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  1. Alix Land Says:

    Hello Andrea,

    I got turned onto your blog by a former student of yours — Skye Leslie. I just finished reading, and I want more! My sister is in your shoes, taking care of my 92 year old mom, who lives in “The Place” in North Carolina. I smiled and got a little teared up at the same time. Great writing. Poignant stories. Thanks.


  2. Beverly Hendricks Skiles '62 Says:

    I am so touched by your blog, I find it difficult to describe. This “cyberspace stuff” is so wonderful, especially when it allows us to find things about our old classmates.
    My mother turned 88 in March, and lives in “A Place” here in Sioux Falls. It has been heartbreaking to watch age-related dementia progress over the six years she has lived there. My daily visits have gone from “where shall we go today?” to helping her eat her supper. I now hold the spoon as she once did for me. I only wish I had recorded all of the stories she was once able to tell. I know you cherish every moment you have together, even though it can seem like a chore. I look forward to reading more. With fond memories of WHS ’62, Bev


    • Thanks so much for your comment, Beverly. It’s sad to hear your mother has dementia. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought about how I am now doing things for my mother that she once did for me. It isn’t always easy, you’re right. But you’re also right that the time is precious. And you’re making stories now, together, every time you see her. They’re stories you can pass on, as valuable and as meaningful as any. All the best to you, Andrea


  3. Mark Alter Says:

    Tender. That’s the first word I thought of. Funny, no one else used it until near the end of the comments from all your posts. (I read every one.)

    And so well-written. Now I know why you’re smiling so much these days. I would be too with having found this golden thread. (Thank you for sharing, as we used to say much less sincerely.)

    There is in these great stories much humor of course – the one about the home-made make-up was hilarious – but love as well. If we as a species embraced one another’s humanity this open-heartedly, there wouldn’t be much room for war, would there.


  4. Jane Todd Says:

    I’m so impressed with your writing, Andrea. This topic could easily be depressing or self-indulgent, but you keep the focus firmly on Alice and the palette bright, with just enough shadow to remind us what is at stake. My favorite so far is the episode about the new walker. So I look forward to the further adventures of Alice at The Place–not through the looking-glass but in the looking-glass, i.e., in a mirror reflecting so many of our lives.



    • Thank you, Jane. I think Alice tries to keep the palette bright, and I want to stay true to her nature and spirit. But yes, the shadows are always there, too.

      So good to know that you and others are finding something here that speaks to you, reflecting as you put it. I so appreciate knowing that.


  5. Thomas L. McLean Says:

    It has been a good day for me:

    Kevin and I invented a bio-benign, organic herbicide, I spent a satisfying 3 hours of manual labor spraying the parking lot, was greeted like an old friend by a sweet dog with an Italian name, met you, and was treated to the tales of Alice.

    You write very well; with efficiency, clarity, and an ability to engage deep emotional response. I was delighted to find your blog and read your work.



    • It was fun to meet you, Tom. I hope you and Kevin have hit upon the perfect formula for the troubles in the parking lot. Brio and the other dogs will like your invention a lot better than Round Up, which made them all sick.

      Thank you for checking out the blog and for your kind words. I assume Kevin told you about it. He’s a great promoter and a good friend. I’m so glad you two met.


  6. caregiver Says:

    Thank you Andrea. I was so inspired by your comment I found you here. I have marked your blog and will be happy/sad to follow Alice with you.
    Caregiving is as hard as anything I have ever done. My hats off to all of you, and to Bill, who really hates being the one who is in need. The great news for me is he takes care of me too! Gin


    • Thanks for coming by, Gin. I agree that caregiving can be hard, but I also have such a great time with Alice. There are moments that break my heart–such as when she told me last night that she could not hear Garrison Keillor’s reading. It was, she said, “just a bunch of sounds” that she couldn’t distinguish because of her poor hearing and her nearly useless $6000 hearing aids (long story there that I won’t get into). Yet, earlier in the day I’d gone to see her and we laughed almost the whole time I was there. Overall, I have to say that this is the happiest time we’ve spent together in our lives, and I’m so grateful for that.


  7. barbara Says:

    hi andrea, i LOVE these posts. you are such a wonderful writer. i’m in a terrible mood today for a variety of reasons and you made me laugh and consider the role of my attitude in my mood! thanks for this and pls keep writing! rhoberta said you might like my info on our experience with createspace? if so, just email me and i’ll send it to you.
    again, thanks!!!


  8. ANN Says:

    We met long ago at Wappato Green while walking dogs. (I mentioned my love of Riverhouse and you shied away.) I am enamored again, having rediscovered you by blog thanks to Courtney, for which I am grateful. These stories are especially endearing as my own mother died two years back–and of course, I love Multnomah Channel. You bring these to mind along with your apparent content. As a painter, I feel too inspired to read more than a couple posts at a time, feeling the pilot light of creativity light off my own burner. Thanks for that, too!


    • Thank you, Ann. I’m sorry to hear about your mother and am pleased these little vignettes about Alice might bring you reminders of her. Maybe we’ll run into one another again one day. I hope so.


  9. My partner read “The Riverhouse Stories” to me when we were still newly dating. I was already fascinated by floating homes, and the unique communities that surround them, and your book captivated me. It is still one of my favorite books…whenever we are in a rut in our relationship, I read aloud about Lazy and Pubah. I just wish you had more books for us to read! I’m very happy to discover your blog, and if we ever bump into each other, I will buy you coffee/tea of your choice, and perhaps coax an autograph from you? Thank you for your words.


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