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I am going to the theater tonight! Our daughter and her high school theater company has worked very hard to put on “Phantom of the Opera” and Opening Night is tonight.  I know it will be a fabulous show because the collective talent that the students have is enviable.  Of course, this wouldn’t be possible without the 2 amazing directors, tech director, choir teachers and band director, who challenge, guide and inspire these young actors and singers.  Nor would they be able to perform without the skills of the technicians, art students, band, orchestra, dancers and everyone else involved in the production of the show.  They comprise a team of over 100 people, all working together for the sole purpose of bringing something beautiful to their audience!

(Wouldn’t it be lover-ly if families came together as such for caregiving, for each other?)

My husband will be home, hopefully sleeping, during the performance.  Not because he doesn’t want to go, but because he cannot: CRPS has rendered him disabled and homebound.  However, we have devised a way to do the things we like to do, a new way that works for us.  Our daughter’s biggest fan, my husband will be there in spirit, with me, her other biggest fan.  He will see the show when it’s on DVD, just like he “attends” all of her shows nowadays.  Until then, we will relive and savor every moment, every note of wonderful music when she comes home from the show.

So tonight, I take some time for a diversion that I love.  I’ll feast my eyes with majestic costumes and my ears with glorious melodies.  Tonight, I’ll mend the worn edges of my caregiver hat and emerge renewed!


I hope you enjoy the music & videos of “Phantom of the Opera” below:

Music of the Night

Think of Me

All I Ask of You


Did you know that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed in 1863 that Thanksgiving in the United States was to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November?  Did you also know that part of his motivation had been to inspire American unity between the North and South, since until then, each state decided the date of the feast?  Isn’t that a wonderful thought: unity?

Growing up in a fairly large family, so large that relatives were spread out throughout cities, states and 2 countries, we didn’t all come together often.  We’d take up the whole city!  So when an occasion called for family attendance, it was special and wonderful!  I would see, as a child, faces smiling and chatting to one another, pretty dresses in brights and pastels, curly heads and teased beehives adorned with matching bows, men in crisp button-down shirts quickly melting in the warm tropical breeze.  And I’d hear happy music and watch the wiggly dancers losing themselves in the merriment of the moment.  I loved every minute of this!  It was for me, what family and friends were all about.  We were a potpourri of individuals who embraced their alliance to each other.  When we were together, we were one!

This sense of allegiance and family never disappeared.  Perhaps it ebbed and flowed occasionally, but remained nevertheless deeply and firmly implanted within the foundation of our kinship.  We are fortunate!  For this, and for the many blessings we have received, I am grateful.

I hope that this Thanksgiving brings family and friends closer to each other.  I hope that they recognize their differences, accept them as just that and not make them a reason to stay apart, and move past them to make room for comradeship, caring for one another and unity.

In the words of my 16-year-old daughter, “Love, don’t hate.  Appreciate!”  Wise words indeed!

Happy Thanksgiving!



If you are a caregiver fortunate – and wise – enough to schedule a vacation, beside checking out the weather, the food and the sights that you’ll encounter, you’d be ahead of the game to know about the local scams that you may encounter in some spots.  Before traveling to Europe with a school group a few years ago, my son was warned about the “catch my baby while I pick your pockets” scheme.  Horrified and appalled at the thought of a flying baby and at the audacity of such a “parent,” we discussed how he would protect himself and his money if approached or surrounded by the less-than-pleasant pickpockets.  From what I heard from the tour organizer, these thieves can surround you and get aggressive, so she advised the students to walk in groups of 3 or so and cross the street when she signaled that she had eyed them up ahead.

I happened to get Budget Travel’s electronic newsletter today, which talks about scams and how to avoid them, among other things.  Funny that my mother and I were talking about traveling only yesterday!  Maybe this is a good omen!

I decided that if I’m going to learn about scams to avoid, I may as well “travel” to look at the places where I would need to avoid them.  What better way to remember Christopher Columbus today, than to explore the world he sought to discover!  So, peruse through some wonderful and exciting places below and picture yourself there: carefree, relaxed and loving it!



10 Popular Travel Scams Around the World




South America






Eons ago, I visited San Francisco and was impressed by the cable cars on the streets.  I wasn’t convinced that they would make it up the hills and had visions of them sliding backward in their struggle.  I happened to see one turning around at the end of the line once: it stopped on the track atop a huge circle in the pavement, then the circle rotated like a lazy Susan as the sparse crowd watched.  Neat!

I wondered why they had cable cars there and not in most other cities.  They seemed to be part caboose and part bus.  Did they run on coal or gasoline?

To me, a 3rd grader then, they looked like little old-fashioned trains and imagined being taken back to the 1800’s while riding them.  Time travel!  Today, I still think of them as charming reminders of storybook settings in Victorian times, with ladies sporting large whimsical hats, long skirts and complicated hairdos.  The gentlemen were equally well-dressed in their long tailored jacket, woolen trousers and top hat crowning a whiskery face.  Charles Dickens comes to mind.

These scenes came back to me as my son was getting ready to move there this summer: 1761 miles away from home.

I Googled this hilly City by the Bay and saw wonderful neighborhoods, colorful markets, modern urban settings, artsy weekend festivals, the Pacific Ocean and cable cars!  My mind took a virtual vacation there as my son packed his things and the day of departure approached.  It was amazing to see a picture of the street where he would be staying and the rest of his neighborhood.  Suddenly, 1761 miles didn’t seem so far away!



Cable Car History

San Francisco Guide for Things to Do

San Francisco neighborhoods

San Francisco