On caregivers, faith, family, and writing…

bus-stop-signI’ve been AWOL today–absent without official leave. I was visiting with my Aunt Fay, the same aunt I talked about in my interview with Mrs. N on Stop #3.  While I was visiting her, the rest of the tour group visited with Sara Henderson who spotlighted A Long and Winding Road on her beautiful blog called Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina. Hop on over and take a look around.

Tomorrow we’ll be stopping at Pamela Thorson’s blog, Unstoppable, where you’ll be able to read a post I wrote called “Caregivers and Heroes.” While you’re visiting with Pamela, I’ll be visiting with my brother Jim and my sister-in-law Jo Lynn who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. You can read more about them and about Aunt Fay in my memoir when it is released on July 1.

To see the complete itinerary for the tour, CLICK HERE.

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A Long and Winding RoadAbout the BookSometimes reality really bites. Alzheimer’s has wrapped Mom’s brain into knots, vascular dementia has attacked Dad, and, instead of carefree retirees, we have become caregivers. Regardless, dreams die hard, and we somehow stumbled into the purchase of a forty-foot motor home. That’s when all four of us set out on this seven-week trek across sixteen U.S. states. Now, Dad stopped-up the toilet again, Mom wet her last pair of clean jeans, and David just announced that he was hungry. My head is beginning to pound, and I know this isn’t going to be the easygoing retirement we’d imagined for ourselves.

Linda Brendle takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotional and spiritual challenges that many families are facing right now. Co-dependency, mental breakdowns, and finding love after divorce are just a few of the issues weaved into this journey of caregiving. Whether you’re looking for an inspirational story to help teach you how to “let go and let God,” considering becoming the caregiver for one of your own parents, or are just looking for an entertaining travel book, this story is sure to strike a tender nerve.


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