Anne Frank Said

Anne Frank said, “I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried in my heart.”

Wow, when I was her age, I thought maybe I’d like to be a writer, but who was I to dream that big? No teacher, no parent ever encouraged me, or asked me what I wanted. I was just goody two shoes.

Twenty years ago, while living in New York, a friend of a friend called me and said she would like to see our kissing art collection. I said okay. When she left she said that a book was bubbling in my heart and I should get it out on paper.

Boy, was that food for thought. I had a computer and around Thanksgiving time I thought about writing. I fooled with it, but didn’t know the craft or how to construct the story.

It wasn’t until we moved to California in 1990 that I decided for real that I wanted to learn how to write. So I joined the Orange County Romance Writers Of America and I tried to learn.  I admit it came hard to me, but I had several friends who helped me, and I am still in touch with two of them.

When we moved to Las Vegas, I started Sun City Anthem Authors in February, 2000. That was the best thing that happened to me. I blossomed, I learned and I found that writing from the heart is the only way I can write.

Behind The Mask, my secret journal written when my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 1993 was published this year. You see, in 2000, they changed his diagnosis, and I finally showed him my journal which no one had ever seen. He said to publish it, it might help someone else.

I think this was the most Bershert (‘meant to be) thing that ever happened in my life. Because what lies buried in my heart is all the caregivers going through their grief. I started a new journey, Adopt A Caregiver, and this year I will devote my passion, and my vision to making my dream of wiping away some of the caregivers tears, a reality.

With a little bit of help, I can do 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

Go Purple Sunday

World Alzheimer’s Day, and they said to ‘go purple’. No problem for me, it’s my favorite color. In fact I’m wearing it right now.I hope this day will mean everything they want it to be, for them ,and for Alzheimer’s Disease. This is so important, we must not lose sight of these achievements.

Being aware is so important. I never knew that until I was mugged in New York. I thought we were aware, but someone came up behind us and hit me across the knees. I went down like a bolt of lightening, and my husband chased the man. Lucky me, I’m short, so he never got to my knees, just my thighs. But it has made me aware of anyone and of everything around me.

Being aware is a good thing. Makes you think, makes you care. Makes me want to Adopt A Caregiver.

I went to a fundraiser this morning for the Henderson Hospice, a dream turned into reality.

Hopefully, my Adopt A Caregiver will also be a vision turned into a reality.

Today someone else picked up my blog and wrote about my Adopt A Caregiver program.   So now there are several sites out there who have mentioned my Adopt A Caregiver. a caregiver.

Thank you all for your good wishes, and for spreading the word and planting the seeds. I am watching them spread. It’s a good feeling.

Another good feeling is my granddaughter said I would have my brochures by Wednesday. Thank you Allison for all your hard work; on the book cover, the business cards, and the bookmarks. I love you for who you are. And even that you wrote to Oprah about me and Adopt A Caregiver.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene