Inspiration and Contemporary
A retired Naval officer. She grew up in a rural community outside of Phenix, VA spending most of her childhood on the farm. Thankful for her roots, endearing family and friends and community of faith, hard work and a strong work ethic laid the foundation for her journey. Growing up amongst many strong women in the family and community, young and old, these ladies forged even stronger bonds amongst themselves, often just to survive and take care of their families. They played a critical role in shaping her future, getting her through college, the military and even still today their influence lingers.
Her mother, Bernice Paulette Dodd, the Paulette family and the fierce bond with her dearest cousins fueled her wielding passion for the guitar, art, soulful stories, and the love of song, while the military gave her a continued sense of family, comradery and respect for the differences in
people and cultures. Combine her fortunate lifetime of love and experiences with the relationships she has built in the Memphis area and the result is truly a blessed life.
In an age where technology can solve so many problems, the human element is still needed, physically and mentally, when dealing with the end of life.
Little is still known about the horrible disease Alzheimer's, yet families wrestle with the exhausting emotion of watching their loved ones lose everything, and everyone they once cherished eventually fade into the ether...the mind and heart diminishes its capacity to love.
This story shows the deep bond between a mother and daughter as they struggle to understand the daily events as they unfold and the brief moments of clarity that serve as a haunting reminder of 'what was' and 'what can never be again'.