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Tale Tues: A Broken Wrist and Brilliant Fish

“Oh, look at that one!” My mother pointed a crooked arthritic finger at a brilliant blue-and-yellow fish circling the tank. I had wheeled my mother around so that she could face the voluminous salt-water tank, the centerpiece of the orthopedist’s … Continue reading

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Tale Tues: The Rotten Birthday

Some birthdays rot. Really. When our family members can actually treat them like ordinary days. As if they have forgotten, despite our foibles, our crappy moods and possibly odd habits of collecting odd socks in wicker baskets, that they are … Continue reading

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Tale Tues: The Aide and Taking Sides

“You have to take my side. Why can’t you take my side?” It was my mother calling, around 10 pm. Boys were asleep. I’d been watching The Piano on my iPad. A movie where I could escape to New Zealand … Continue reading

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Tale Tues: Power of Attorney and Snowballs

Some days just snowball. Into those big icy ones you can only smash against a tree. Or brick wall. Last week I had one of those snowball days. It commenced as a little marble-sized ball – the usual school morning; … Continue reading

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Tale Tues: Texting Home Care Aides

So my mother has a new aide. And I will use Tues Tale to vent. About  aides. Actually not about aides per se, as I have vented in the past about aides who sit in front of fans and “don’t … Continue reading

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