Articles by Jane W. Barton, Author - Preferred Care at Home
Greetings one and all… Spring has officially sprung according to the calendar. To confirm the arrival of the season, it felt and looked like Spring along the Front Range this week. In fact, a friend of mine noted that daffodils are blooming in her garden. A sure sign of the season. Metaphorically speaking, I am […]
Greetings one and all… I am writing this reflection as a historic blizzard whips through Colorado. AMAZING to say the very least! All along the Front Range, life as we know it has basically come to a frigid standstill. Mother Nature is making her presence known in a dramatic, if not frightening, way. I am […]
Greetings one and all… Today I am enjoying a lovely taste of Spring. Granted, it is a wee bit early to confidently shift into the upcoming season. But the seasonal change is on the horizon—which I find incredibly exciting and life-giving. As I enjoy the warmer temps today and the glorious sunshine, I am reflecting […]
Greetings one and all… This year, I will celebrate 62 years of life. I feel incredibly blessed and somewhat amazed by this birthday. How did I get here? I’m also pondering how the remainder of my journey will unfold in the days, weeks, and years to come. Although I am blessed to be doing what […]
The strict definition of a solo ager or elder orphan is someone who lives alone, has no children, and does not have a life partner. But a broader definition of solo aging highlights the reality that we are ALL at risk of aging solo due to circumstances—the death of a spouse or partner, a divorce, […]
Thank goodness for the moments like yesterday when I awaken to the need to make room for Joy in my life. Moments that aren’t planned. Moments that just happen when my heart and soul need a dose of Joy! Maybe you have felt a similar longing for Joy in your life.
New beginnings generate a myriad of emotions and responses—excitement, anxiety, hope, fear, anticipation, trepidation, fascination, uncertainty, caution, and curiosity (to name a few). Some emotions and responses are more beneficial than others at the beginning of the New Year. By “beneficial” I mean attitudes, approaches, and behaviors that enable us to embrace the coming year […]
I want to wish you and yours a blessed and magical holiday season. A time to remember. A time to create new memories. A time to reclaim your childlike innocence and appreciation of the moment. A time to rediscover the things that bring you joy, that bring you peace, and that bring you hope. A […]
“The memories of past holidays often highlight what has changed over the years and who is absent. Thus, remembering past holidays magnifies what we have lost—and so we grieve.”
“My father taught me the meaning of courage in the trenches of caregiving. I was 15 years of age when I learned of my mother’s terminal diagnosis of breast cancer. In that moment, I learned what fear feels like. And I also learned what courage looked like.”
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