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Columnist Jessie Veeder reflects on having to take a backseat to her family's pack of dogs. "Why?" she asks. "Because heaven absolutely forbid, we ask the dog to move. Nope. No one say a thing about it."
"Maybe flexibility is the point. Maybe resiliency is the purpose. Maybe just living today is winning. Maybe within our greatest losses we are all getting a chance at rebirth without ever leaving our physical bodies. Wowza. How great would that be?" writes Jill Pertler.
Columnist Carol Bradley Bursack responds to some of the things readers commonly ask about her writing and how she chooses topics.
"If I had it to do all over again, I’d try to see people as people. I’d try to see everyone as worthwhile and let them know it. I’d practice the opposite of high school popularity (because I never really was popular) and embrace the geek that I really was," writes Jill Pertler.
Carol Bradley Bursack hears from a reader who feels they weren't given enough information about hospice and other alternatives as as their father went through cancer treatments.
"They are a reminder that childhood is ephemeral. Handprints start out low on the mirror and rise higher and higher each year until they gradually disappear along with the stickiness and innocence of childhood," writes Jill Pertler.

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Columnist Carol Bradley Bursack says lack of consistency can be hard for older adults who rely on strangers to come into their home to help them shower or do other daily tasks.
"Understanding and seeing it all and living it all is yours for the taking — in each moment. String them together to make a lifetime — to not only find, but to create your true purpose," writes Jill Pertler.
Columnist Carol Bradley Bursack says finding a primary care physician with a background in caring for older adults can be a big help.

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