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Book Review: When I Married My Mother

By Elizabeth Willse
The title of Jo Maeder’s honest and sweetly funny memoir refers to the three years she spent caring for her aging mother in Greensboro, N.C.  In her late 30s, Maeder gave up a successful career as a New York City pop radio DJ in order to care for her mother, Mama Jo.  Mama Jo had lived alone for decades, her…
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Family & Friends · Lifestyle

THANKGIVING ODYSSEY Liveblog#5: Dinner with Mommie

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
Click here for installments number one, two, three, and four of this chronicle by WVFC publisher Patricia Yarberry-Allen, writing of her travels home for a major family Thanksgiving. (Ed.) Mommie expected us at 10am to bring her home for Thanksgiving Day.  She was dressed in her winter coat waiting since it was 10:05am when we arrived.  We wanted her to…
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Family & Friends · Lifestyle

THANKSGIVING ODYSSEY: Liveblog Number Four

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
I woke on Thanksgiving Day at 4am with a terrible sense of things all gone wrong.  I was in my mother’s home and she was in a nursing home.  We had arrived last night after 15 hours on the road and had been just too tired to make sense of much.  The boxes of ingredients for the Thanksgiving dinner had…
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Food & Drink · Lifestyle

Thanksgiving Odyssey Liveblog #3: The Tale of a Turkey and the Trimmings

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
(Third installment in Dr. Patricia Yarberry’s ongoing chronicle of her life-changing holiday trip home — a trip born of change and time, and evoking far more. ) I am travelling from New York City to my birthplace, Columbia, Kentucky to recreate in my mother’s kitchen, Thanksgiving foods from memories.  My mother is ill and can no longer live without skilled…
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Lifestyle

THANKSGIVING ODYSSEY 2008: Liveblog Part One

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series by Patricia Yarberry Allen, WVFC’s publisher, as she drives south on an unexpected  journey home for Thanksgiving. Road trips across the American landscape are an important part of the 21st century romance of Thanksgiving as fragmented families sacrifice to make the family whole for at least one day a year. The…
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Family & Friends · Lifestyle

Memories of Mommie: Madeleines and Men

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
by Patricia Yarberry Allen It is that time.  Mommie is 89 and then some.  She felt unwell and then worse.  Her careful local general doctor in her town referred her to the regional hospital in Campbellsville, Kentucky.  Mother is now a patient at the Taylor County Hospital there.  She has a great many diagnoses as her body is feeling its…
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