Category: caregiving

Caregiving, Empathy, and Storytelling

Caregiving, Empathy, and Storytelling
Whether I am caregiving for my mother, working as a professional writer and consultant, or as a New Pulp author, one of the statements I frequently hear is some variation of “storytelling is an engine of empathy”. Regardless of my roles as caregiver/ marketing professional/or writer, I find myself dismayed that storytelling (especially digital storytelling)... Read more »

Caregiving, COVID, and Defining the "New Normal"

Caregiving, COVID, and Defining the "New Normal"
Being a caregiver means having a sense of flexibility and improvisation to balancing caregiving duties, work, and self-care. Dealing with COVID-19 in the past year has been especially challenging with everyday activities being reinvented and reconsidered. As Illinois and Chicago transition with more people vaccinated (including myself), our challenge is to determine the shape of... Read more »

2020 Year in Review: Five Things I've Learned

2020 Year in Review: Five Things I've Learned
When 2020 started, I had some big plans: find more freelance and remote work, improve self-care while serving as my mother’s caregiver, and increase my non-networking social activities. Very few people could have predicted the effect that COVID-19 would have on our lives. Rearranging priorities, adapting to new modes of communication, rethinking our work and job search... Read more »
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Five Lessons I Learned Finding Remote Work

Five Lessons I Learned Finding Remote Work
Recently, I experience a major change in my COVID-19/caregiving lifestyle: I was hired for remote work. Job seeking during the pandemic has been challenging, but the transition back into remote working has been much easier than I would expect. My experience freelancing and caregiving helped me develop my skills, but my transition into remote work... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: ChicagoMutualAid.net

Meet Your Neighbor: ChicagoMutualAid.net
After several months of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, many Chicagoans are still facing great financial stresses. Services ranging from the Chicago Public Schools’ meal program to the CTA have been shut down or closed, and many coronavirus relief funds and mutual aid resources are either empty or require updates. With many Chicago residents requiring further... Read more »

COVID-19, Caregiving and Compassion

COVID-19, Caregiving and Compassion
As my mother’s caregiver, I have learned how to handle various aspects of life including job seeking, freelancing, self-care, and creativity. In the midst of the current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, I find myself reflecting on the lessons I am learning about self-discipline in isolation and self-care and how these impact my caregiving effort. One of the... Read more »
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Caregivers & Health Care: A Complicated Relationship

As a caregiver for my mother, I frequently interact with our health care system. Having received a liver transplant ten years ago via Medicaid and Medicare, my mother has also experienced other health consequences including kidney disease, type 2 diabetes, and chronic heart disease. Last Friday, my mother went in for an angiogram on her liver... Read more »

Best of 2019 in Review

To be honest…the first half of 2019 had minimal activity on the blog. Part of it was moving past the infrequent posting in 2018 (yes, I did develop a content calendar…but caregiving duties and other things kept me away from the keyboard). However,  I wanted to focus on finding social media and copywriting consulting work as... Read more »

Some Public Domain Holiday Viewing for Caregivers

Some Public Domain Holiday Viewing for Caregivers
(Updated on 11/13/2021) Although we’ve covered technology, social change, and other great initiatives in the Chicago community, we’ve also focused on caregivers and caregiving…and we thought this year, we would provide a slight change of pace for the holiday. One of the highlights of 2019 was the entry of works into the public domain, allowing... Read more »
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Help Caregivers Feel Gratitude This Thanksgiving & Holiday Season

Help Caregivers Feel Gratitude This Thanksgiving & Holiday Season
As National Family Caregiver Month comes to end, it is important to recognize that unpaid caregiving is becoming more of a national trend. (I should know – I have been an unpaid caregiver for my mother for several years). With Thanksgiving and the holiday season fast approaching, it might be a great opportunity to discuss... Read more »