My phone calls to him used to be obligatory, but loss has a way of changing things
By Jill Smolowe for Next Avenue
When I was a college undergraduate, I used to call my parents every Thursday night. The calls were mandatory, the price of college tuition, so to speak. Invariably, my mother would answer, then yell, “Dick! Pick up! It’s Jill.”
Nothing of substance
They may be afraid to tell you they are having trouble
By Joanna Nesbit for Next Avenue
While their 84-year-old father recovered at a rehabilitation facility after landing in the hospital with symptoms of a mini-stroke, the Jones (not their real name) siblings took the opportunity to do some cleaning at his house.
Opening the fridge, they
The common culprits, plus treatments to consider
By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue
Whether it came on suddenly when you were playing tennis or more gradually over many years, knee pain can keep you from doing even the most basic of activities. At the very least, it can limit your ability to move as easily or quickly, or sit in one
The sad truth about pet surrender, plus how to keep owners and animals together
By Donna Jackel for Next Avenue
Alan Killough lost his job around the same time the family cat had kittens. Reluctantly, he and his wife, Lisa Harrison, both 56, took the litter to the nearby Downey Animal Care Center in Downey, Calif.
She made a vow to her father to always tend the family graves
By Diana Reese for Next Avenue
(This article was originally published in May 2014.)
While friends look forward to barbecues and boating during the first long weekend of the summer, I’m making plans for my annual cemetery tour in northwest Missouri.
I promised my dad before he died
Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor’s 23rd Annual Dick Metz Memorial Golf Classic raised more than $17,400 for our Good Samaritan Program.
“Our golf tournament continues to be a huge success from year to year,” said Sarah Griggs, executive director
Research has shown that recognizing the good may improve well-being
By Tina L. Kies for Next Avenue
Her pale blue eyes sparkle when she smiles. Peacefully observing all that surrounds her, she is a history book waiting to be opened. An experience outlines every wrinkle, silently alluding to the secrets, loss, love and happiness that she has experienced