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Lights and Shadows in a Nursing Home

Pat Durmon

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ISBN 10: 149366610X / ISBN 13: 9781493666102
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013
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Title: Lights and Shadows in a Nursing Home

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1.

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When a daughter takes her mother to a nursing home to live, it is disturbing for both of them. Neither one has a road map to navigate in this new world. As the daughter visits her mother off and on over the next 13 years, she connects with rooms, nurses, CNAs, residents, a beautician, and more. As the poet tours her mother's room, the hallways, the library, the art room, and the dining area, she is enthralled with this tilted world, its extraordinary people, the varied activities. There are singings, Bingo, crafts, and a bird sanctuary, as well as encounters with residents, a mattress concern, dementia, and group therapy in a library with no books. What begins as grief becomes a winning way of life for her mother, a woman of wit and resilience. One poem at a time, Pat Durmon (daughter, poet, and passionate observer) reveals honest and tender moments of those living in a world filled with questions, fears, and unexpected joys. She finds all this by flying in and out of the light and shadows in a nursing home.

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Pat Durmon is a native of Arkansas. Prior to coming to poetry, she held two careers: first, as a high school English teacher and then, as a mental health counselor. One of her desires is to write inspiring poetry that helps others find rays of light in the midst of the human struggle. In 2007, Pudding House Publishing released Durmon’s chapbook Blind Curves. In that same year, she won the Sybil Nash Abrams Award presented by the Poets' Roundtable of Arkansas (PRA). She looks joyfully on life as she lives in the Ozark Mountains with her husband. There, she writes poetry, plays in a flower garden, manages a retreat center, and bakes bread.

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