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Practicing Personal Peace in the Outdoors

1st Respite Retreat Group


On Monday, July 10, from 11am – 2:30pm, a small group of seven caregivers from Concord, NH, visited our home and gardens. They found the trip from Concord was direct. The pilot retreat program (free-of-charge for participants) included: 11AM Arrival & Orientation; Small Group Sharing (45 minutes) 11:45AM Silent Exploration/Practicing Personal Peace in the Outdoors […]

2007, Margaret F. MacDonald, Ruby Tuesday's, Syracuse, NY

Open Garden Day on The Longest Day, Today, 10am – 4pm


Margaret, my mom, is who we honor today during our “The Longest Day” fundraising event for Alzheimer’s Association. This photo was taken in September 2007, ten years ago, at a Ruby Tuesday’s. I had just left my corporate career to manage mom’s care, and I didn’t know how long this role was going to last. […]

The Longest Day ~ Alzheimer's Association Fundraising Event Worldwide ~ June 21

Open Garden Day on the Longest Day 6/21 – Tomorrow!


Join us tomorrow, 10am – 4pm, for our Open Garden Day on the Longest Day. Our gardens will be optimized for wheelchair-access similar to our Sunday Stroll events. Feel free to bring a bag lunch or snack (carry-in, carry-out). Enjoy smelling the roses, watching fish, birds and butterflies, playing music and dancing… A wheelchair-accessible port-a-potty […]

Until we #ENDALZ, we will be here to support you


“Until we hashtag ENDALZ (heimer’s), we are going to be here to support families with this terrible disease.” This is what I said when Wendall Waters asked me if there was anything additional I wanted to include in the article about our 6/21 event “Open Garden Day,” to raise awareness and funds to #ENDALZ. Our […]

6/21 The Longest Day at Rest.Stop.Ranch


Wicked Local Topsfield editor, Wendall Waters, has written a nice piece about our 6/21 event to support Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH and our survivor’s mission to help other families impacted by Alzheimer’s/Dementia, at our home, Rest.Stop.Ranch in Topsfield, MA: The correct online donation URL is: Join us! Wednesday, June 21 10am – 4pm Thanks, […]

Wally, Houdini (dog), Margaret & Mary

2017 Topsfield Strawberry Festival ~ Community Outreach


Topsfield resident Wally Harmer introduced me to his friend Margaret Niska of Rowley Saturday at Topsfield’s Strawberry Festival. I encouraged them to come and smell the roses at our next Saturday Memory Café, 6/17, 10am – 12pm, or Sunday Stroll, 6/18, 11am – 2pm. Karl and I had fun at the festival, meeting and greeting […]