver. But before things get too crazy, let’s take a little break and chat for a bit. Grab your favorite beverage. Cozy up in your preferred chair. Breathe deeply. Since November is National Hospice and Palliative Care month, I want to highlight and …

— Greetings one and all… I hope you are doing well and loving life. It is a crisp morning in Denver prompting me to ponder the whereabouts of my favorite sweats and sweaters. However, there is time enough for that search later in the day. This morning, it’s time to sip some coffee, take a deep breath, and be curious about life. I am well aware of the old adage “curiosity killed the cat.” However, this is not the first time …

— Blog by Jane Barton Greetings one and all… Welcome back to The Caregiver’s Cairn – a sustaining and empowering guide for caregivers and care receivers. I hope you and yours have enjoyed a lovely month since my last posting. I invite you to pour a cup of coffee or hot tea, curl up in a cozy chair, and take a deep breath. If you are feeling a wee bit stressed or overwhelmed, you’ve come to the right place. Today, it’s …

— Blog by CJay Smith, CEC Remember those resolutions that you made last year or possibly the year before?  Remember saying, “I’m going to lose weight, I’m going to change jobs, I’m going to save more, I’m going to eat more nutritiously,” yet by the end of the first month of the New Year you had already “fallen off the wagon.” Now don’t be too hard on yourself, many of us make resolutions such as these with the best of intentions. …

— Blog by CJay Smith, CEC   For about three weeks now, I have had a topic in mind for this month’s blog. As a matter of fact, I had already written about 200 of the required words. I wanted to “circle back” with you to see how your “Life Reimagined” process was going. My articles including: Your Time is “Write” Now, Resolve to Laugh and Lessons Learned were written with my hope for you to #1. Enjoy reading my blogs, and …

— Blog by CJay Smith, CEC My mother was a teacher and a nurse; a teacher before I was born, then a nurse in my formative years and beyond. To this day, I still joke with my friends back home that while they were reading Cat in the Hat, and Green Eggs and Ham, I was reading the PDR (the Physicians’ Desk Reference). I can see my mother studying for Nursing School and having this mauve colored book with gold lettering that …

— So I’m leaving one of my favorite neighborhood garden stores, and once again, for about the third year in a row, (no pun intended,) I think about planting a garden. Not a big garden, but something that would yield me some of the summer harvest I so enjoy. I think about my grandmother having a garden and so did my mother. I remember collard and turnip greens, squash, red, yellow and green peppers, and my favorite, cabbage. At Sunday dinner, …