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Every writer goes through seasons of great productivity, moderate productivity and no productivity; sometimes all in one day. In 2011 I started my first blog, The Determined Christian, and in 2012 I started writing my second blog, Voice of a Patriot. Both were great outlets for subjects that I was passionate about; Jesus and politics. […]

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Every writer has a specific purpose for doing what they do. Some write to share their observations and experiences; some write to instruct or inform, and others write to entertain; there are writers who work to appease an audience, and there are those who write to serve their own ego. We all have a reason, […]

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A few days after my Mom went Home to be with Jesus, I started promoting a GoFundMe page to get help to keep my house. A stranger on Facebook commented that I should have been working instead of watching TV for all of those years. I brushed it off because at the time I was too busy grieving and worrying to care about some stranger’s stupidity. You see, a lot of people really do not understand what being a caretaker involves; even those with family members or friends who are caretakers, cannot fully grasp the life of a caretaker.

According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, there were about 43 million unpaid caretakers across the nation in the 12-month period for which they were reporting. That isn’t surprising. There are still a lot of people out there who care for their families and friends. However, what their page full of statistics does not mention is every caregiver/care receiver situation is as unique as the individuals involved. There are similarities, but when you include personalities, various diseases and level of need, financial situation, outside medical care and many other factors, the variables are countless. I can only speak of my own situation to try to explain what it means to be a caretaker.

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You walk a familiar route. Again, there is litter on the ground. You pick it up and dispose of it when you can. There is always litter these days. And it’s getting worse. Every week there is more. You had hoped your example would inspire others, though that might not have been your full purpose. […]

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After the Great London Fire of 1666, the English architect, Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723) was commissioned to rebuild most of the cities churches. That enormous task involved designing over 50 buildings throughout the city and culminated in the design of St. Paul’s Cathedral – his landmark masterpiece. For his efforts, he received a knighthood and […]

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Reagan’s favorite President, Calvin Coolidge, once gave a speech which had one of his most famous quotes, often misquoted as, “The business of America is business.” The actual line was, “After all, the chief business of the American people is business.” He was making the point that a press could be both purveyor of information […]

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