Author Archives: janicetindle.com

About janicetindle.com

NOTICE: NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING, from my website janicetindle.com may be use without a request in writing to me. Permission, if granted, will be done in writing. Failure to do so will result in possible prosecution. I am the sole owner of my words and at point of publication on this site it is copyrighted as mine. - copyright 2012 Janice Tindle In 2010, I suffered a traumatic brain injury and other injuries when hit by an under insured driver. It changed my life. I now live with Dystonia, a rare and painful neurologal disorder that causes involuntary muscle spasms and abnormal posturing. There is no treatment or cure. The best one can do is treat the symptoms. You can learn more at DMRF.org. I try to write about people and things that help and inspire my readers. You can find more of my story by going to helphopelive.org. I am also on Facebook, where I have five pages, Pain Brain -Anti- Inflammatory Foods, Brain Tears, The Positive Posters Page, Traumatic Brain Injury Resources Page, Janice Tindle- Writer. I am also on Twitter and LinkedIn. Simply Google my name and my published articles should appear. I've been published in Fearless Caregiver, Today's Caregiver, TBI Hope and Inspiration Magazine, The Mighty.com, and several other publications. I am currently a caregiver for my dear mother. My hope is to someday finish my books, "Get Back Up!" and "Galicia's Granite" during my mother's lifetime. Your interest in my care, recovery and writing is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Comments are welcome.

The Flawed, The Broken, and The Beautiful /Written by Janice Tindle

I recently found myself inspired by a bit of broken pottery. That pottery made me think about the value we place on inanimate objects. Who knows why a certain object has a special attractiveness to us. We see it, we … Continue reading

Posted in brain injury, caregiving, cargiving, coping skills, dementia, duty, essay, family, honesty, human interest, humanity, inspirational, life changing, life changing events, love, motivational, musings, nature, people, self, spiritual, thought provoking, tindle, traumatic brain injury | 5 Comments

Why Resale Shopping Is A Better Shopping Choice /Written by Janice Tindle

Someone made a comment about feeling bad about getting a deal at a thrift store. They felt they were taking advantage of someone else’s misfortunes. Perhaps someone died. Downsized. Had to move away or into a nursing home. All true. … Continue reading

Posted in essay, human interest, humanity, humor, inspirational, life changing, life changing events, motivational, musings, people, self, thought provoking, tindle | 2 Comments

A Token Of Love /Written by Janice Tindle

“I’ll never take it off!” Mary Elizabeth giggled with delight as he put it on her wrist. It was the most beautiful bracelet she had ever seen. It was so well made, it looked like the real thing. But she … Continue reading

Posted in duty, essay, family, human interest, humanity, inspirational, life changing events, love, marriage, motivational, musings, people, self, short story, thought provoking, tindle | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wray; The West End Eagle /Written by Janice Tindle

She came and left like the wind, She would circle high, swoop and descend, In a whirlwind she would appear, She could be far, yet in an instant, near. Under sunny skies, she sat on eggs, Under mist and fog, … Continue reading

Posted in duty, honesty, human interest, inspirational, life changing, life changing events, love, motivational, nature, poetry, prose, spiritual, thought provoking, tindle | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jesus Knows Me Well    by Janice Tindle

In my solitude I pray, The pain is so crippling, so I lay, The softness of the sheets touch my skin, There is an excruciating fire that burns from within. Jesus knows me well. To his Father I pray, So … Continue reading

Posted in caregiving, coping skills, hospice, human interest, humanity, inspirational, love, motivational, people, poetry, prose, religion, spiritual, thought provoking, tindle | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

“I’ll Be With You In A Minute!” /Written by Janice Tindle

I was sitting on a park bench some years ago, enjoying a nice summer day while taking a break from a hospital visit. I don’t remember why I was there, but there was a lovely park across the street and … Continue reading

Posted in dementia, duty, essay, human interest, humanity, musings, people, self, short story, thought provoking, trees | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Invisible Wheelchair /Written by Janice Tindle

