Starkly honest poetry, beautifully expressed one minute and terrible in its reality the next. These poems are about the astounding juxtaposition of joy and despair, the struggles to live a life of purpose and meaning in the face of aging and illness. The author writes of her husband's Alzheimer's Disease, her own difficult childhood, while maintaining her love of music and literature with a deep belief in the power of the human spirit to rise above the daily challenges of living to experience genuine awe in the world around us. She touches the tender center in us all, while never stooping to the trite or cliche'. The reader may feel a piece of her own life showing up in these poems.