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April 15, 2011 • It’s been over a year now since Ruby messed up our lives.  I know that sounds harsh, but it’s beginning to be the way I feel.  On top of my other responsibilities–my kids, my husband, my job, my mom, Brian’s parents–I have taken on this massive project, and frankly the results are discouraging so far.  I have provided the town with lots of information, good people like oaklandfiddler and modined have shared their stories and suggestions, and yet that stupid “care index” is going down, not up.

What do we have to do to improve the way we care?  We’ve talked a lot about it, but what have we actually done? It seems like we are struggling just to get the conversation started.  Everyone who comes into the library gets a flyer and a finger-point to my shelf of resources, and mostly I just get back polite nods, tight smiles or outright blank looks. People are more interested in the new books shelf or the periodicals rack than they are in PODCare meetings or town wikis or community support directories.

That directory–the one I was so hopeful about, the one that would unite the people who need care with the people with the resources–has turned into a listing of realtors and handymen and a few other trades. As my kids say, WTF.   (more…)

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