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About barriepagehill

A former print and broadcast reporter, I am blogging to document my experience as primary caregiver to my mom, who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease. I find writing cathartic and find it helps me order some of the chaos of my cluttered life. My writing is reflective of my experiences with my mom and matters I find important as I navigate the New Normal of living with a family member tormented by this devastating disease. As my mom's condition worsens, I am grateful for the many blessings in my life. I hope my writing chronicles some of our experiences and documents this bittersweet journey.

Fly, little bird, fly

I knew we were in trouble when the plane made yet another merry-go-round swoop, circling the sprawling Atlanta area, waiting for clearance to land. Flight attendants buckled into jump seats; the red warning light kept crew and passengers tethered. The … Continue reading

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The Resistors

He was tall with a handsome, craggy face and piercing blue eyes, reminiscent of a 60s matinée idol. He stood at the back of the growing throng, scanning the crowd. When I approached, he tipped a ball cap emblazoned with … Continue reading

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Chicken scratch — A new coop to call home

  The chickens have officially crossed the road.  A green ceramic chicken nested on my grandmother’s kitchen counter for as long as I can remember. She and my mama bought the fowl on their once-in-a-lifetime trip across the border to … Continue reading

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A dog tale

Yesterday about this time, I was convinced I was about to be mauled by a pack of wild dogs on an isolated stretch of lonely highway. After a few warning growls and menacing barks, the dogs turned tail and settled … Continue reading

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A cup of ice and The Hoo-ha

She requested a cup of ice. A cup from Sonic, to be specific. “A tall cup of crushed or chipped ice,” Stephanie wrote in a Facebook request on Oct. 23. Tonight, this sweet lady is gone, and, like many, I am … Continue reading

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My mama’s shoes

Two overfilled cardboard boxes, taped and confined, have been harboring in the trunk of my car for months. I catch sight of them when I stash a sack of groceries or stow a bag of bird seed. I know they are … Continue reading

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Running, Running, Running.

A turquoise-clad bottle, perched on the counter beside the Keurig and the coffee pod rack, reminds me to unlace the running shoes and hang up the game. Running, Running, Running. I have stopped running. I have stopped running because of a water … Continue reading

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