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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.

Climb high, little Pixie

We met because of her nose. My first glimpse was of her wiggling, tail-wagging behind, her nose wedged in a hedge in my mom’s front yard. Nose to ground, she took off, zigzagging the neighborhood, circling trees and lawn ornaments, … Continue reading

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Stalking Someone’s Daughter

         Cameras clicked as Japanese tourists posed in front of the dancing waters at the fountain in The Square. Old men in straw hats lounged, smoking cigars, watching old and young women toddle by with canes and high heels. … Continue reading

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Whisper of wings

I keep looking at the clock and checking timeline stamps, figuring out that her last post was made around 1 a.m. I look back through the holiday photos of a beaming family on Christmas morning, unaware that, in less than 24 … Continue reading

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The Box — a prelude

I passed it up my first time down the aisle. Something made me stop, turn around, go back for a second look. It was just a small glass box, perched delicately on a crowded metal shelf in our town’s thrift … Continue reading

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A Million Tiny Moments

You really don’t need another candle. Or a Miracle Chopper. Or a pair of Jeaneeze that promise to hug one’s ample assets in true Kardashian fashion. (All about that bass, that bass — but that’s a whole other post.) No, … Continue reading

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Not bad, really, not bad at all

You know it’s going to be an interesting day when you find yourself crouching in a bathroom stall, wiping dog poop off of your shoe with cheap paper towels. Yep, folks, it’s been quite the day. As the husband snores … Continue reading

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Little BIG things

“Enjoy the little things in life, because one day, you may look back and realize they were the big things.” Like many, I am guilty of  squandering precious moments and have taken far too many things for granted in the haste … Continue reading

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