The Caretaker

By Naomi Hersh Clackum, 1981           Yessir! Ol’ Wally had been the caretaker at Fairview Cemetery for twenty years. Then one day he just up and disappeared without a trace. Some say he got a good scare workin’ 'round all them dead folks and just took a freight outta town one night, never t’be seen... Continue Reading →

A Eulogy For Mom

It was the first step in accepting that she was really gone. Delivered August 5, 2020 "When I first volunteered to give mom’s eulogy, I thought “What in hell did I get myself into?” After all, I’m a writer, not a public speaker, and as outgoing as I am, I’m terrified speaking in front of... Continue Reading →

An Advocate For Mom

Navigating the vicissitudes of the healthcare industry in 21st century America. As featured in Splice Today My sister Kim and I are mom’s healthcare advocates. Since a hip fracture and surgery five years ago, and a long recovery that changed her life forever, Kim and I have been on the forefront of mom’s care, advocating... Continue Reading →

The Homestead

(As featured in Splice Today) I never thought I’d wind up back here, where it all began 39 years ago. I was born and raised in the city. I had a lot of friends, played ball in the streets, went to the movies, had slumber parties on weekends. Everything we wanted was nearby, just a walk... Continue Reading →

You can go home.

After Grams died, and her house was still standing, I'd walk over there on Friday nights after my weekly visit with mom. I'd just stand there, and stare at her place for a long time, walking around, remembering when it was lit up at night and full of life. I'd peek in the windows and... Continue Reading →

Mom’s Baseline

(As featured in Splice Today.) Mom’s Baseline Jessica Clackum It was important that the people treating her know what her life was like outside that hospital. It began in December when mom was taken to the hospital complaining of shortness of breath. A few days later, she became seriously ill and went into septic shock... Continue Reading →

It’s Merely Change

(As featured in Splice Today.)   Three years ago, I wrote articles (Caring for Mom, What Mom Nearly Lost at the Hospital) about the difficulties of caring for an ailing parent. My experience began in 2014 when my mother broke her hip. Once she returned home after three bouts of pneumonia, horrific hospital delirium, and an excruciating... Continue Reading →

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