Clark Gable, Rita Hayworth and the plight of a caregiver…

first_img Reply June 17, 2018 at 6:48 am Reply Reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 June 18, 2018 at 7:29 am I’m still smiling…enjoyable read! Great way to start the day. Thank you Charles and have a blessed day! Reply charles towne Ohhhhhh, how sweet and precious that was to me! It reminded me of conversations my dear-departed husband and I have shared in the night. No matter the subject or even frustration because of wanting to sleep instead of talk, I will always remember them with a smile….and wish I could have more. Thanks Chuck!! God bless you and Nancy. I absolutely love this column and while the life of a caregiver is hard, I’ve found that these kind of conversations with my parents brings me humor and helps direct my attention away from what’s worrying me and puts my attention soley on making them happy. Great work Chuck, God Bless.– D.L Reply June 18, 2018 at 6:44 am Dear NH, perhaps it is a special relationship thing between husbands and wives that such things as this can bring a smile to our faces. God bless you dear friend. Chaz Thank you EJ! You take us to another level pal. Blessings and happy daddy’s day. Chaz Reply Don, blessings on you my friend. Chaz 16 COMMENTS Reply EJ Reply Reply June 18, 2018 at 8:02 am TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleOut of focusNext articleWhat Mindfulness Has Taught Me About Father’s Day Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR June 17, 2018 at 9:09 am Thanks for the early morning chuckle. God bless you and Nancy. charles towne Reply June 18, 2018 at 8:22 am June 17, 2018 at 7:11 am Please enter your name here Reply June 18, 2018 at 12:57 pm I wish I could remember some of the conversations that Betty and I had. I know that she really enjoyed some of our walks around the pathways at FLNC. She especially liked our daily stop at one of the gazebos, where we would have our daily devotions. The last two times we stopped at our gazebo, we had to rush back to Betty’s room. She was too sick to stay away from her oxygen for very long. I remember on my birthday, Betty telling me “I don’t want to live any longer” and when I asked why, she mentioned the pain she was having. She mentioned it twice that day! I simply mentioned that she should pray to God about that, and He would understand! Three days later, Feb. 22, Betty told me twice “I want to go to Heaven!” and again I told her to pray about it. Sunday, Feb. 25th, while a Hospice Nurse was there, Betty called out loudly “DON!” and when I went over to her she simply said “I WANT TO DIE!” It was all related to the pain that Betty was feeling and from that time on they increased the pain meds they were giving her and she simply closed her eyes most of the time!March the 6th and Just before Midnight, the Hospice Nursed called me and said that Betty wasn’t expected to last the night. At that time I called my best friend, Charles “Chuck” Towne and asked if he would pray for me and Betty! Shortly after Midnight, March 7th “Chuck” surprised me by walking into Betty’s room and stayed with me until early in the morning. Betty passed away at 3:41am in the morning. When I looked at the devotion we normally read each day, the one for March 7th was from John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives.” I feel that Betty and God had spoken the words I needed to hear and remember! Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here What a sweet story and thank you for sharing it. Blessings on you for your patience and kindness, even when you were tired and needed sleep! I love hearing about Nancy’s late night giggling and her sense of humor. It’s nice to read about your finding some precious moments in a very difficult situation. Understanding that the statute of limitations has ran its course I can discuss some of the things I wondered about as a kid…I can remember laying in bed at night and hearing whispered pillow talk, giggles and low laughter coming from my folk’s bedroom and wondering what’n the dickens was going on? It was only years later when I was married and had a family of my own that I was able to figure it out. O.K., so I was a slow learner! You take care pal, Chaz The Anatomy of Fear center_img CSG Richard charles towne Chuckle! “Chuckle” did you say? Was that meant as a pathetic and very sarcastic play on my name? See, there went any sense of logic I might have possessed! i am glad you liked it Mike, you have a blessed day. Many blessings pal on you and the family. Chaz InspirationBy Charles Towne Many times, just as we are crawling into bed after a long day of living and I have closed my eyes in anticipation of an exciting journey into the land of Nod my darling, my dear sweet Nanny wants to talk.I have at times been somewhat frustrated by these nocturnal excursions into the realm of communication, but they are important to her, and usually, if I listen, something insightful occurs. The following is an example:Nan: “Charles?”Me: “Uh huh.”Nan: “I love you.”Me: “I love you too sweetie.”(We cuddle.)Nan: “I really enjoyed that movie.”Me: “What movie?”Nan: “You know, the one with Clark Gable and Rita Hayworth.”Me: “Oh yah, that one.”Nan: “Charles?”Me: “Uh huh.”Nan: “Are you listening to me?”Me: “Yes honey, of coarse I’m listening to you.”Nan: “Is Clark Gable still alive?”Me: “No, He died quite a few years ago.”Nan: “No, he couldn’t have!”Me: “Yeah, I’m sure he did.”Nan: “He couldn’t have!”Me: “Why do you say that?”Nan: “Because I just saw him in that movie.”Me: “So?”Nan: “Well silly, if he was in the movie he must still be alive.”(I lay there staring into the darkness wondering when it is going to end.)Nan: “Charles?”Me: “Yes honey.”Nan: “Is Rita Hayworth still alive?”Me: “What do you think sweetie?”Nan: “She must still be alive “’cause she was in the movie too.”Me: “Oh sure, that makes sense.”Nan: “What makes sense?”Me: “That they are still alive.”Nan: “Who is still alive?”Me: “Clark Gable and Rita what’s her face.”Nan: “What about them?”(Oh my goodness, I have created a monster!  But then, after all, she is my monster.)Me: “What about who?”Nan: “You know, Clark Hayworth and Rita Gable.”Me: “Huh?”Nan: “Let’s go to sleep now.”Me: “O.K.”(I lay there staring into the darkness with unseeing eyes.  All I can envision is Rita Hayworth beating up on Clark Gable.  (Poor Clark) and I am wheezing from my C.O.P.D.)Nan: “Charles.”Me: “Uh huh?”Nan: “You are wheezing.”