Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Win a Trip to a Live Taping of Iron Chef America!

Part of the annual dinner for the Cleveland Area Alzheimer's Association includes a raffle for a trip to New York City for a taping of Iron Chef America! Anyone, from anywhere can buy tickets and win, you do not have to live in Cleveland, but you do need to act quickly as advanced ticket sales end on Thursday April 21, 2011. Click on the link HERE.

Feed your Mind: A Celebration of Food
Limited number of raffle tickets will be sold!
$20 each or 6 for $100

A healthy dose of great food, fun, travel and once-in-a-lifetime experiences are essential for brain health! What better way to feed your mind, body and soul than A TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY FOR A LIVE TAPING OF IRON CHEF AMERICA!

The raffle winner and his/her guest will join the ranks of a select group who have been invited to an invitation-only, live taping of IRON CHEF AMERICA.

Based upon the Japanese cult sensation, Iron Chef America carries on the legend of the Kitchen Stadium and the famed "secret ingredient." Each week, world-class chefs battle the legendary Iron Chefs of America, including Cleveland’s own Michael Symon, Iron Chef 2007!

  • Two seats for a LIVE taping of Iron Chef America
    at the Food Network Studios in New York City!
  • $500 Continental Airlines gift certificate
  • Two nights stay at The Franklin Hotel, one of the
    upper east side’s most romantic boutique hotels
  • Gift certificate to NYC Restaurant for a
    delectable, chef-inspired meal!
Iron Chef America show will be shooting in
July 2011 (exact dates TBD).
Questions? Call Eleanor at (216) 231-1332.
Advance raffle ticket sales will close on
Thursday, April 21.
Tickets may also be purchased at the event.
Winning ticket to be drawn at
A Celebration of Hope on May 5, 2011.
Winner need not be present.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Our Task This Week

Photo by Jeff Norris
I had a great time this past Saturday being a panelist for "Taking on Alzheimer's: A National Conversation at Home" which was put on by the Daughters Club of the Alzheimer's Association Cleveland Chapter.  I will be writing much more about the wonderful event later.

However, I wanted to let you know that Angela Geiger, one of the editors of The Shriver Report and our moderator for the discussion, gave us all a task. A task that I want to pass on to you all as well.

Ms. Geiger asked us all to talk to five people this week about Alzheimer's disease. Five people who we have never talked with about Alzheimer's before. 

The best way to increase awareness and get the nation to respond to the Alzheimer's crisis is for all of us to talk about it.

So, let's all find five people this week and spread the message that together, we can end Alzheimer's disease.

Post in the comment section if you were able to talk to five people, then we can really show this task being put into action!


Rev. Katie

Friday, April 8, 2011

A Long Three Days

Photo by Jeff Norris
I think we have a long three days ahead of us. Dad just went out of town for a Buddhist retreat and Jeff, Jeffrey and I are taking care of Mom this weekend. Every time there is a change in routine, Mom gets worse, and this weekend is no different. Dad has only been gone for three hours and Mom has had quite a few challenges this morning, including opening up the upright washer as it was washing clothes so the whole washer full of water and soap spilled onto the floor.

I wish we could always keep things the same for Mom, but it is just not possible. We need to be able to sustain our lives as we care for Mom and sometimes that means the routine changes. Dad is gone and I am working most of the weekend, so most of the caregiving will fall to Jeff. Fortunately he is very calm and caring.

I am a bit scared though because Mom’s recent progression has made me start to worry about how we will still maintain our jobs and care for Mom at the same time without everything falling to Dad because he is retired. I can tell this wears on him and these past few weeks, with our other family member in the hospital, have been hard for him. I am really glad he is taking the time for his retreat this weekend.

It is getting to the point at times that if you leave Mom alone for just a few minutes, anything could happen, which makes it hard to even take a shower or work even though much of my and Jeff’s work can be done from our home offices.

We are in for a long three days, but clearly Mom’s progression shows we are in for many more long days ahead.


Rev. Katie