My Journal Entries
7/27/2006 2:50:57 PM
Topic: Whew...this one hits home for me
Comment: t's easy to love the people far away. its not
always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to
give a cup of rice to relive hunger than to relieve the
loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own
home. Bring love into your home for this is where our
love for each other must start.
7/27/2006 2:50:39 PM
Topic: A Quote I like.
Comment: Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
2/16/2004 9:03:36 AM
Topic: being in the moment
Comment: I have not done as many journal entries as I thought I would. Do you know why ? Well simply because I was not being in the moment. I would think of something I would want to say and then edit myself or think I need to think this through because it's going out there for " anyone " to see.
Hmmmm...I need remember to live and stop thinking too much...Is there a book out there for Women Who Think Too MUch ?
I am planning on taking time to really look at the games and the website and make some needed changes. I had already changed the 6 week program so i neeed to change it on the website.
Take care - K
2/15/2004 7:28:33 AM
Topic: A poem
Comment: I was sent this beautiful poem and thought i would share it with you all.
Love After Love
The time will come
when with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving at your own door,
in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread.
Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger
who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored for another,
who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
11/20/2003 9:51:18 AM
Topic: KNOW THE PERSON
Comment: The Foundation of everything I have ever talked about is Knowing the Person with whom you are with. I say that becasue it is not just those you care for, but those you work with.
Really the bottom line of any relationship is Knowing the Person.
We need to Know the Person we are caring for.
How do we do that?
I was thinking on that and how we build relationships - no matter who that relationship is with we have a ritual that is similar to that in dating.
We ask questions
We share personal insights
We share dreams
We have hopes together
We hold hands, we hug
We understand their feelings
Pick one person who you work with or care for and begin to build your relationship.
The more we get to know those we care for the better we can care for them
The more we get to know those we work with, the better teams we can build.
11/13/2003 7:37:01 PM
Topic: thoughts from nursing students after a talk
Comment: “you have to look inside, to see the real person”; “you need to look for the positive”; “what she said is true not just about Alzheimers, but about all our patients, whatever disease or problem they have”;
11/13/2003 7:33:28 PM
Comment: okaye. mie jeernal entriy duz know have a schpelling cxehck.
I dew have grahamer prublums.
thiz iz ah 4mal apulogee.
oops. Butt, eit wil hahpen agen
11/13/2003 7:32:04 PM
Topic: i have hope
Comment: " I must have hope. Maybe tomorrow there will be a new medicine a new ... something that can help me. Don't we all need hope ? "
- a quote from a person with Alzheimer's disease
11/13/2003 7:28:14 PM
Topic: On using their name
Comment: I recently was doing a training and preaching the need of using a persons name ( and often) in communicating with them. it helps establish relationship, lets them know "Hey , this person must know me , if they know my name" Can comfort and relax the person. Well and it's just plain nice.
And my friend Bonnie Beam reminded me that no matter who you are through your life: a daughter, a sister, a student, a wife, a waitress, a friend, a mother, an artist, a teacher. Whoever you are you are always Karen.
11/12/2003 9:04:52 AM
Topic: Yes I am Available !
Comment: I really love doing trainings. I love being at conferneces. I have learned a lot with each one I have done and feel like I am getting better at facilitating.
Need trainings ?
Need a conference keynota with a breakout ?
or just need some entertainment?
Send me an email !
11/12/2003 9:01:25 AM
I am not sure if there is anyone reading this, so i think that is why i hesitated in writing more. BUT I need to write it for me and for those of you who are reading. That said.
We have a new calendar up. I will be putting any and all events that I am associated with on the calendar.
I am learning how to update it myself - so their will bne a lot of new items and changes going on.
Take care ! K
7/23/2003 5:07:35 PM
Topic: National Alzheimer Conference
Comment: Hello All !!
I would like to thank all of you who came to my workshop this morning and were such a great and enthusiastic audience!
Also those who came by my poster presentation.
I know some of the " tools " exercises and games need some fine tuning and only about half are up on this web site. But I will get to it.....
Take care all and I hope to hear from some of you.
p.s. to those of you who spoke up during the workshop with good words about the web site or the games... your check is in the mail
6/10/2003 12:24:43 PM
Topic: THE BIG PICTURE
Comment: June 10, 2003
There are amazing people out there doing some very effective and wonderfult trainings and implementing great programs. By all means I do not think my program is IT.
Here it is: I think training needs to be ...
1. on the trainees level
That is my mantra.
Use your existing program and build on with some of these ideas. Use a little of all these wonderful programs - I love the Best Friends Approach concept.
I just want to make a better quality of life for the persons with dementia and a better work environment for everyone working with those individuals.
thanks for listening - K
6/9/2003 8:07:20 AM
Topic: National Alzheimer Conference
Comment: June 9, 2003 7:11 am
Thought I would let you know that I will be presenting at National Alz. Education Conference in July
On Tuesday, July 22 from 12-2 - I will be doing a poster prestation on the "Sometimes Ya Gotta Laugh" show and book.
On Wednesday, July 23 from 8:30 am - 10 am - A workshop on the In the Moment program .
Hope to meet you there !
Take care - K
6/7/2003 7:01:21 AM
Comment: June 6, 2003 6:06 am
This has been quite a journey.
I'd like to thank my web guru, Bill, for his patience with me through this process.
I know this site will be evolving to meet new needs.
The tools, resources and journal will continually to be new.
So thanks to those of you who have already given advice, criticisms and comments and I would love to hear more.
Take care - K