Sunday: Balance

My Sundays have always been my catch up day, even to just catch up on a nap. Filing papers away, reading, knitting and sometimes writing. Notice I didn’t mention cleaning or cooking.

Yesterday at RWA (Romance Writers of America) I was inspired to come home and look over an old story I started in 2002. I think parts of it are good, some of my scenes are very emotional, but too short. My heroine is angry, too angry. So yesterday I found out that a book can be about ‘man facing man’. Or in my case my heroine facing herself. I find this kind of writing exhausting; maybe I’m just old, but I want to convey her story  by making her a whole human being.

I rewrote the first page today. An excerpt she wrote into her diary. I have to run it by my writing group and see what they say.

You can go to  Our Sun City Anthem website is finally up, and is just starting to receive our stories. You can go there any time if you want to read some of them. I know a lot of seniors, caregivers who can’t get out, and the t.v. and the computer are their only friends.

That why I started an Adopt A Caregiver program. Everyone in a community knows a caregiver. Just send an email, offer to be their friend. Sometimes they have no one else to talk to. If you want to know what it feels like to stand in a new caregivers shoes, read my book, Behind The Mask. This was written in secret because we were strongly advised not to tell anyone when my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 1993. Thank God, seven years later, they changed the diagnosis and took him off all the drugs, and I finally showed him my secret journal, and he said, “Publish it, it might help someone else.”

That is how Adopt A Caregiver started. I want to give back.I want to wipe away the caregivers tears.

I call it; give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing. Adopt A Caregiver and tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene


  1. It sounds really interesting.
    Why don’t you publish some of your writing on your blog so people give you some feedback and then you’ll have some reference point.
    Love your blog. I definitively have to come back and do some more reading.
    Be loved!

  2. Thank you for your kind comments. I will be reading your blog from now on’s my kind of website.
    I do put some of my writing on my blog sometimes, and have been giving some thought on doing more of that.

    My main focus is Adopt A Caregiver. That in itself is quite a story. If you are interested, I will fill you in on that.
    Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene