mothers day 2021

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We met long ago at a church event.

Mothers Day 2021

Son number one sent a card.  Son number two Facebook messaged me.  Husband number one and only had a nice card and a plan to drive me wherever I wanted to go. 

I wanted to see my friend Tricia.  Tricia recently lost her husband and to add to the grief her son Joe was under the weather.  Joe is about 6 months older than our oldest son Loren.   A two hour drive is  nothing when you want to spend some time with a friend. 

We met her downtown and walked until we found a restaurant that didn’t have over an hour wait. Great food, coffee that grew on me and something I haven’t had in a long time: wheat toast with jam from those little packets. Nummy.

After visiting another hour at her house, we almost fell asleep. We have pictures of our two families, adults all snoring on the couch while our little babies laid on the floor playing with their toes. Its a comfortable place.

We had to move on from Tricia’s.  Next stop was to see my horses.  When we arrived, Charlie called out to them and both perked up their ears in the direction of the sound.  Genie made little  nickering sounds with her lips when I came up to her.  Cj let me play with her bottom lip which hangs down when she is relaxed.  And the little white spot on her nose just above her lip is about the softest thing on this earth and I just had put my nose to her nose to feel it.  .

this is a BIG picture

Laz was sitting out front of the barn and  we chatted for awhile about life.  Then he told us about the incident with CJ over the winter. The neighbor called and told him that one of the horses was down on the hillside and that Laz’s gelding was kicking at her.   Laz rushed over, got his horse out of there and called the vet.  CJ finally got up and they got her in the barn.  They did their best to boost her, but she was dehydrated and very thin.  Laz didn’t know what condition CJ would be in the morning.  But when he walked into the barn whistling, she had her head out of the stall and ears perked .

We stayed there for over an hour hearing stories about my “girls” and the various rides they had been on.  I know it was the right thing to re-home them.  CJ and Genie are getting the kind of attention they deserve.

For what we lose we also gain.  Kids grow up and move away.  We as empty nesters are thrilled with even the simplest of cards or social media comments. Losing a spouse, oh how sad.  We could see how much he was admired, and she loved by people of the community.  She may not have known it before, but she does now. 

Finding for the silver lining in the  dark clouds makes life much more enjoyable, don’t you think?

Genie nickering under her breath, not wanting me to know she really misses me.

Published by Carol Clupny, author The Ribbon of Road Ahead: One Woman's Remarkable Journey with Parkinson's Disease

I am a middle aged woman with Parkinson's Disease. When I was first diagnosed I spent a lot of time researching the disease. Seeing a video of a man in the advanced stages of the disease attempting to get out of his chair and then "freezing" as he tried to walk across the room got me off my butt and moving. Great adventures on the Camino de Santiago and with TEAM Pedaling for Parkinson's across IOWA, as well as the day to day adventures of life have lead me to writing. My first novel, a memoir, was published early 2019. It is called, you got it THE RIBBON OF ROAD AHEAD. Living with the degenerative neurological disease Parkinson's, ULTREIA is a word that guides me. I have chosen it as the name of my business ULTREIA BOOKS. It comes from Latin and old French and means "unfailing courage". In the old days, pilgrims would call "Ultreïa" to each other as encouragement "Go up, go further!" Nowadays we would say "You can do this thing". It takes courage to live with Parkinson's. May I face each day with unfailing courage. Ab Here is more about me; I was living an active lifestyle riding horses, hiking, climbing and snow skiing when at age fifty I was diagnosed with Parkinsons. Retiring from my career as a speech-language pathologist I decided to “take to the road” to battle the disease. My first steps, walking out her door to the mailbox, lead to trekking over 1000 miles of pilgrimage trails on the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain. A dusty bike discovered in the garage resulted in four rides on the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa with the Pedaling for Parkinsons Team. These adventures inspired me to write a memoir The Ribbon of Road Ahead: One Woman’s Remarkable Journey with Parkinson’s Disease. I blogs about my everyday life as a middle-aged woman in the mid-stages of Parkinson’s disease. My honest, humorous, and casual narrative style brings the reader to an intimate understanding of my resilience and acceptance. My blog, sharing the name of my book ”The Ribbon of Road Ahead” can be found at After completing a Masters of Science in Speech Pathology from Eastern Washington University I received certification in School Leadership and Administration from Lewis and Clark College. I provided speech pathology services and later became a program director completing 32 years in the wide geographic expanse of eastern Oregon. Active in the Oregon Speech-Language and Hearing Association I received honors of the association and the presidential award for work on recruitment and retention of speech and hearing professionals. Il presented numerous papers and projects at local, state and regional professional conferences. I was appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski to two terms of the Oregon Board of Examiners of Speech Pathology and Audiology, the state’s licensing and consumer protection agency. Since my diagnosis in 2008, I has become active in the Parkinson’s community as an advocate, an Ambassador for the Davis Phinney Foundation and support group facilitator for Parkinson's Resources of Oregon. I was appointed the regional patient representative for the Parkinson's Foundation’s Women with PD TALK study. In September of 2019 the Michael J Fox Foundation selected me to participate in the Parkinson’s Policy Forum in Washington DC. As an attendee at the World Parkinson Congress in 2016 in Portand, Oregon, I presnted a poster session examining the decision making process for patients considering deep brain stimulation. At the 2019 WPC in Kyoto, Japan I presented a poster on vision concerns of women with PD and lead small group discussions. Myr book The Ribbon of Road Ahead has provided many speaking opportunities for Carol. In 2019 and early 2020 she visited 24 support groups in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and California to share her thoughts on living well with the disease. In addition, she has presented talks for The Center on Aging in San Francisco, Parkinson's Place in Las Vegas, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation in Richland WA and virtually through their HOPE online program. In late 2020 I rejuvenated her voice and narrated her book. It became available as an audio book in 2021. As part of this project I read stories over the airwaves on RadioParkies Australia with DJ Madonna and in Great Britain with DJ Johnny Parky. She and her husband Charlie have two adult sons. They live on a small hobby farm in eastern Oregon. Contact Information: Carol Clupny PO BOX 128, Hermiston, OR 97838 (541) 720-4256

3 thoughts on “mothers day 2021

  1. I read this with tears and much GRATITUDE. Love you dear friend. ❤️❤️

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