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A Friend Is What The Heart Needs All The Time ~ Henry  Van Dyke

Greetings and welcome to  “The Purple Jacket!”  It is great to take part in the Holiday Progressive Blog Party with my extended family at  To all my friends at and especially those first time visitors to ‘The Purple Jacket”, welcome: It is so good of you to stop by!

To our new visitors, I started blogging on The Purple Jacket in 2011 after my partner, Bernard Richard Schiffer, was

Denise and Richard in Lake Worth, FL 2013

Denise and Richard in Lake Worth, FL 2013

diagnosed with esophageal cancer.  Given 3 to 4 months to live, Richard beat the odds and lived another 29 months before making his life transition in March of 2015.  Along the way on our Caregiving journey, we met quite a number of wonderful people through and I will always be grateful for the support of Denise and our extended family on while on our Caregiving journey.

Now my writing on  The Purple Jacket is focused on Life After Caregiving.  As I found comfort in writing about our Caregiving experience, I am finding comfort in writing about what life is like for me after caregiving has ended.  Below are some of my most popular blog post on life after Caregiving ends: When Caregiving EndsCaregivers  and Servant Leadership:   Finding Purpose In Life:  Relief, Sadness, Guilt and Joy: A New Bloom

 I encourage everyone to  look at the left hand column of “The Purple Jacket”  where you will see links to our 2015 Pulitzer Prize nominated Caregiving story, as well as links to interviews that Denise conducted with me after Richard made is life transition, along with an interview Denise  completed  with both of us in 2013.  I am sure you will enjoy listening to those terrific interviews.

Holiday HugsWhat’s new and what  is  on the horizon?   My new website “The Bow Tie” will be live later this week.  The new website will host all of my Healing Ties Radio programs as well as my new venture “The Whole Care Network.”  When the site goes live this week, I will be sure to let you know.  My first book, “What’s The Deal With Caregiving” was published in late October and I am happy to give away 5 copies of my book during the Progressive Blog Party!  In January, I embark on a thesis project to complete my Masters degree in Leadership and Communication at Gonzaga University.  I’m sure you will be hearing more about this project after the first of the year!

But most of all, I just want you to feel welcomed and comfortable as you visit ‘The Purple Jacket.”  There have been so many things I learned

Chris & Richard 2011

Chris & Richard 2011

along our Caregiving journey, and one of the most important lessons I learned is that Caregivers have the innate ability to understand each other, to be there for each other, even when our Caregiving journeys are different.  That is why our extended family at is so very special to me. Even though my Caregiving journey is over,I still feel part of this family.  Feel free to reach out to me if you want to know more about my story.

maxim2_Christmas_balls-150x150Wishing you a wonderful Progressiveness Holiday blog party and a wonderful Holiday season!


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  1. Terri Reinhart (@TerriReinhart) on December 6, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    I’m glad I found your site through the Blog Party! I look forward to reading more. I was thrilled to find after years of caring for my parents. I blog there under the name “Goldie”. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Christopher MacLellan on December 6, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Terri, it is a pleasure to meet you. I will be on the lookout for “Goldie” on…Happy Blog Party!

  3. Shelley on December 8, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Thank you for participating in the Holiday Progressive Blog party! I’m so glad to find your site — I’m always looking for additional caregiver resources — for today, for tomorrow, for whatever lies ahead for me on this caregiving journey. I blog on under the name of Hussy.

  4. lilliefuller on December 8, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    My name is Lillie, i’ve been a member of since 2009. I care for my mom who is a stroke victim. I always enjoy the podcasts and shows you do with Denise. I came to check out the blog. Thank you for participating in the Blog Party.

  5. Connie on December 8, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    This is a lovely website. I especially like the positivity! Congrats on your new website, I’m looking forward to checking it out. I’m very glad to be connecting with you through the holiday blog party.

    Happy holidays!

  6. caregivingstinks on December 9, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Sorry for the loss you suffered but humbled by the gifts you bring out to share with others.

  7. Kaye Swain-SI (@SandwichINK) on December 12, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Hi Chris – congrats on your book! Very exciting news about that and the other changes coming. Have a blessed and beautiful Christmas and year to come.

  8. Christopher MacLellan on December 13, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you for your kind words! Thanks for stopping by, too!

  9. Christopher MacLellan on December 13, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Hi Kaye,
    Always great to see you, and thanks for your kind words! Have a wonderful holiday season!

  10. Christopher MacLellan on December 13, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Hi Connie!
    Glad you like the Purple Jacket. I hope the new site is up and running before the end of the month. Never a dull moment with electronics !

  11. Christopher MacLellan on December 13, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Hi Lillie,

    Always good to visit with you and thanks for stopping by! Have a great holiday season…Chris

  12. Christopher MacLellan on December 13, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks Shelley! Glad to know that you enjoyed the site…Have a GREAT holiday season! Chris

  13. caregiving on December 14, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Happy Holidays, Chris!

    Thanks so much for being a part of our blog party again. 🙂 So enjoying partying with you.

    Wishing you peace this holiday season.

  14. Christopher MacLellan on December 14, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Thanks for stopping by Terri, it is a pleasure to meet you. I will be on the lookout for “Goldie” on…Happy Blog Party!