Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living With Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia? You are not alone. With 101 encouraging and inspiring stories by others like you, this book is a source of support and encouragement throughout your caregiving journey. Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect millions of people, and this book is especially for caregivers. This collection, a joint project with the Alzheimer’s Association, is filled with 101 stories of love and lessons from others like you, will support and encourage you as you care for your loved one.
An Unfinished Story
If you’re not already familiar with Sherry Sharp’s story, her article “An Unfinished Story”, in the December 2018 issue of Reach Out Columbia she gives a glimpse into the tragic discovery that unraveled life as she knew it. She shares her personal journey with her husband Richard and their shared battle through his diagnosis of younger onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Through her writing, Sherry desires to lead others into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and encourage interest in the ongoing search for a cure for Alzheimer’s.
The Best Gift Ideas
Sherry Sharp is a frequent contributor to River Road Living Magazine, with 6 articles to date. Her most recent writing, "The Best Gift Ideas", was published in the December 2019 issue of River Road Living Magazine. She brings the joy of the holiday season to life, and reminds us to give the gift of kindness to all.
The Greatest of These
Sherry Sharp is a frequent contributor to River Road Living Magazine, with 6 articles to date. Her most recent writing, "The Greatest of These", was published in the February 2020 issue of River Road Living Magazine. She ties together the season of Valentine's Day with the love that God has for us at all times.
Time in a Bubble
Do you remember when you were a child and having the best time with the super soapy water that comes in the plastic bottles in fun colors? Sure, you remember, after opening the lid, inside is a plastic stick with a hole; you dip the stick and then blow through the hole to create a line of bubbles of all different sizes. Of course, I remember competing with my cousins to see who could blow the biggest bubble before it popped!
Every year around springtime, the following scenario played out with regularity. Rugs got rolled up and sent off for cleaning, drapes came down, and in their places went up light-weight cotton or sheer curtains. Cushions from around the house were taken outside, beaten for good measure with a broom, and left to air out and freshen up with the sunshine. Porches were swept out and scrubbed down.
Time to Ponder
Finding something in this world that unites every human being is rare. Nevertheless, this is where our story begins. After future studies and reviewing all of the data, one day, we may know when the deadly virus COVID-19 entered into our atmosphere and where it originated. In the meantime, speculation, confusion, and raw fear drive many to look for someone to blame.
After seven decades chronicling my life history, if the documentary were a tapestry, I would see it filled with many different shapes and colors. The pattern at times may look nice and neat with delightful shades of color and hues inviting my eyes to rest a while and enjoy the moment. As I continue scanning the tapestry, sometimes the pattern might look disjointed with no continuity, even unattractive making me want to look away and move on.
Have you ever played the game of rope tug where two teams line up on opposite sides, grabbing both ends of a single rope? The strategy is that both teams pull as hard as they can until one team falls. Oh, and did I say that both sides are standing in the mud the whole time? In the end, the team that loses control of the rope ends up falling in the mud. The truth is that since both sides are standing in mud during the “tug of war,” both teams are muddy, whether they “fall,” win or lose.