Yes, I have Anthem Authors Homework that should have been done last week. Now it’s due tomorrow, and I can’t let my team down.

We are preparing for our Memoir Workshop on March 17th. I hope we will be able to put this workshop up on our Anthem Authors new website.

Moving back to California. So much to do to clear out 10 years of stuff from a 3,000 square foot house. And I’m the packrat in the family. Guess I will have to change.

But looking at everything is fascinating! I have letters from my children from 40 and 45 years ago and I want to read each and every one because they are still so precious to me.

Also I have drawings fromn my grandchildren and I had so much fun reading their letters and drawings to us. We always knew we were special grandparents and this confirms it.

My new grandson in law has been calling the bank about a property nearby, and the woman at the bank finally asked why this was so important to him. His reply: “My wife’s mother lives about two blocks from us, and we want Gram and Pop Pop near us too.” The woman was stunned. and said something like, your wife’s mother lives two blocks from you and now you want your wife’s grandparents to move that close too. You must be one exceptional man. You are Rick!

Have to do my homework now, it was due a week ago. Tomorrow morning we have someone coming to look at the house so I won’t have time to do it tomorrow.

Talk to you tomorrow night.

Keep love and kisses in your life.

Adopt A Caregiver and tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Give Yourself A Break

There isn’t much good news out there. So give yourself a break. Light a candle, have a cup of tea, be grateful for the day and the sunshine (if it’s there) write down some things you are grateful for, especially the little things.

We are working hard around our house, going through files, books, all kinds of stuff so we can move back to California. Didn’t we pick a great time to do this?

My husband’s car is in the garage. We have areas for trash, Goodwill, garage sale, and the Henderson Senior Center since they are kind enough to take books, pens, paper, all manners of odds and ends. I told them they will probably need a bigger center. I hope it helps them, even if they have a garage sale They are the hardest working people helping people I know. I salute you guys.

In my office, I have done about 25%. I still have drawers, file cabinets, pictures, junky things that I like and will have to get rid of. I keep telling myself, the move will take months, maybe a year or two with the economy the way it is and getting worse every day.

And then I give myself a break, and tell myself I will have more time for Adopt A Caregiver and for my writing. I have many writing projects to finish. My memoirs, short stories, First Lines, and ideas for two books, maybe three.

I will keep in touch with my friends, old and new. I will treat myself gently. And I will get my office cleaned out and better managed in the future. (Ha Ha)

I am grateful for everything I have. I feel blessed and I am going to be so happy to be back with my family.

Give the gift that lasts foreve and costs nothing. Adopt A Caregiver and tell them your friend Helene set you.

Keep love and kisses in you life. Helene


I’ve been distracted all day. Hurting from the wet damp weather, and unable to nap or sleep well, knowing I have several projects waiting for me. One is due tomorrow, and that is part of the Memoir Workshop that Anthem Authors is presenting in March. I have it down in my head, but haven’t written it out yet, and we are supposed to be doing a dress rehearsal tomorrow at 3 p.m.

That means tomorrow morning before I do anything else, I have to do that project. I have to call several friends and have some business calls to make also, which means I will be distracted again.

It seems like my life is moving about 85 miles an hour.

We have decided to move back to California to be close to our children and grandchildren. More about that tomorrow.

In the meantime, 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

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 www.AnthemAuthors.com.¬† 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

Caregivers, You Are Number One

Yes, you are number one and that is as it should be. You need to treat yourself gently. Give yourself a break, don’t knock yourself down. It’s hard enough, without you thinking negative thoughts. I know it’s difficult, but try to make an effort.

Today I am grateful for my Anthem Authors Meeting, we only had nine attend, but we all read something. I am grateful to know such talented, interesting and really nice people.

Today, I am grateful for my new Hanukkah gifts, I love them. A cuddly throw, a beautiful big bag, (to carry books) a sweet smelling soap, and a picture of my granddaughter and her new husband. What more can anyone ask for?

Today, I am grateful that my Chronic Fatigue has eased up to the point that I can function again.

Today, I am grateful for my husband, who did so many errands yesterday and today did paperwork all day, my family who continue to call long distance at least 5 times a week. I am very blessed!

Today, I am grateful that the winds stopped, and the sun came out. Even though my Fibromyalgia body hurts, I’m smiling.

Today, I am grateful for all the good friends I have made on line. And those who chose me because they believe in my vision for Adopt A Caregiver.

Today, I vow that I will write to all the people who have emailed me at my blog, or bought my book and I will send thank you notes to many of them. I won’t do this today, but will do it over the next few days.

What are you grateful for?

What do you want to happen?

Give the gift that lasts forever, and costs nothing. Adopt A Caregiver. Tell them your friend Helene sent you.

If you don’t know how a caregiver feels, read my book, Behind The Mask.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Weather Not Permitting

Looks like the weather will not be permitting us to leave tomorrow for California.

We can go on Thursday, not a real problem, just a tad disappointing.

There are more important things in life, aren’t there? It might be a good time for me to catch up on things here at home. Maybe get some knitting done, write some comments on other blogs which I like to do. And check myself on Facebook, seems there is never the eough time to do that.

I also want to write to all the caregivers who wrote me recently, I’d like to catch up with them. Tell them my plans for Adopt A Caregiver will be moving along in the coming year. I have just about finished writing up my vision/goal plan; I might even put some of it up here next year for all of you to read.

The story I wrote last week is now posted on our Anthem Authors website. www.anthemauthors.com if anyone wants to read it.

I wrote to a few of our brave heroes whereever they are. I thank them all for keeping us free.

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

My Head Is Whirling

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The days are flying by. I’m eating too much, thinking too much about how to market Behind The Mask, waiting for more comments and feedback and not doing any exercise. That pretty much sums up my last couple of weeks.

I’m still taking orders for Mask, mailing a few every day. It’s not on Amazon, yet.

Today I had my writing club, Anthem Authors, or as my husband fondly says, “My wife is going to AA today.” I love the variety of stories, memoirs, essays, novels read by my fellow writers. Unfortunately, I haven’t been reading anything new, because I haven’t been writing.

When I get into this kind of writing slump, I write lists. Or take words out of the thesaurus and write a short story using disjointed words. One of the best short stories I wrote stemmed from the words: bum, bookstore and one other that I can’t remember.

Lists are great. They can be to-do lists, word lists, lists that bring forth memories for writing your memoirs, any kind of list will do. I’ll share some of mine with you from time to time.

Another kind of writing I love to do is write First Lines. Instead of facing a blank page and wondering what to write about, I keep several first lines available. I can share them with you if you like, writing is a great hobby, and a great healer.

Tomorrow I’m going for a computer lesson. Then it’s off to the knitting store. A favorite place to hang out, buy beautiful new yarn, and not think about the things I should be doing.

Come back soon, and I’ll have a list of my lists written down, and I’d welcome any feedback as to what you do with your lists.

Until next time. Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene