The Melba Notebooks, (partially based on material in this blog,) has been published. Anyone who has been close to elderly parents or friends who are in their last years will find these scenes moving; anyone who is living that life experience now will find the Notebooks to be familiar territory, or perhaps, instructive.
Publication Date: February 5, 2014
Bob and Melba marry at the dawn of the Great Depression. A mining engineer, Bob finds work outside the US and is later blacklisted by mining companies after supporting a gold miners’ strike in the Philippines. For several years thereafter he can only find work as an underground miner himself. Melba, Bob and their children make a life, often from scratch, in mining towns around the world, including Quebec, Ontario, the Philippines, Mexico, and the Western USA.
They grow old and frail. Having lived on their own terms, they want to die on their own terms too—at home, away from institutional protocols that tend to sanitize, trivialize, and prolong old age and death. They do so with the help of their children and caregivers. Their story was culled from five hand written spiral bound notebooks that make up a five-year conversation among caregivers about Elder care and terminal care told with clarity, sympathy, humor, and power. The print edition is available at Amazon, and CreateSpace. The e.book is at Kindle Direct Publishing.
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