You’ve seen it going passed by you at a snail’s pace, You’ve snarled your lip at the humped over state, You didn’t see her face, for around her, an air of despair, You never ever acknowledge the invisible wheelchair. The … Continue reading

Posted in human interest, humanity, inspirational, life changing events, love, motivational, people, poetry, prose, thought provoking, tindle, traumatic brain injury | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Valerie; You’re Gonna Make It After All! /Written by Janice Tindle

Last March, I wrote a piece about America’s sweetheart, Valerie Harper, who had been given a terminal cancer diagnosis. Things looked grim. But not Valerie! She went on an unprecedented whirlwind of interviews and appearances, talking to her beloved public … Continue reading

Posted in brain cancer, brain tumor, caregiving, coping skills, duty, essay, family, honesty, human interest, humanity, inspirational, life changing, life changing events, love, motivational, musings, people, thought provoking, tindle, valerie | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Chocolate Squirrel /Written by Janice Tindle

It was a warm, sunny Spring day. Easter had come and gone and the neighbors had all put their trash out for pick up. It was not uncommon for the crows to poke through plastic trash bags and this reason, … Continue reading

Posted in entertainment, essay, human interest, humor, musings, nature, self, short story, tindle | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dangle The Carrot /Written by Janice Tindle

You can dangle the carrot all day if you want;the smart bunnies will always find the land with the choicest clover. I have personally observed this in our own backyard. We have an organic yard, so bunnies in the evening … Continue reading

Posted in entertainment, essay, gardening, human interest, humor, inspirational, life changing, life changing events, love, marriage, musings, nature, short story, tindle | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Organic Sinner /Written by Janice Tindle

In the book, Critters: Adventures In Wildest Suburbia by A.B.C. Whipple, published by St. Martin’s Press, 1994, states on page 41, paragraph 3, that ” C. Merriam Hart, a Naturalist, reported that a squirrel hearing a musical instrument or recording … Continue reading

Posted in essay, family, gardening, human interest, humanity, inspirational, life changing, life changing events, love, motivational, musings, nature, people, religion, self, short story, spiritual, thought provoking, tindle | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Treasure In The Trailer /Written by Janice Tindle

In a monetary sense, she wasn’t a wealthy woman. She lived in a mobile home in a mobile home park. Not one a fancy one, just an ordinary one, with vintage and new mobile homes living side by side. My … Continue reading

Posted in caregiving, coping skills, duty, essay, family, honesty, hospice, human interest, humanity, inspirational, life changing, life changing events, love, motivational, musings, people, religion, self, short story, spiritual, thought provoking, tindle | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Doll In The Box /Written by Janice Tindle

When I was a little girl, my Grandma had a China doll she kept in a box in the living room closet. It was a gift from her younger brother, Joseph. He had bought the doll when he was a … Continue reading

Posted in brain injury, essay, family, human interest, humanity, inspirational, life changing, life changing events, love, motivational, musings, poetry, prose, self, short story, thought provoking, tindle, traumatic brain injury | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Dog That Didn’t Belong To Us /Written by Janice Tindle

My Dad was a tough guy. It least that’s what he wanted you to think. But he had a sweet, gentle side that few ever saw him display. However, I saw him display this side one early morning, when no … Continue reading

Posted in brain injury, duty, essay, family, human interest, life changing events, love, people, self, short story, thought provoking, traumatic brain injury | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Curious Case Of The Disappearing Cough Drops /Written by Janice Tindle

The old man was sitting in his favorite chair in the living room watching the six o’clock news. He had been using oxygen since he was first diagnosed with emphysema and COPD. By his chair was a round side table … Continue reading

Posted in caregiving, dementia, duty, essay, family, hospice, human interest, humanity, humor, marriage, musings, people, short story, tindle | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Caring One /Written by Janice Tindle

The light from the blue moon shone across the porcelain giving the bathroom an eery feel. He stared at his reflection in the mirror. There was an exhausted old man staring back at him. He was just fifty-three years old. … Continue reading

Posted in brain cancer, brain tumor, caregiving, coping skills, duty, essay, hospice, human interest, humanity, inspirational, life changing, life changing events, love, marriage, motivational, musings, people, religion, short story, spiritual, thought provoking, tindle | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Power Of Politeness Is In The Word /Written by Janice Tindle

“My bad!” Have you been given this as a form of apology? How did it make you feel? Satisfied? Vindicated? Resolved? Did it seem sincere? Did it sound like any restitution was forthcoming? It is a feeble act of taking … Continue reading

Posted in duty, entertainment, essay, human interest, humanity, inspirational, life changing, musings, people, self, thought provoking, tindle | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Pittsburgh Chair /Written by Janice Tindle

No, it is not a seat on the symphony board or even in the orchestra. I’m talking about the chair that is put out in the street to save a parking spot. Iconic tradition. It can be found in a … Continue reading

Posted in coping skills, duty, essay, family, human interest, humanity, humor, life changing events, love, marriage, musings, people, self, short story, thought provoking, tindle | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Pittsburgh Potty   by Janice Tindle

I was watching one of those real estate TV shows, when I first heard the term mentioned. The real estate agent took the couple down to the basement and there it was, just sitting there, in the corner, all alone. … Continue reading

Posted in essay, family, human interest, humor, people, self, short story, tindle | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Light To My Roadway /Written by Janice Tindle

I don’t know if you have ever had to try to get something from city government, but it can be a real headache. A simple request often has to go through a lot of red tape, meetings, and mounds of … Continue reading

Posted in caregiving, duty, essay, family, honesty, human interest, humanity, humor, inspirational, life changing events, love, motivational, musings, people, religion, short story, spiritual, thought provoking, tindle | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tender Tears /Written by Janice Tindle

They sat on the sofa, side by side, holding hands. “I miss you”, she said. “I miss you too”, she answered. Their heads bowed together, as the tears ran down the two woman’s faces. “We have to find a way … Continue reading

Posted in essay, family, human interest, humanity, inspirational, love, motivational, musings, people, prose, self, short story, thought provoking, tindle | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The College Next Door   by Janice Tindle

There were no hallowed halls, no marble floors or columns. No grand winding staircase nor high domed ceiling. No pendant chandelier nor moulded wood panels. But there were beautiful plaster walls and ceilings with plaster moulding. Inside those walls were … Continue reading

Posted in coping skills, family, human interest, humanity, inspirational, life changing events, love, motivational, musings, people, self, short story, spiritual, thought provoking, tindle | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The One Legged Visitor /Written by Janice Tindle

The front door was open and it framed my view as he came on crutches up the walk. My cousin Carol was behind him. He wore a green dress uniform. I had never seen a real soldier before today. His … Continue reading

Posted in caregiving, coping skills, duty, essay, family, human interest, humanity, inspirational, life changing, life changing events, love, marriage, motivational, musings, people, prose, short story, thought provoking, tindle | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

A Singer’s Lament /Written by Janice Tindle

I miss singing. When I was growing up, my mother, a professional soloist, would play arias and the standards. My grandfather, a gregarious Italian who lived next door, would play opera, jazz, blues, swing, big band and all the crooners. … Continue reading

Posted in brain injury, coping skills, entertainment, essay, human interest, life changing, life changing events, prose, self, singing, thought provoking, tindle, traumatic brain injury | 1 Comment

Cry Tomorrow /Written by Janice Tindle

I knew it was over. In the same way you know the end of the day is over. There was nothing I could do about it but watch it all disappear. Every laugh, every sigh, every whisper, every soft caress, … Continue reading

Posted in caregiving, coping skills, essay, human interest, humanity, inspirational, life changing, life changing events, motivational, musings, self, short story, thought provoking, traumatic brain injury | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Tony Called /Written by Janice Tindle

    The utility company. We’ve all had our bad experiences with rudeness, long holding times, waiting for them to show up, to turn the service on or off. Perhaps there was a dispute over a bill. We take our … Continue reading

Posted in brain injury, cargiving, duty, human interest, humanity, inspirational, life changing events, love, marriage, motivational, people, short story, thought provoking | 3 Comments

Peace, Liberty and…. Morgan /Written by Janice Tindle

In all our thirty years of marriage, we never had a complete bedroom suite. It was almost complete, but the bedroom was a bit of ‘this and that’ from the family, pieces I liked very much, but I was ready … Continue reading

Posted in essay, honesty, human interest, humanity, inspirational, life changing events, marriage, motivational, people, prose, religion, short story, spiritual, thought provoking, tindle | Leave a comment

Walgreens – Whoo-Hoo! For Seniors! /Written by Janice Tindle

So today is Walgreens 20% off sale for seniors. Whoo- Hoo! My husband, not me, should be very excited. The last time they had this sale, he got Just For Men hair color.  If he had started this some years … Continue reading

Posted in humor, marriage, people | 1 Comment

The Siberian Iris /Written by Janice Tindle

Recently, my husband and I were hit by the flu and an upper respiratory infection that came invading like a band of Cossacks invading a treasured castle. They hit hard. And though we survived the attack, it left us plundered … Continue reading

Posted in caregiving, coping skills, essay, family, hospice, human interest, humanity, inspirational, life changing events, love, motivational, people, short story, thought provoking | 4 Comments

VALERIE by Janice Tindle

(See my follow up at the end of this story) The ice and rain spit hard against my window pane like a child spitting watermelon seeds onto a dinner plate. I read the news and it hit me just as … Continue reading

Posted in brain cancer, caregiving, coping skills, essay, family, hospice, human interest, humanity, inspirational, life changing events, love, motivational, people, spiritual, thought provoking, tindle, valerie | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Be Strong ! Have Courage ! /Written by Janice Tindle

Be strong, O heart, do not drop down, Have courage, among the failings of your soul, For yes, dear heart you can with God’s love surround, The very venture you are trying to control. With boldness, grab onto courage, let … Continue reading

Posted in inspirational, life changing events, motivational, poetry, religion, spiritual, thought provoking, tindle | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Grandma’s Lullaby /Written by Janice Tindle

It was a typical fall morning in Pennsylvania. The kind you anticipate. Crisp, clean air, all crinkling and spiced from rotting apples and dry leaves. Weather like this called for the planting of bulbs. Heirloom tulip bulbs, to be exact, … Continue reading

Posted in coping skills, family, human interest, humanity, inspirational, life changing events, love, motivational, people, spiritual, thought provoking | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

O, THE OBSCURE SCALE INTRUSION /Written by Janice Tindle

Tawny, crisp, leaves ranked in a pile, Of all my trees, this oak is my favorite. When I look at it, I have to smile, Every fall, its leaves turn gold, I savor it. As time passes, they turn tawny … Continue reading

Posted in gardening, love, musings, nature, poetry, trees | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

365 HOLY SCRIPTURES /Written by Janice Tindle

In January, a friend, who is very important to my husband and me, proposed a challenge for the new year. He said, to do something nice everyday for someone and gave a few examples on how to do so. You … Continue reading

Posted in human interest, humanity, inspirational, life changing events, motivational, musings, thought provoking | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

A PRIVATE WAR /Written by Janice Tindle

“There are Nazi’s in my head,” Looking upward, his eyes filled with dread, “But I won’t go where I’m led, I’ll stay here and fight instead.” My father spoke slowly and low, There was only me, I was only to … Continue reading

Posted in brain tumor, caregiving, coping skills, dementia, family, hospice, human interest, humanity, inspirational, life changing events, love, motivational, poetry, thought provoking | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Janice Tindle

Mid-Atlantic Catastrophic Injury Fund via Janice Tindle.

Posted in brain injury, caregiving, coping skills, duty, family, human interest, humanity, inspirational, life changing events, love, marriage, motivational, people, self, singing, thought provoking, tindle, traumatic brain injury | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Soldier Who Wore Gray /Written by Janice Tindle

The soldier who wore gray, Lay still in front of me, There was no more reason left to stay, The color he had worn ceased to be, And the only thing left was his shadow of gray. For many years … Continue reading

Posted in brain tumor, caregiving, coping skills, dementia, family, human interest, humanity, inspirational, life changing events, love, motivational, people, poetry, thought provoking | 7 Comments