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rina-macasaet's picture
Dec.28.2013
There are no words to describe how precious time is when spent with dad. We frequent one of many favorite places, Apartment 1B at the Rockwell. French Onion Soup, Grilled Tomato & Cheese and Caesar Salad, our staples.   It’s nice to see dad enjoying his meal!  Tomorrow he begins...
orna-b-raz's picture
Sep.26.2013
A friend of mine who was made redundant lately could not find another job. He is in his late 50s, energetic and capable, and still because of  his age found himself outside the workforce being orced into early retirement. He is not alone, many of his friends- all experienced and highly...
rina-macasaet's picture
Jul.26.2013
To be sentimental, that is.   Dinner with dad brought a flood of emotions inside of me. He's 87 and undergoes dialysis 3 times a week. Time with him is precious. With dad, dinner dates are always enjoyable just watching him eat!   We don't engage much in conversation. What little he asks...
rina-macasaet's picture
Jun.16.2013
It's a long shot but dad feels he can travel to San Francisco! He thinks he can go without dialysis for three weeks. "I'll do the research dad, don't worry about it."   It's a Happy Father's Day alright! October or November would be an ideal moment. This gives me enough time to work out the...
JohnnyOla's picture
Jun.09.2013
  “The Ski King is dead . . . long live the new Ski King.”   That is what I said when I heard the news.   One of my mythical heroes died the other day. It happened a couple of weeks ago on a splendid Sunday afternoon, drenched in sunshine with a gentle breeze blowing – truly a day...
robert-earle's picture
Jun.09.2013
Blue Nights is a memoir that focuses on the terrible impact the death of Joan Didion's daughter, Quintana Roo, had on Didion--following shortly after the death of Didion's husband, John Gregory Dunn--and yet encompasses broader swaths of Didion's life and her experience of entering the frailty of...
robert-earle's picture
May.03.2013
Strangers, by Anita Brookner, had the peculiar effect on me that other Brookner books have had: a sense that leaving the characters she presents in the lurch (not reading to the end) would be unfair to them because they are intelligent, if isolated, and perceptive, if undistinguished, and don't...
rina-macasaet's picture
Mar.31.2013
Dad has made it known that the longest he sees himself going for dialysis is a year, even less and certainly no more. He has requested for a family meeting, everyone complete, no exceptions.  He wants to see all of us together. Grandchildren included.  August will be the likely month for...
rina-macasaet's picture
Mar.27.2013
I visited my father today. “Is she fair?” “Tell her I want to speak to her alone.” Daisy the help whispered to me when I arrived. She’s been with the family for 40 years.   What kind of a question is that? I don’t think he should give up all to easily. I don’t want to speculate either but how...
rina-macasaet's picture
Mar.24.2013
I've never been inside a dialysis unit before.I walked in to check on how dad was doing.I stopped and looked around.Tears welled in my eyes, I felt really sad.I had to get my act together before finding dad. "I don't want to do this anymore."  "What kind of a life is this having to sit here...