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Love your neighbor… Begin to know who they are.

This is my first post in nearly a year at MaryMac Missions. I became unavailable to write here with so much happening at our home, Rest.Stop.Ranch Respite Retreat Center and Accessible Gardens in Topsfield, MA, USA. Since my last post, we published the 2017 MaryMac Missions Annual Report. A copy was mailed to 2018 donors […]

Collette and John Hanlon Enjoy Fish Tales

John Hanlon of Rowley ~ Age 54 ~ Passes 3-19-18

“S/he died too young…” Is this before age 100? 85? 65? 45? 25? 15? Is “too young” before we’ve had a chance to say the Four Most Important Things (Ira Byock) to our friend or loved one: 1. I love you 2. Thank you 3. Forgive me 4. I forgive you Is “too young” before […]

Dementia Friends, Topsfield, MA

Dementia Friends in Topsfield MA!

On Monday, December 18, dementia friends and advocates from Topsfield, North Andover, and Manchester gathered to learn more about the Dementia Friends global and national movement, and how we can better serve and support people with dementia in our towns. The 2-hour information session was provided by Beth Soltzberg of Jewish Family & Children’s Services […]

Expressive Writing Options: Peace Prayers, Promise Letters

Service, Duty & Honor is Risky Business

Thank you Veterans and Dementia Care Partners for your service. Whether we serve for love of country or family, if we end up on the front lines, we are risking life and long-term health. This past weekend, I tuned in closely to the TV programs about post 9/11 veterans living with the invisible wounds of […]

2016 Annual Report ~ Read it and Celebrate!

Our 2016 Annual Report tells a story of increasing community involvement and support from individuals, couples, families, local community groups, and the state of MA Department of Developmental Services. It’s great to witness the actualization and positive changing of the vision I started with in 2010. I remain open to listening to community members on […]

Dementia Friendly Topsfield Year-round Begins with a Memory Café

Dementia caregivers age 8-88+ (and survivors of dementia-caregiving) are welcome year-round to join us at our Topsfield Memory Café which will be hosted at least once-a-month outdoors in our beautiful wheelchair-accessible garden at Rest.Stop.Ranch, or indoors at the cozy and warm wheelchair-accessible Trinity Church. Come alone, as you are, for socialization, information and networking with […]