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Mother’s Day and Alternative Home Care for Seniors Newsletter

May 1st, 2012

Here is a newsletter from my friend Sharna Fulton’s company that offers alterative home care for seniors-and a fun idea for mother’s day-
Alternative Home Care for Seniors Newsletter and Memory Jar Idea

New email contact for author of Mom Minus Dad

April 10th, 2012

If you need tocontact me, please do so at effective immediately. I will be changing my contact page soon. thanks! Jamieson Haverkampf

Pan Am Stewardess Career and Mom: Tapping into Old Energetic Knowings

August 17th, 2011

As you and your parent work through all the sorting that happens after the loss of a parent and spouse, at some point you begin developing a new foundation to move forward in life with. One way my mother and I have found helpful to build  new foundations of strength is to tap into old “knowings” where you felt on top of the world(especially images that you can have around the house to remind you), empowered and filled with curiosity and wonder about life. One such memory for my mother was when she was a Pan Am Stewardess in 1967. We were discussing those days recently because of ABC’s new TV show airing this fall called PAN AM.  

Here are a few images we came across recently that help Mom remember her inner strength to continue to incorporate into her life today…..

Caregiver and Loss of a Parent Support: Working With Dreams to Help Sort Through Emotions and Loss

March 18th, 2011

I recently enrolled in the Haden Institute’s Dream Group Leader Training Program. I have been collecting and working with my dreams for the past 15 years. I wanted to recommend a book for those of you who looking for spiritual help with working through your emotions after a loss. Read the rest of this entry »

Atlanta Workshop: Wellness and Writing Connections Conference

August 31st, 2010

On October 22-23, there is a writing conference that blends writing, wellness and healing held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. I have heard it is a good conference to attend if interested in writing and healing.


Roy Fox

“Roy F. Fox is Professor of English Education and Director of the Missouri Writing Project at the University of Missouri. Roy will speak about restoring the self through language and will share his research into how words, when integrated with imagery, can extend and deepen the positive effects of expression. He will also report on his current research into how mental imagery affects the language and thinking of literacy experts who themselves employ writing as healing.”

Brenda Stockdale

“Brenda Stockdale has been the Director of Mind-Body Medicine for Georgia Cancer Treatment Center for over a decade where the latest research in mind-body medicine serves as an adjunct to medical treatment. She will speak about how writing heals: the biological underpinnings of writing for health which link writing and psychoneuroimmunology.”

Loss of a Parent: Selling antique belongings

March 24th, 2010

Sheridan style dining chairs

As I am in the process of selling items from various family members’ estates, I came across this very helpful website by Judith Miller. She writes this incredible guide with full color photos of every type of antique you could think of. If you register on her website for free, you can access estimates of price ranges on items in her catalog. Very helpful for local or ebay sales to give you somewhere to start if you have no idea.

Caregiver support: Selling inherited older ebay type items

March 19th, 2010

Do you find yourself wondering why your parents or grandparents bought something that you are now selling? I’m in the process of selling old items that were given to me or my mother that just don’t fit our lifestyle. Take “Sir John  Watson Gordon” for instance. He’s just a little too formal to say the least-I’m more of a jeans-type of gal-and I have to say he’s not the most happy man I could think of to hang on my wall.  A silly Bill Cosby print or something to make me laugh or smile would really be more appropriate. 

 I’m trying to figure out the best avenue to sell things- especially those over 50 lbs or the ones that are troublesome to ship to an ebay buyer. I’m looking into estate auctions, consignment stores and working with a friend to display them and show them in her warehouse showroom.

We’ll see what works best and I’ll report back. If you have a favorite way to sell your parent’s or grandparent’s older items I would love to hear about it! or even the funniest thing you sold! Please share.

Caregiver Support: Atlanta Produce Delivery Service

March 12th, 2010

I have used for awhile now. Your pick produce off their website and they deliver it in Atlanta next day by noon for $5. the food is wonderful and usually the food is on my door early the next am in time for breakfast. Great time and energy saver.

AARP online community- list of great online grief and loss resources

March 11th, 2010

Take a look at this AARP member’s list of online grief and loss resources- very helpful-

Making Toast- New Memoir about father's loss of daughter and moving in with grandchildren and son in law

March 10th, 2010

Making Toast

Making Toast: New book about unexpected grief and loss and change you never expected. A father’s memoir on losing 38 year old daughter to a heart attack and he and his wife moving in with his son-in-law and his three grandchildren. Under “General Grief” in my Amazon store …

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