(She giggles.)Me: “What’s so funny?”Nan: “I was just thinking about what I am going to have written on your gravestone.”Me: “What are you going to have them write on my gravestone?”(More giggling.)Nan: “She took his breath away.”(Aint it the truth?)A HUSBAND’S AND A CAREGIVER’S PRAYERDear God, you are wonderful and gracious in your giving!  You have said that you would not withhold any good thing from them that love you so I guess that means that you will give good things to those that love you and you know that I love you so very much.  I thank you for my darling wife because through her I am learning of your great love for me.  Help me to always be ready to laugh.  Help me to be gracious in all things.  Again I say, thank you for my darling.  In Jesus’ holy name I declare it, AmenCharles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. June 17, 2018 at 4:08 am Don Young NH Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter charles towne June 17, 2018 at 4:20 pm June 24, 2018 at 12:07 pm Dear Kristin, when folks enjoy my nostalgic little excursions it brings me great joy. Yes though the journey is at times more than difficult it has its moments when all I can do is raise my voice and praise God for His great love as evidenced by His incredible mercies. May you be overwhelmed by His wondrous love. Chaz June 17, 2018 at 2:55 am It was my mother that had dementia, not my wife but even so, your words bring many memories not only of my mom, but of every lady I think I have known! Papa God seems to have given them a logic we males are forever barred from understanding! As my grandfather explained when he was teaching me about nature, it seems designed to insure that we just ” shut up and listen! ” God bless us all, each and every one! A persons Perseption is their Reality! And we must allow each other that Right even when we think it Wrong. Someone once said a long time ago. What is Truth? Love is Always the Always the Answer Kristin Reply Logic? Richard, you are talking about hooman beans here and you speak of logic? I have arrived at the conclusion that we are ALL a tad demented. AINT IT GLORIOUS? Now if by chance you were to ask some folks for their opinion, Mama Mia for instance, they would vehemently deny my “demented” comment but that just serves to prove my point. May Papa God Bless each and every one of us nut-cases. Chaz charles towne charles towne June 18, 2018 at 2:13 pm Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate June 17, 2018 at 2:51 pm Reply June 23, 2018 at 8:53 am charles towne Mike McFadden June 17, 2018 at 2:46 pm Memories, O such sweet memories. Dear CSG, the great indescribable bliss that comes from remembering those bittersweet occasions of tender love you hold dear. Yes, bitter because they were so few, but sweet because they touch us so deeply. There are times, more frequent than I care to admit, that I wake in the night to silence… yearning to hear my Nancy’s sweet voice… Please forgive me for the brief sentimental journey. May Papa God hold you close, Chaz Don Lindsey Reply Reply Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply charles towne Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Many hands make light work of New Year’s bash

first_imgLifestyleEntertainmentNewsMany hands make light work of New Year’s bashBy Alan Jacques – December 5, 2013 826 ALMOST 2,000 people have been recruited and resourced in just eight weeks for Limerick City of Culture 2014’s New Year‘s Eve extravaganza.Details of the pageant  and City of Culture ‘NYE Sky’ have been unveiled with a promise of being “the most exciting and exuberant interactive family event” Limerick has ever seen.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The spectacular end-of-year bash promises to transport the streets of Limerick into a wonderful fairyland full of fantastical characters, glowing floats and magical music, with both skies and terra firma being brought to life.According to a press statement this week, the difficult task of creating this world-class show has been achieved in an “impossibly tight timeframe”. Involved in putting together this breathtaking project were: producer Joe Clarke, creative director Paul Boland, University Concert Hall, LITMT, Lime Tree Theatre, Murt Whelan Sound, Frontline Theatre School, Spotlight Stage School, Expressive Arts, Limerick Youth Theatre, Limerick Youth Choir, Cantet, Limerick City Hall, Peter Dee’s Academy of Music, Limerick Gospel Choir, Honest Arts, Music Generation, The Learning Hub, and many more on third level co-operative education placement.City of Culture chief executive Patricia Ryan is now predicting “the biggest and most magnificent occasion that Limerick has ever seen” on December 31.“The City will be illuminated like never before, breathing new life into every nook and cranny. It will be the celebration of all celebrations to kick off Limerick as the National City of Culture 2014,” she said.“The positives the City of Culture will bring to Limerick with this event alone are extremely substantial. It’s hugely encouraging to see 900 volunteers getting involved together with over 700 kids and teenagers across 20 Limerick schools working together to make this wonderful world class event happen,” she added.From 6:30pm on New Year’s Eve, a procession will be led by the multi-award winning street theatre company Bui Bolg through the fully pedestrianised streets of Limerick, along the banks of the River Shannon to the Medieval Quarter.Son et Lumiere, will turn the city and its night skies into a live storybook using cutting edge digital mapping and special lighting effects which will be projected onto Limerick’s historic buildings. Live narration and accompanying specially composed music will bring ‘The Story of the Boy who Looked for the Trout’, written by local playwright Mike Finn, to life.There is an open call for children and adults in Limerick to get involved in the City of Culture NYE. For more information contact #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Get ready for the New Years Eve Firework display in Limerick City TAGSCity of CultureMusic LimerickNew Year’s Eve Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Print Linkedin Twitter Previous articleMunster favourites over FrenchNext articleEditorial – lend me your ear to fix the problem Alan Jacques center_img Email Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Facebook Advertisement #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more