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Happy New Year

Happy New Year and Feliz Ano Novo to my family in Brazil. My New Year’s Resolution- I will swim at least once a week, visit the ocean 2 times a year, and be kind and forgiving to myself and everyone. The photo is of me on the beach at Natal, Brazil- 2004. The city of Natal, … Continue reading

Remembering Maria

Remembering my Brazilian mother at Christmastime. On the back of her photo below, my mom, Maria Sherman, writes – “Queen Kalua riding a Big Wave.” Mom had a sense of humor at times. I’d like to remember her that way. Singing her own song while playing a ukulele as she surfs a wave in the Pacific … Continue reading

Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from my house to yours. May you have a very merry, joyous, and peaceful Thanksgiving and continuous abundance. Enjoy your Holiday! I am thankful for this Thanksgiving- For my relationships with family, friends, and acquaintances, and all the healthy and valuable lessons I have learned in the past to date. For the opportunity I … Continue reading

The Blessings of My Step-friends

When my husband had visitations rights, I was a whirlwind of emotions. What to say to his kids, what to do with them, how to hide this unfortunate disease. I was just released from a mental hospital, and  I felt the sensations in my head like spinning and twirling about, as if I were riding  a wild Octopus ride at … Continue reading

NAMI OR State Conference Speech

Speaking at the NAMI Oregon Annual Conference in Cottage Grove, Oregon. It took place at the Village Green Resort Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, on the topic of ‘Living a Life With Schizoaffective Disorder, Sherry Goes Sane.’ I met so many wonderful, genuine, people there, and I was honored with a standing ovation. Thank you Jeana Wheeler for … Continue reading

70th Birthday Celebration

Throwing a 70th birthday celebration for my husband, Joe, with my stepdaughter Becky. This is my husband Joe’s graduation picture. He has been my right arm and main stay for over 30 years.  

Looking back to 2008

When I was 59, I was writing my autobiography which I eventually turned into my memoir, Sherry Goes Sane. As I wrote, my favorite songs were playing on the radio, “Bleeding Love,” by Leona Lewis, “Apologize,” by One Republic, and “Viva La Vida,” by Coldplay. The mood sent to me through the catchy lyrics of … Continue reading

Tribute to my brother Doug Crawford

Tribute to my brother Doug. He died September 16th 1990. May he rest in peace. My AIDS Quilt in memory of my sweet and loving brother Doug. He was very sensitive, compassionate, and talented. His kindness is always in my thoughts.

Grandparents Day- CNA Perspective

In my early thirties, I wanted to help patients with cancer, physical disabilities, and stress related diseases. I became a certified nurse’s aide and for two decades I worked in nursing convalescent homes and private homes in Roseburg and Portland, Oregon. I walked patients, fed patients, bathed them and took care of their special needs … Continue reading

Sisterly Love

Nothing better than spending time with my half-sister, Shauna. We met at Elephants yesterday before she took her big trip to Provo. I will miss her. In the photo- Shauna , left, me, right.