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Here are the final five brief conversations about my new book, Obama, Oy Vey: The Wit and Wisdom of My 107-Year-Old Mother . Information about it is linked below.
by zwerlst
Comment Count 2 comments on Fri Apr 10, 2015 at 06:54 AM PDT with 11 Recommends
I have been writing and posting these diaries for about seven years. During that time many who have read them suggested they would like to see them form the core of a book. I am pleased to report ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 9 comments on Thu Apr 09, 2015 at 09:02 AM PDT with 13 Recommends
It is becoming more difficult to determine when it is best to call my more-than-106-year-old mother. Time is having its inevitable way with her. She is losing vitality and spends more time than in ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 6 comments on Tue Nov 04, 2014 at 03:51 AM PST with 14 Recommends
These days I call my mother at least once a day. For decades, we used to speak on Sundays. At precisely 12:00. She loved to demonstrate that she was in command of all her faculties by dialing at ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 6 comments on Wed Sep 17, 2014 at 07:31 AM PDT with 18 Recommends
“If you want to talk to me you have to call between winks.” “Between what?” “I’m sleeping all the time. Twenty winks.” “Forty.” “Forty what?” “Winks. You’re catching ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 21 comments on Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 06:00 AM PDT with 48 Recommends
It was two days after my mother's 106th birthday and I called to run an idea by her. "I have a theory." "A what?" "A theory, a perception I want to ask you about. It's something I've been ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 25 comments on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 05:37 AM PDT with 38 Recommends
When I answered the phone, I heard my mother sigh. "Soon, it will be another year." "You mean, another birthday?" "What kind of future do I have?" "In truth, Mom, you've been saying that for ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 29 comments on Tue May 27, 2014 at 06:20 AM PDT with 55 Recommends
“You know how much your mother likes us to come to dinner with her and her friends.” “Didn’t we . . .? “We didn’t,” Rona said. “At least not this year. Last winter once or twice ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 1 comments on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 08:31 AM PDT with 8 Recommends
An hour into our most recent visit, for the third time my mother asked, "Is it Saturday?" And for the third time I said, "No, Mom, it's Monday." "So you see, as I keep telling you, I am losing my ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 7 comments on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 08:46 AM PST with 9 Recommends
"Come over as soon as . . . you can. There's something . . . I need to talk to you about." My mother, short of breath, sounded ominous. I thought, considering her age, was this the . . . "Are you ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 13 comments on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 04:22 AM PST with 41 Recommends
"Did you see him on TV?" "Who?" I asked my nearly 106-year-old mother, who was calling from Forest Trace, the retirement community in South Florida where she has lived for almost 20 years. "Chris ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 15 comments on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 08:59 AM PST with 31 Recommends
Like clockwork, for decades, at precisely noon on Sundays, my mother would call. In fact, she was so regular in doing this that it would generate genuine concern if she was even a minute late. I ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 8 comments on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 06:32 AM PST with 15 Recommends
Approaching 106, there are days when my mother has less vitality. At those times, our conversations are brief as she struggles to take in the oxygen she needs. We talk only about the weather in ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 4 comments on Thu Dec 19, 2013 at 05:45 AM PST with 24 Recommends
"I only have a minute. I'm watching C-Spanish." My 105-year-old mother was calling from Forest Trace in Lauderhill, Florida. I knew she meant C-SPAN. These days she's been glued to the TV. So much ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 8 comments on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 10:37 AM PDT with 26 Recommends
“I’m fed up with her, all the time calling him ‘The One.’” “I think I know who you mean.” As usual on Sunday, at the stroke of noon, my more-than-105-year-old mother was calling ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 12 comments on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 07:42 AM PDT with 48 Recommends
When visiting with my mother on Friday to celebrate her 105th birthday, I did one of those silly things one is inclined to do on such occasions. Rather than asking her which invention or ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 14 comments on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 02:10 AM PDT with 69 Recommends
When we learned that my brother and sister-in-law who share in caring for my nearly 105-year-old mother would be out of town until the 24th, reflexively, we changed our departure plans—moving the ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 3 comments on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 08:58 AM PDT with 18 Recommends
“Can I ask you something?” “Anything, mom.” We had driven over to Forest Trace to visit my nearly 105-year-old mother. “Have you been watching?” “Watching what?” “TV. CNN.” ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 5 comments on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 05:11 AM PST with 19 Recommends
"Why are you calling? To cancel? You're not up for a visit?" It was my mother calling from Forest Trace, where she lives with 250 other seniors. This has happened before. Many times. At nearly 105 ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 24 comments on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 09:43 AM PST with 81 Recommends
“You know I have to have my teeth removed.” “Not your teeth , mom, one of your molars.” “And my doctor said that at my age, which we will not discuss, I could die in the chair. Actually, ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 7 comments on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 10:06 AM PDT with 23 Recommends