Earth Day Festival in Austin TX 2016

Earth Day ATX Video

My husband and I attended Earth Day Festival in Austin, TX 2016.  Mueller Park is beautiful and a perfect place for this celebration.  I had never been to the park and was just amazed at the oasis so close to home.  

Did you know that the community is a redevelopment of the former Robert Mueller Municipal Airport into a mixed-use urban village in the heart of the city.   It is a sustainable community that is meeting extensive goals in housing and economic development. 

Mueller’s parks, trails and open space weave through the community, establishing a native, local ecosystem and bringing outdoor recreation and education options to Mueller residents, employees and neighbors. Twenty percent of the neighborhood is dedicated to parkland and open space.  Isn't that cool?  Austin IS a cool place to live!!  

Earth Day Festival was at Lake Park within the Mueller Community.  

How Mueller = Sustainability

Click on this link to learn just how 'GREEN' the Mueller community is.  It is amazing!  

  • Open air amphitheater and stage
  • Interactive playscape
  • Picnic peninsula
  • Loop trail
  • Jogger stretching area
  • Public art

 

Here's something else I didn't know about the area: The Thinkery!  That'll be a whole new post though. Very cool!  Who doesn't love a place that has big pigs to welcome you?  

What I Learned Today

Mr. R and his wife are contributors to my upcoming book, Love Still Lives Here.

As many of you know, I am compiling stories of families who care for the loved ones with dementia.  These stories will become a book with...wait for it...yes...PHOTOS!   The title is 'Love Still Lives Here.'  

Mr R. may not remember what the month or year is or how long he has been married, but he can sure play the heck out of his harmonica.

Mr R. may not remember what the month or year is or how long he has been married, but he can sure play the heck out of his harmonica.

I met with a lovely couple today who have been married more than 50 years.  Mr. R is 72 years old and has had symptoms of dementia for many years.  He realized that he was having a difficult time being able to express himself in his work as a writer/journalist.  Things worsened for him and he was eventually not able to work anymore.  

When I asked him what he wanted to tell me about himself, he had a difficult time saying the words he wanted to, but he was able to tell me that he knew something serious was wrong fairly early on.  His attitude is so incredibly optimistic, he enjoys playing his harmonica, loves his wife and his dog, and his story is something you'll want to hear!

He and his lovely wife opened their home and heart to me.  Understandably, this was not easy for her.  She is struggling with caring for her husband while trying to tend to her own health issues.  She worries about the future.  She experiences isolation and pain.  She cares for her husband with a palpable love. 

I wish I could tell you more BUT you'll have to wait for the book!  Please leave some love for them in the COMMENTS section below.  


Love Still Lives Here

I am so thrilled to tell you more about Mr. R.   You know this blog post is just a super short version, right?  His wife shared beautiful stories about Mr R before he had dementia, once she was diagnosed and now.  The love is so evident in the images, but you know I can't show those until the book is out!  Love Still Lives Here will be published by November, 2016.  At it's core, Love Still Lives Here is a book about the love in families and people with dementia.  After years of being in reverence of families caring for loved ones with dementia, I realized these stories of LOVE and DEVOTION need to be shared with the world.  These are the stories so rarely heard.  Love Still Lives Here is about the many expressions of love and will certainly entertain, inspire and open your heart.

Elder Remembrance Photography

  In my 37+ year nursing career, I often cared for elders who had no recent photos.  It wasn't unusual to see people in their 80s whose most recent photos were from their 40s and 50s.  When did our later years become a time not worthy of being memorialized?  Sure, elders aren't smoothed skinned anymore, but there is still that light, that smile, that expression that is so uniquely them.  Elder remembrance photography is about honoring our later years, and recognizing the beauty that is still there.  It's about seeing the love that families have for one another-even within the mundane everyday stuff.  It's my mission to bring Elder Remembrance Photography to life!  Watch for E-Books with simple tips about how to take great photos.  Add some stories about your loved one and you've got magic!  Sign up for newsletter for regular updates!  

Love Still Lives Here

 Mary, Paul and John are contributors to my upcoming book, Love Still Lives Here. 

Today was the first of a series of interviews and photo sessions with families living with dementia.  I want to be able to share their stories of love in the family. After years of listening and caring for people living with dementia/Alzheimer's Disease and feeling rather powerless to help them, I took a leap of faith.  I left my full time job and essentially retired from healthcare and my nurse practitioner career to pursue photography and write this book.  I felt that somebody needed to tell these beautiful stories of how families cope and even thrive in spite of very challenging situations.  'Love Still Lives Here' will be a compilation of inspiring and touching stories and photos taken at their homes.  There will be a variety of dementia stages and types.  It's a book of love stories!

The support has been incredible, and I have to pinch myself every day to prove that this is really happening!

The image is of one incredible woman who cares for 2 of her sons with early onset Alzheimer's Disease.  Her story is touching and her spirit is absolutely phenomenal.  I can't wait to share it with you when the book comes out.  Anticipated publication is by December 2016.

Alice Megliorino, photographer and owner of ForeverLola Photography has my back and did some behind the scenes shots (including this one!) and video for me.  I'm so excited about this project.  

I am so thrilled to tell you more about this wonderful woman Mary and her 2 sons who were diagnosed with dementia at very young ages.   You know this blog post is just a super short version, right?  Mary shared beautiful stories about her sons before they had dementia, once they were diagnosed and now that they require full time help at home.  The love is so evident in the images, but you know I can't show those until the book is out!  Love Still Lives Here will be published by November, 2016.  At it's core, Love Still Lives Here is a book about the love in families and people with dementia.  After years of being in reverence of families caring for loved ones with dementia, I realized these stories of LOVE and DEVOTION need to be shared with the world.  These are the stories so rarely heard.  Love Still Lives Here is about the many expressions of love and will certainly entertain, inspire and open your heart.

Elder Remembrance Photography

  In my 37+ year nursing career, I often cared for elders who had no recent photos.  It wasn't unusual to see people in their 80s whose most recent photos were from their 40s and 50s.  When did our later years become a time not worthy of being memorialized?  Sure, elders aren't smoothed skinned anymore, but there is still that light, that smile, that expression that is so uniquely them.  Elder remembrance photography is about honoring our later years, and recognizing the beauty that is still there.  It's about seeing the love that families have for one another-even within the mundane everyday stuff.  It's my mission to bring Elder Remembrance Photography to life!  Watch for E-Books with simple tips about how to take great photos.  Add some stories about your loved one and you've got magic!