On caregivers, faith, and family…

Let go of what you can't change

I can’t say they were really happy moments, but the most freeing moments in my time as a caregiver were those times when I accepted the things I couldn’t change. I think that many caregivers share a secret belief that, if they do everything just right, their loved one will get better. While this may be true in some cases, it is not usually the case when dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The best you can hope for is to accept that their lives are controlled by their diseases, and that the disease is beyond the control of mere mortals. That moment of acceptance is heart-wrenching, but it gives the caregiver the freedom to stop fighting the unchangeable and to spend all his or her energy on caring and love.

Serenity Prayer

Blessings,

Linda

A LONG AND WINDING ROAD: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos

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Why Not to get a tattoo

Enough said!

Blessings,

Linda

A LONG AND WINDING ROAD: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos

Available now at:

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Caregiving hands with scripture

 

My Aunt Fay was a caregiver for many years, and one afternoon when she was sharing some of her wisdom with me, she said this about the elderly: Read the rest of this entry »

six word memoir

Yesterday I was cruising around Pinterest, and did a search for “Memoir Writing.” I was surprised to find several pins about six-word memoirs. The concept is simple and self-explanatory–write your memoir in just six words. The one example I saw was a great one: “I’ll always be a middle child.”

I spent some time–admittedly not a long time, but a little while–thinking about what my six-word memoir would say. For a writer who almost always goes over the set word limit, it was a real problem. The only thing I was able to come up with was this: “Mine would have to be longer.”

How about you? What would your six-word memoir say? Share it with me in a comment.

Blessings,

Linda

Linda Brendle, Author

A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos

Remember their love

The last few years of her life, Mom didn’t always know who I was. She knew who Linda was, but she didn’t remember that I was Linda. When she moved into assisted living, she called all the staff members with long, blonde hair by my name. I guess she remembered the younger, cuter me. Read the rest of this entry »

The tour is over, and we’re back “home” again. I want to take a minute to say one more big thank you to all the wonderful bloggers who posted reviews, interviews, guest posts, and spotlights for A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos. You made the release of my first book a wonderful experiences.

To my readers, thank you for all your support as well. There wouldn’t be much point to writing a book without you. If you missed any of the stops, here is a complete list. Take a minute to visit a few of them and see what some of the early reviewers had to say.

June 17 –  Mormon Mommy Writers – Review

June 18 – The View from a Blank Word Document – Spotlight and Contest

June 19 – Princess of the Light – Interview and Review

June 20 – Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina – Spotlight

June 21 – Pam Thorson – Guest Post – “Caregivers and Heroes”

June 23 – Being Sam – Review

June 24 – Adventures in the Ballpark – Interview

June 25 – Keely Brooke Keith – Guest Post – “Street Teams for Caregivers”

June 25 – Donna L Martin’s ON THE WRITE TRACK – Review

June 26 – Angela Schroeder, Author – Spotlight

June 27 – Kick Start Your Heart – Spotlight

June 28 – Years Full of Grace – Interview

June 30 – Chuck Allen – Spotlight

July 1 – RELEASE DAY! A list of Release Day Blitzers will be posted on that day.

Princess of the Light

Angela Schroeder, Author

Keely Brooke Keith

A Book Lover’s Retreat

July 2 – Princess of the Light – Guest Blog – “The Darkness of Alzheimer’s Can Never Steal The Light”

July 3 – Ink in the Book – Review

July 6 – Mary Beth Magee Writes – Review

July 8 – Emily Ungar, Middle Grade Author – Guest Post – “Where I Write”

July 9 – A Book Lover’s Retreat – Guest Post – “Alzheimer’s Took Mom’s Ability to Read”

July 12 – Writeous – Guest Post – “Will Christianese Sell?”

July 13 – The Purple Jacket – Review and Guest Post –  “Tributes to Those We Love”

July 14 – Ink in the Book – Interview

July 15 – Kathy Pooler – Amazon Review

July 17 – Kathy Pooler – Guest Post – “Five Principles I Learned In Writing My Memoir”

If you have read A Long and Winding Road and enjoyed it, please tell your friends. Also, please consider posting your own review on Amazon, Goodreads or any of the other distributors that allow feedback.

Blessings,

Linda

A LONG AND WINDING ROAD: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos

Available now at:

B&N // Kobo // iTunes // Amazon // Smashwords // Google Play

 

KathyPoolerThis last stop on the blog tour is a special one. Today we’ve visiting with Kathleen Pooler at Memoir Writer’s Journey. On Tuesday I highlighted her lovely review of A Long and Winding Road, and today she is featuring my guest post titled “Five Principles I Learned in Writing My Memoir.” If you visit her site and leave a comment, you will be entered in a drawing to win an ecopy of my book. CLICK HERE

A special thank you to all the wonderful bloggers who made my blog tour a success. I will post their names in a later post, but if you’d like to see them now, CLICK HERE.

If you have read A Long and Winding Road, please consider posting your own review on Amazon, Goodreads or any of the other distributors that allow feedback.

Blessings,

Linda

A LONG AND WINDING ROAD: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos

Available now at:

B&N // Kobo // iTunes // Amazon // Smashwords // Google Play

 

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