Monthly Archives: June 2015

Alzheimer’s Is Not Always Awful

A few weeks ago my mother came out to the bay area for a visit. Her husband had work to do in San Francisco so she stayed with me in the south bay where I now live. As I have mentioned in past posts, my mother has Alzheimer’s. It is not so bad that she doesn’t know who I am, but she is very limited in what she remembers; her daily care is also affected.

Her disease has also brought out a wonderful and joyous connection for us. I can’t say that our relationship up until her diagnosis was troubled (although maybe I am in denial), but I will say that it was not satisfying to either of us. This has changed completely. And our connection during our four days together was joyous and even fun. We went on adventures and walks and spent the time being together in a peaceful and cheerful manner—something we have both yearned for for decades. It wasn’t easy taking care of her, but I am very grateful that we had that time together.

Here is a post from an online friend who has an amazing blog about her relationship with her mother who also has Alzheimer’s. Susan’s blog is a great resource for anyone going through the Alzheimer’s adventure. She has helped me articulate the positives that have come from my mother’s diagnosis as well as provide ideas and suggestions for dealing with the negative. This post talks about the 7 reasons she visits her mother every day: http://myalzheimersstory.com/2015/06/07/7-reasons-i-visit-my-mom-every-day/

Have you had a relative with the diagnosis? What was your relationship with them like as they went through the disease’s progression?



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What’s In A Name?

My blog needs a new name. I love the current name, but it no longer reflects who I am and what I want to write about. So I need your help.

On October 2, 2013, my son and I spent the day together in Carmel. He was restless and wanted to spend the day away from the 2nd company he had just started as he was concerned that it was not going to be all that he had hoped it would be. I was thrilled that he valued my thoughts as a sounding board. After talking for some time about his business he turned to me and asked me what I was planning on doing. At the time, we were preparing for our sabbatical in Australia and I had not given much thought for my future beyond packing up our place for the renters and moving overseas for 5 months. I knew I was closing down my marketing consulting business but what would be next for me was a mystery and I was going to figure it out as I went along.

My son, ever the idea person, said to me that I should do something to help other mothers be as good a mother as I had been to him and his sister. Of course, I was flattered and touched and then I started to think about it. Out of that comment (and my 24 years as a La Leche League Leader, helping young mothers to learn how to mother their babies through breastfeeding), I came up with the idea to start a blog and I called it, “The Magic of Mothering“. The idea was to write about my experiences of raising kids and to connect with other mothers, both in the trenches and beyond. And on November 21, 2013, I launched this blog site with my first post: I Had No Clue, a post about my becoming a mother.

As we were leaving for Australia, several friends encouraged me to write and share about our adventures there and so I added a section on our wonderful time as empty nesters in Australia and New Zealand. And I added pieces about motherhood and breastfeeding, although that time of life had long passed/changed for me. Additionally I have started to write more about my mother’s Alzheimer’s, although I have only posted a few of these pieces so far.

But the reality is that my life changed significantly when our youngest went off to college in the fall of 2013; I spend more time developing my creative side and on the yoga mat than I do mothering my kids these days.

And so this brings me to the need I have to change the name of my blog as focusing just on mothering is no longer accurate to what I do and what I want to write about. So I came up with a few ideas and would love your feedback.

Ideas so far:

Reinventing Heidi
Life Post Kids
I am Not Old and Dried Up
Post Kids Diary

Perhaps you have an idea after reading my blog. If so, please send me your thoughts on what my blog should be called. And if I end up choosing your idea, I will send you a present!

PS: if you are uncomfortable with posting your ideas publicly, please send me an email. I really want to hear from you!



As a blogger, I enjoy sharing my ideas and thoughts with people, and I get a special thrill when someone leaves a comment. When you share my posts on social media sites, I jump up and down doing a happy dance. So thank you!

Calling All Goddesses

This week I want to share about my annual Goddess Summer Camp Retreats. It is a highlight of my summer and I would love to have you join me.

Divine Feminine Retreat
Goddess Summer Camp
July 9-12, 2015
In the Santa Cruz Mountains, CA

altar Queen
This is me and a friend on retreat!

It’s time for our annual Feminine Path of Power Goddess Summer Camp at Double Bear Retreat Center, in beautiful Northern California.

When we get away from our daily life and responsibilities, we can relax, laugh and share deeply of our unique feminine experience in the world.

Our private retreat center in the Redwoods is a beautiful natural sanctuary with a hot tub, walking trails, yurts and great organic food, with time to relax and time to awaken our inner Visionary.

We have a great group so far with room for about 8 more women. Below is a description of the weekend. Please let me know if you want to join. We would be honored to have you!

For a new intro video to the Feminine Path of Power click here

The Visionary: Walking the Path of Change
In the Visionary retreat we will envision the change we want in our lives.
We will cut through confusion, gain clarity of mind and open our third eye of intuition.
We will embody the Visionary and the path of Change through the story of Pujai.

ALSO: Dance, Yoga, Sacred Robes…

  • Daily Goddess dance workouts with Karen Bandy
  • Yoga with Jessica Jacobson
  • Play with Megan’s Sacred Robes: The Wise Woman, the Warrioress, the Queen, the Visionary and Manifestor!

For a new intro video to the Feminine Path of Power click here

For registration click here

Cost: $695
Dates: July 9-12  (3:00 Thursday – 1:30 Sunday)
Call Megan (650) 364-5171

Thank you Rev. Dr. Megan Wagner PhD for arranging this amazing retreat. Click here to read the blog I wrote last year about my experience. Please note, I do not receive any compensation for your participation—only your delightful company should you decide to join us!



As a blogger, I enjoy sharing my ideas and thoughts with people, and I get a special thrill when someone leaves a comment. When you share my posts on social media sites, I jump up and down doing a happy dance. So thank you!