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A Caregivers List For Santa

Dear Santa,

I know it’s Christmas Eve and it’s late to be sending a Christmas wish list.  And, I know I’m a little — strike that…way — too old to even be writing. But, if you haven’t loaded up your sleigh with mounds of gifts for the 65.7 million family caregivers (that’s a WHOPPING 29% of the U.S. population*) can you work your magic.  The list is short.

  • To hear the simple words Thank You for all you do!
  • A copy of the #1 New York Times best seller, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant” from Roz Chast.  To laugh, cry and know you are not alone is a gift.
  • I know this is a big one, but you can work on it throughout the year, government policies to help family caregivers financially and emotionally.

P.S. Since you and Mrs. Claus are getting a little older, you have a vested interest in taking care of the caregivers.  I guess that means the elves in your case.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



*Source: Family Caregiver Alliance

Dad and the Millionaire Matchmaker

The Millionaire Matchmaker. Photo: Bravo TV

My dad is very current on pop culture and reality TV.  He can chat about the antics of Justin Bieber to the upcoming season of Survivor.  And, I’ve been introduced to Deadliest Catch, Storage Wars, Container Wars, Bar Rescue, Mystery Diners, among other reality TV shows during my visits.

But, yesterday, was a first.  After my dad and I had lunch, we strolled back to his room and he turned on the TV…all very routine so far.  I started sorting through some mail and then I heard the words, “hook up” and “no sex on the first date” blaring from the TV.  Then I realized Patti Stanger, of the TV show The Millionaire Matchmaker on Bravo, was answering viewer questions about dating.

I didn’t say a thing while the show was on and after about 15 minutes, my dad nonchalantly turned off the TV and said it was time for the scenic drive with the other residents of his assisted living community and off he went.  I’m not sure if he was watching the show or had it on for background noise. 

When my dad was a young man, The Dating Game was the matchmaking show to watch.  Can we click our heels and go back to a more innocent time.

Marin News: Holiday Arts and Crafts Events

Burrrrr it’s cold outside.  Perfect time to bundle up and check out these arts and craft events happening this weekend in Marin.  There’s something for everyone from homemade crafts to fine art.  P.S.  All these events are free and have parking (including a few handicap accessible spaces).

Margaret Todd Senior Center Holiday Crafts Faire

Friday, December 6th, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday, December 7th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

1560 Hill Road, Novato

Mill Valley Community Center Holiday Craft Fair

Saturday, December 7th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

ICB’s 45th Annual Winter Open Studios

Saturday, December 7th 11 a.m. – 6p.m.

Sunday, December 8th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

480 Gate 5 Road, Sausalito

ICB (Industrial Center Building) winter open studio is a chance to see the artists’ studios and purchase their work.  Artists’ in all mediums (painting, sculpture, fabric arts, jewelry, photography and multimedia productions) have studios at ICB.  P.S.  There is a great little low-key cafe across the street from ICB if you want to get a bite.  It’s called Anchorage Five and has delicious food and friendly service.  It’s open until 3PM on weekends.