Elderly Call Button 

Several years ago I returned to my family home to assist my mother with managing her home and business. As her health situation has gradually declined, I took over the business, and then the role of primary caregiver for this remarkable 99-year old lady. Over time, I realized that I needed to provide a better way for her to summon me when help was needed.

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Meeting the daily needs of an elderly parent brings with it a lot of responsibility, and finding workable solutions for what should be simple issues can be challenging. Although we are separated by less than a hundred feet at any point in the house, my mother’s ability to communicate an immediate need was a big problem. Her vocal calls for assistance could not be heard over the normal household noises, and the use of her ever-present mobile phone was no longer a viable tool as her ability to manage technology continued to diminish.

So what to do? I checked the Internet repeatedly and found all sorts of mobile phone app solutions and expensive monthly monitoring services. Nope. We didn’t need to reach anyone outside of the home. In the daytime, when I’m absent, we have in-home services for Mother. Someone is always with her. All we needed was the ability for her to reach me between two floors and at opposite ends of the house. That’s all.

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Bowed Glass

I never know what will come through the front door of the shop, and when a man with a very sad look on his face brought in this beautiful antique framed wildlife diorama with bowed glass, I didn’t quite understand.

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Then I saw the cracks all around the edges of the curved glass. What a tragedy! Not only was this a great example of an antique carved picture frame with real bowed glass, but the glass was actually etched at each corner. Truly wonderful art forms that have all but disappeared.

It was bad enough to have the glass broken, but on top of that, the delicate contents of the wildlife diorama were now exposed. Could anything be done to preserve the talents of an early 20th-century taxidermist as well as the craftsmanship of the individual who put this display together?

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Carey Family Book

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The president of our family organization, E. Niel Carey, asked me to contribute a chapter to a book he was going to publish and I was asked to write about the Careys of Millsboro. They are one of the many Delmarva Carey family groups and ours descends from Elijah W. Carey, through his second wife. I decided to focus upon my Grandfather Carey, their only offspring, and as the summer of 2019 progressed, my chapter “The Careys of Millsboro” began to take shape.

The Carey/Cary Family book consists of 17 chapters, all containing a wealth of relevant Carey family information. You can view the table of contents here. For a link to my chapter click here. All proceeds go to the family organization and to cover publication costs.

The book was released at the annual reunion held at the Nabb Research Center, Guerrieri Academic Commons, Salisbury University, on November 2, 2019. Officially titled “The Carey/Cary Family: Researching, Connecting and Sharing Family History”, it is now available online at these and other locations:

Amazon

Walmart

Barnes & Noble

 

For more about the Carey/Cary Family organization go here.

 

Atlantic Hotel Chandelier

Temporarily graced by the beauty of Julia Roberts during the filming of Runaway Bride, the Atlantic Hotel in Berlin, Maryland, is now permanently graced by another beauty, albeit antique, that of its historic crystal chandelier.

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Early last year I received a phone call from the hotel manager, followed by a text along with the photo below, and was asked if I could rewire the lighting fixture for them. Quietly resting in a corner in the basement of the hotel, all but forgotten, was this charming antique chandelier.

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I accepted the job and subsequently the fixture was brought into the shop where it was disassembled and inspected, material ordered, and repairs made to mechanical connections. A trial reassembly followed, and as I looked at the chandelier now hanging before me, I realized that I could never let it out of the shop in its badly tarnished state.

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