What better way to celebrate the completion of my book, Jinxed!: Laughing in the Face of
Alzheimer’s, than a trip to the Hawaiian island of Maui?! That milestone just happened to
coincide with another major event – my husband Harold’s 60th birthday. Maui holds a special
place in our hearts (we renewed our marriage vows twice over there), so it was the obvious
choice for the double celebration.
Standing on the summit of Haleakala Volcano, above the clouds at approximately 10,000 feet
elevation, gave me pause to reflect on my writing experience of the past two years. Although the
crater and the view from it are spectacular, an easy two-hour drive through Maui’s stunning
upcountry is all that’s required to reach it. Harold and I enjoyed a relaxing picnic lunch in the
woods along the way. Completing my book, on the other hand, felt more like an exhausting
mountaineering expedition – minus the hypothermia. (Substitute a handful of trail mix for the
lovely picnic lunch!) The common denominator? Both were unforgettable journeys which
culminated in an exhilarating reward.
Anyway, I’m thrilled to be finished! I hope everybody enjoys reading my family’s story about
our extraordinary time with my mother, Jinx. My deepest appreciation to those of you who have
already read it and given me your amazing feedback.
Happy New Year Everyone!