Taking Care of our Parents – Helicopter Generation

logoI’ve been back and forth from my home to where my parents live for weeks and months and years, depending on their health and wellness.  I’ve always considered it an honor and my good fortune to have both of my parents alive.  They’ve been married nearly 60 years and as a divorced mother of four of my own children, that has also been inspirational to me.

What I haven’t been prepared for, nor is it really possible to understand that when one’s health begins to decline, what is the correct manner in which to handle that situation?

My poor father fell while putting on his clothing and suffered a spiral femur fracture in June 2013.  He has been bedridden since that time, in and out of hospitals, having a variety of surgical procedures and finally last fall the palliative care physicians discharged him to medical hospice in their home.

Watching my mother keep vigil, attend to every need of his, juggling the health care appointments at their home, transport vehicles for procedures not able to be performed at their home, PT, OT, wound doctors, nurses, care providers – it is daunting!

My father was given 2 weeks to 2 months to live, he’s now closing out his 7th month after that prognosis.  The human spirit and the desire to live, no matter what the indignity is inspirational!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 – Dental Distress Syndrome – DDS

Dental Distress Syndrome (DDS) can be responsible for a wide range of unexplained physical and mental symptoms.  Please join Maria as she chats with Dr. Larry Lytle, who has created a low level laser treatment which can be applied to the jaw, neck, shoulders and back to immediately relax muscles as needed and perhaps resolve some underlying physical maladies.


Friday, April 18th, 2014 – Dr. Mario Martinez

Workshops Please join Maria in her discussion with Dr. Mario Martinez, a clinical neuropsychologist as well as  psychoneuroimmunology.  He shares with her why longevity is learned, why most illnesses are learned, how culture shapes perception in addition to our immune systems. 


What’s in a move . . . ?

Dear Friends,

I have been involved with another move.  There is a pattern in my existence and that is one of constant change.  The beauty of life is that the only thing we can count on is change and I’m a forerunner in that regard.

I’ve moved 4 times in the past 3 1/2 years.  I’ve moved dozens of times in my adult life.  It is exhausting, exhilarating, exciting, daunting and an opportunity for personal growth, purging, donating, downsizing and rightsizing. 

Thank you for your patience and your understanding.  We’re getting back to ‘normal’ shortly! 

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 – Knowing Cesar Chavez

PictureA 35-year career in the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), Michael G. Harpold visits with Maria about the mid 60’s when he had the opportunity to meet Cesar Chavez, president of the National Farm Workers Association and their continued relationship.

 Author of, “Jumping the Line”, Mike holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fresno and attended Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. 

Click here for Mike’s website.

Friday, April 4th, 2014 – Colony Collapse Disorder

The decline of the global bee population is estimated to be at about 50% in the last 50 years.  However, since 2006, the bee population is declining by 50% ANNUALLY and in some instances by 90%! 


Please join Maria as she discusses what is referred to as the ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ with Assistant Professor, Bryan Rasmussen of the faculty at California Lutheran University.


A day in the life of a bee is utterly fascinating.  Their conversation includes the life cycle of a bee, the Queen bee, the mating flight and other details.

There are also two events related to the topic if you live in Southern CA. 


For more information Click here.

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 – “In The Heights”

Please join Maria as she visits with two of the stars in the Cabrillo Music Theatre’s Regional Premiere of the Original Tony Award-winning musical, “In The Heights.”  Lano Medina who plays Usnavi and Ayme Olivo who portrays Nina both speak with Maria about their roles in the production as well as their respective careers.

 This is a production you do not want to miss!  It closes on Sunday, April 6th. Tickets are still available at the box office or through any Ticketmaster location, or by phone at 800.745.3000