Those of you who come here regularly have surely noticed the sporadic sprays of postings followed by long silence that’s become a pattern over the last year or two. For that I’m sorry for my original intent for this blog was always to provide regular postings. However, when you’re an only child with two elderly parents in their 90s their personal needs can easily override most other priorities.
During the last few years I’ve been in a fortunate position in my writing life because I haven’t been under contract for any books. Most of my focus has been devoted to story development for a new book project. Five to six years ago I assumed the caregiving role for my parents. At first the demands were few. But as time went on and, in particular, my father’s fight with emphysema became harder and harder, the demands on my time and energy grew. The past two years resulted in my gradual move into their home. My dad’s battle grew in intensity the past year and finally became all-consuming. He required hospice care here at home April 10th and gave up the fight April 22nd. That explains my absence.
I’m still taking care of my mom and now must take care of all those things that require attention after someone passes away. I’ve also developed some health issues the past few months, probably as a result of chronic and acute stress, so I don’t plan to do much blogging for the rest of the month. I need to rest, gather my thoughts, and let my energy rebuild. I hope to resume posting in June. You can view the tribute page to my dad online and, if you scroll to the end, you can also leave a message and/or sign the guest book, too. Thank you for your continued patience. I’m looking forward to hitting the keyboard once again.