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.
Bonjour mes amis, It was a rainy Tuesday in Paris after all as we finally got the steady downpour over several hours in the afternoon. That, of course, curtailed our activity, but not before we made a trip to rue Mouffetarde in the Latin Quarter near Le Sorbonne or Paris University. It’s a delightful, quaint, […]
Dear Friends, It’s Tuesday morning here in Paris, and we have a few raindrops…only a few. The city needs rain badly as it’s only rained one time since our arrival on June 1. Everything is dusty and dry with some of the leaves dropping from trees. Hopefully, the day will bring a good downpour and […]
Bonjour mes amis, Yesterday was a perfect weather day in Paris under beautiful blue skies and 70 degree temps. At least once while we’re here, we try to make a service and communion at the American Cathedral of Paris. I have written about it so, so many times. It’s high Anglican, gorgeous but not gaudy […]
Salut! The weekend began with a bit of trauma for me. I collected some of my dresses, blouses, shorts, and capris to wash on delicate cycle…only to forget to put the water temperature on cold. So you know where this is going…everything including my white blouse and capris came out a teal blue like one […]
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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.