Wednesday 18 July 2018

Why I'm So Quiet This Summer

Happy Summer, everyone!

A few exciting things are happening in my life during these hot, sunny weeks at the cottage. 

1) As you may know, we got a new puppy. Daisy is growing and loving the beach, learning to swim and trying to comprehend the nature of deer who wander into our back field. 

2) Later in August, our son Nick turns 30(!), so we are helping him plan his party.

3) Mom is coming up to the cottage for the day this weekend (it's a surprise)!

And mostly, I've been busy working on my laptop, sometimes in the wee hours of the night when I think best. Dr. Zachary White and I are co-writing our new book on the personal transformations that caregiving brings with it. Zachary is writing about identity, perception and language (or lack of it) that we have to describe our individual care experiences. I am writing about advocacy tools, confidence, asking for help and exploring the community for resources. The working title of our book is The Caregiving Transformation: From Loved One to Caregiver. It will be published by Rowman and Littlefield for release in hard cover in the spring of 2019. Of course Zachary and I will keep you posted! If you aren't already a fan, Zachary's blog is The Unprepared Caregiver - it's my #1 favourite.

I hope you are enjoying the summer in the company of loved ones and that caring is a little easier in the warm weather when it's easier to be outside with friends and neighbours. And my last thought to share before I get back to my manuscript - here's a quote I re-discovered yesterday: YOU CAN DO ANYTHING, BUT YOU CAN'T DO EVERYTHING. It's a good message to tell ourselves every single day. 

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