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I received the following message today from a Rochester friend, Brad Currier.  His experience using If Only You Would Ask with his Mom suggests another valuable way to use the book.

Brad wrote:

Thank you for your great book!  I just got off the phone with my 101 year old mom after our best conversation in years! We spent over 30 minutes talking about her grade school years. I learned that there were bullies “but they never bothered me because my 4 brothers would have killed them!” I also learned that her favorite song was “There’s a rainbow around my shoulders.” I only knew 2 lines and I sang them all the time -that is until my brothers told me to shut up ‘cause I was driving them crazy! The second line was the sky is blue above.”  It was amazing how she seemed to get progressively more engaged. Her hearing and processing got better and better throughout the call and she genuinely thanked me for the call when we said good bye. Joan, you and your Mom are brilliant! I love talking with her but her failing memory gave us little to talk about- until now! Thanks again!  Brad Currier




January 8, 2018

We enjoyed a wonderful morning with the AAUW's Writer's Group.  For over  20 years, Eileen has been a part of the writer's group called Memories into Memoirs.  It was thanks to participation in this group that she came up with many of the topics and questions for If Only You Would Ask.  The group was enthusiastic in its endorsement of the book and could see its usefulness in a wide range of situations!

Eileen will plan to make a presentation at a general AAUW Meeting in the upcoming months.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

We are happy to report that today we were interviewed by Mayo Clinic Radio.  For those who might be unfamiliar, this program, hosted by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tom Shives, reaches listeners with an easy-to-understand, friendly approach to topics of high interest.  And, information about If Only You Would Ask is scheduled to hit the airwaves sometime in mid-February!!  Needless to say, we were thrilled to be able to talk about our book and why we believe it is a much needed resource for all those who spend time with the elderly.