The Other I

August 28, 2016

Silent thoughts

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 3:19 pm

You may not have noticed, but I’ve not blogged very often in recent months.  I’ve missed the sharing, especially with some readers whom I have come to feel are friends, even though we’ve never met.

I’m the oldest sister in my family and several of my younger sibs are facing serious illness.  But unlike our growing-up years, I don’t have a store of right answers and suggestions.  It is now they who are finding the wisdom.

I suspect my relative silence may continue for a while, because sharing the thoughts which are swirling around my head almost 24/7 may compromise the privacy of those who deserve it, and so it is not time yet for me to think out loud as I usually do in this forum.

I do hope to be able to dig up some trivia to share occasionally, if only to keep myself going.  Perhaps a few Trump stories?




  1. Sharing a thought: For some, writing could soak up one’s mind as a welcome escape even if briefly during rough times restoring much needed sanity. .


    Comment by tskraghu — August 28, 2016 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

    • Thank you, Raghu, for this advice. I think you are right. I am going to make an effort to write something – however trivial – a couple of times a week – at least on those days when I’m not on the telephone being a rather poor “oldest sister.” The very least I can do for them is to “restore much-needed sanity.”

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      Comment by Terry Sissons — August 28, 2016 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

  2. there is a sign in my local appliance store IS YOUR REFRIGERATOR RUNNING? i may elect to vote for it….


    Comment by kateritek — August 28, 2016 @ 5:37 pm | Reply

  3. I’ve not been reading, let alone writing, blog posts for a long time (lots of turmoil here too), but something prompted me to click on yours and I’m glad I did. I’m an only child, but I can imagine the struggle you face as a “parent” figure with a good and loving heart who feels helpless in the face of serious illness striking those who theoretically should be healthier than we are–and it sounds like you’re doing it at a distance, too, which adds another level of frustration.

    Sometimes–all too often, actually–we can’t fix it, or even offer advice. What we can do is listen, be glad they trust us to hold them, be a witness to their suffering and be honest about our own–it’s kind of a role model thing, so the big sister in you still knows what to do, really. (You prove that when you admire them for being the ones to find wisdom; admiration from a big sister means just as much now as it did when you were all young!)

    I’m not sure that writing about trivial things will help, but I am very sure that writing about the current experience–privately–will sustain you on this journey. I know that’s what kept me more or less sane during my husband’s long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. If the blog format is somehow friendlier, more official, or simply easier to find and keep than a journal, it’s possible to create a private blog on WordPress that’s visible only to you (and anyone else you explicitly invite).

    Sending love and support from afar,



    Comment by Barbara Sullivan — August 28, 2016 @ 10:27 pm | Reply

  4. Terry,

    Those of us who follow your blog appreciate your sensitive insights very much. It’s not something one would expect to be amenable to mass production. That you have been as productive as you are, has been a boon. Please take whatever time you need for other things. Knowing what you are like, I am confident that your incisive take on life will drive you to share it with us before long, maybe not as frequently but surely as deeply. Please be assured a little vacation will not lose you any of your loyal and grateful readers.

    Tony Equale


    Comment by tonyequale — August 28, 2016 @ 10:58 pm | Reply

  5. When someone writes a Blog they are sharing themselves with their readers. An overtime I feel I’ve gotten to know you a little and have formed a friendship that I care about. I check back to see how you are doing…cause we are all on this journey called life. I don’t take friendships lightly I know you have to work at them. It’s sharing laughter and difficult times. Holding you in my thoughts and prayers and your family during this difficult time.


    Comment by DJC — August 30, 2016 @ 2:38 pm | Reply

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