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Dan’s Covid-19 Blog #11: Easy does it…

I invited my father-in-law to watch Mission of Honour, a 2018 film about Polish fighter pilots who helped the RAF defeat the German air force. It was not long before I realized that he could not keep up… He was not following the dialogue, the jokes or really the plot...

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Dan’s Covid-19 blog #10: Labour of love

There's an old Christian song rattling around in my mind today, particularly these two lines: "We'll guard each one's dignity and save each one's pride, and they'll know we are Christians by our love…" If ever there was a by-line for my care of my father-in-law it is...

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Dan’s Covid-19 Blog #8: Gratitude for medical support

In this time of Covish, slogging along as a caregiver to a vulnerable father-in-law, I remind myself regularly of just how blessed I am. I do this based on the model of what a Jewish son said his elderly mom always said whenever he complained about something. She...

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Dan’s Covid-19 Blog #7: Simmering

Mount Etna, Sicily 2018 Like a big pot on a stove full to the brim, I am simmering ready to splurch and splatter here and there. Recently I got a flash of insight, a glance into myself when the veil lifted for a second and I saw this ancient simmering stew of...

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Dan’s Covid-19 Blog #6: Alcohol and Covishness

More notes from a Covid-19 Caregiver's journey... Boy am I shaky this morning. Fortunately my pulse is okay (which means no arrhythmia) even if my chest is fluttery with free floating anxiety. The last two nights I must confess I have had a fair bit of scotch -...

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Dan’s Covid-19 Blog #4: Hawking and spitting

More notes from a Covid-19 Caregiver's journey...  Something pretty crucial, a turning point of sorts, has been dawning on me lately. But I'm not going to make the same mistake I made with my mother-in-law, the now deceased beloved partner of 60 odd years. Let me...

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Dan’s Covid-19 Blog #3: A good day today

Notes from a Covid-19 Caregiver's journey... On our walk today. my father-in-law and I agreed that the sky looked like God's pen in his ink well, ready for Him to sign off on the glorious sunny day He has given us. Earlier as I drove my wife over to her temporary...

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Dan’s Covid-19 Blog #2: The joys of gazebos

The gazebo is ready...the furniture out... Notes from a Covid-19 Caregiver's journey... I felt this big push to get the gazebo set up on the back deck for my father-in-law and so on Sunday a couple of weeks ago I did. As I reflected afterwards on the “why” for this...

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Dan’s Blog #26: When we get upset

            When we get upset, as we must from time to time, what is going on and what should we do? You see what you say and do when you are stirred up can have consequences and ramifications for a long time if you are unwise. Wisdom is...

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