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Debra Guiou Stufflebean

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High Heels should be Worn, not displayed like Trophies

My high heels stare down at me from a shelf like old high school trophies. They represent memories, nothing more. They certainly are no longer practical for me to wear, even if they would go great with the outfit. The last two times I made that mistake, I made a fool of myself. I was convinced that …

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Remembering to say Thank You

Tonight I will lead a Volunteer Appreciation Banquet that recognizes volunteerism for the Shepherd's Center of Topeka, but it will truly mean more than that to me. I think it is important, and what better time to reflect on this than during the month of Thanksgiving, that we remember to say thank yo…

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Sensory Overload

Since writing last, I've taken a road trip to Colorado on my own, and after successfully navigating that adventure, I received a shot of self-confidence. I feel like I'm running as fast as I can to keep a step ahead of Alzheimer's Disease. Everyone assumes that the FIRST thing you'll notice is forge…

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Dizziness

In 2015, I awoke and crawled out of bed, because my husband was having a fit over spilling something on the floor. I assured him it wasn't that big of a deal and immediately bent down to start cleaning it up. Then "no big deal" turned into a "really big deal" when I lost my balance and fell to the f…

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What is MCI?

No, I’m not talking about the airport in KC. I’m talking about a diagnosis I received earlier this year - Mild Cognitive Impairment. This is the new politically correct term for a person who may be in early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. I’ve been very forthcoming with members of my family, my churc…

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Who's Lying?

I'm trying to work through in my mind how I feel about the up-roar over Brett Kavanaugh. I have no reason to think that  Christine Blasey Ford is lying as I cannot imagine any woman putting herself in the line of fire where she now even receives death threats. I also think about how many people have…

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Plucky old Gal

I'm blind as a bat without my glasses, but like a bat I have sonar capability. I'm walking my dogs when it became apparent that a mosquito got trapped behind my glasses. I removed them, put four dog leashes in one hand and proceed to beat myself in the face with the other hand. Geez the mosquitos ar…

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Adjusting to Change

I'm mad as hell and I'm not taking it any more - except that I'm not really mad - I'm sad, and the reality is that I have no choice but to accept the human condition of aging. What's the alternative? Death? Perhaps it is the lack of control that I find myself butting up against. I am married to a ma…

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Is Most of America in the Middle?

I read a newspaper article today about the rising Democratic Socialist party. It's the bookend of the Republican Tea Party. At times like this, the last thing we need is even more polarization. For several years I have found myself more in the middle than what either party platform was promoting. I …

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Giving Birth

I can't get over the similarities between writing a book and birthing a baby. Months go into the preparation of a story during which time it grows. Recently I did an expanded and revised second edition of my book, "A French Huguenot Legacy." It took many late hours, not to mention many LONG hours si…

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