This memoir captures an improbable journey between a love-starved, Southern belle and an over-eager, homesick Parisian. If you’ve ever been to Paris or have always dreamed of going, this is a must-read full of savvy tips, funny mistakes, compelling drama—all entangled in the tender love story of two people who had mostly given up on a late-in-life relationship. You will chuckle; you will sigh; you will remember; and maybe, you will call your travel agent!
Whether you have chosen to be a caregiver or were hijacked by circumstances, Catch Your Breath, a series of touching meditations by Linda Spalla, will become a wisp of sanity and a day-to-day stabilizer. Spalla retraces an eight month care-giving journey with her mother, captured in raw, candid images, truly becoming a walk in her shoes. What started as a thirty-days-to-live commitment of care in her home turned into an unexpected eight months of never-ending responsibility. You will feel a kinship with the roller coaster of emotions; from anger, confusion, surprise, resentment, guilt and ambivalence, to finally relief, recovery and celebration. You will learn through the various vignettes some refreshingly practical information on such topics as finding sitters, managing medicine, dealing with sibling rivalry, contracting with Hospice, moving to assisted living, doing will preparation and other legalities as well as funeral planning. You will laugh; you will sob; your heart will soar; your heart will break. You will find solace, encouragement and inspiration for one of life’s most daunting challenges. But especially, you will discover your best self, emerging stalwart, strong and forged by the fire of your caregiving experience. Give yourself a gift of renewal and Catch Your Breath.
Dear Friends, This morning I took Bernie to the airport for a journey to France without me. I feel a bit like a lost puppy as we’ve traveled there together for the last 15 years. He will be attending the funeral of his cousin, Jean-Paul Weiss in Alsace near the German border. He passed away […]
Dear Friends, It’s early on Monday morning and we are docked in New York City, ready to disembark. What a night! We hit a terrible storm with 15-foot waves again. Proud to say that neither of us got sick but it was close about midnight! I was dosed up on Bonine and another seasick medicine […]
Dear Friends, I’m sorry that my blogging has been so sporadic, but our internet connectivity has been hit or miss. So I’m doing the best I can. Our cabin steward just stopped me in the hall to let me know that he would be bringing in our veranda furniture for tonight because the weather is […]
Dear Friends, I posted some of these pictures on Facebook, but for those who aren’t on FB, here’s another rendition. We loved the town of Halifax, Nova Scotia and especially Peggy’s Cove, which is a tiny but scenic fishing village about thirty minutes from downtown. History abounds in this area for several reasons: 1. The […]
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Her first book entitled Leading Ladies published in 2003 offers practical leadership tips for women, encouraging them to embrace their femininity as a leadership asset.
In Catch Your Breath, Linda has written a raw, honest series of meditations for caregivers based on her experiences in caring for her own mother. These will evoke both laughter and tears as they offer insight and courage to those caught in the caregiving web.
In Bernie ‘s Paris…Travel Stories with Love, Linda describes with tender and often humorous clarity her eleven years visiting Paris with her best friend and lover, Bernard Verdier, a native Frenchman. From Southern belle to world traveler, she will delight you with her Parisian escapades, her love affair with “Bernie” and hopefully inspire you to fall in love with Paris as she has. Bernie’s photographs will ignite the urge to plan a Paris fling. The book is now available.