Food Chronicles

New post on Daughter on Duty

“Mama plays a little game of asking me what is on her plate, often before my butt is in my chair. I tell her, identifying the location of each menu item by points on the clock. She squeals, “Gooood!” before she tastes anything. Just to get the compliment out of the way. If she doesn’t ask, sometimes I wait and see what she thinks it is. She tastes the salmon (her favorite) and asks if it’s chicken.” read more

Books I’ve Read on Aging and Caregiving



I’ve read a plethora of books on the subject of caregiving and aging in the first three years of my life with Mama. Here is my list in no particular order. Well, I guess they are in the order I read them. Favorites are ★.

An Uncertain Inheritance: Writers on Caring for FamilyNell Casey, Ed

Death in Slow Motion: My Mother’s Descent into Alzheimer’sEleanor Clooney

Mother Daughter Me ▪ Katie Hafner

When I Married My Mother ▪ Jo Maeder

Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Our Elders ▪ Mary Pipher

All Gone: A Memoir of my Mother’s Dementia, with Refreshments ▪ Alex Witchel

Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death ▪ Katy Butler

The Fifth Season: A Daughter-in-law’s Memoir of Caregiving ▪ Lisa Ohlen Harris

The Caregivers: A Support Group Story of Slow Loss, Courage, and Love ▪ Nell Lake

Passages in CaregivingGail Sheehy

Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the DyingMaggie Callanan & Patricia Kelley

BettyvilleGeorge Hodgman

Not Becoming My MotherRuth Reichl

A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents — and Ourselves ▪ Jane Gross

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the EndAtul Gawande


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