Kathryn graduates with MFHA

 

 Kathryn E. Smith, MFCA, HHA, and GA

 
“Dear Ms. Smith:

You have achieved a Master’s of Fine Arts.in Caring  MFAPCA from Cale Kenney’s comprehensive course in Household Management and Client Care for the ambitious and industrious but burnt-out disabled consumers who strive for independence (while chronically ill and in denial).

You likewise gained knowledge and mastery in language and healing arts: You demonstrated capacity for:

  • Reading medicine bottles in Latin
  • Deciphering “to do” lists in Greek scribble
  • Decoding warranties in Chinese-English
  • Translating canine growls and barks into action plans and dinners,.
  • And finally in cracking code in client’s body language to determine “what’s the matter?”
  • Interpreting Boston City streets maps
  • Scouting out and scoring free parking places in Bost, Danvers, Peabody, Salem and Burlton.
  • Navigating Patient Gateway on internet for Dr. Ejaz
  • Memorizing the contents of the bathroom tub, office closet, and upstairs storage unit
  • Tolerating cheerfully shopping trips through Macy’s, Home Goods, TJ Maxx and Building 19+

Special Healing Arts

  • Converting diet to Grey Sheet Anonymous by weighing and measuring food until 25 lbs were lost
  • Inspecting client’s left “butt” area for healing sores
  • Examining the dog’s cheek so he might heal, too.   
  • Scrutinizing plants for slugs and green bugs .
  • Scanning the microwave and sugar/flour area for larvae and moths, and finally for
  • Tracking and hunting down lost pills, glasses, keys, remotes, batteries et al.under the bed.
  • Lending Moral Support in wound care centers and prosthetic hip helmet factories
  • Commandeering the calendar, scheduling doctors, dogs groomers, and Democrats, book group,Oprah

 

The client who had been lied to, stolen from, and had lost a perceived quality of life stated she felt she finally hired someone who truly cared and made a difference in her life lending her a sense of continuity to better see the future.. “Kathryn paid attention to every detail in everything and everybody. I loved to hear her voice.”

She will never forget when on your time off weekends you twice magnanimously delivered her to her first Democratic Summer Social in Beverly, and you brought your husband back with you to allow her to return home in her own vehicle. She will never forget when you brought over your whole family to hers to switch the living room “fireplace” and couch to opposites sides. Likewise, she is so grateful for the garden and the special care and placement of bushes and flowers, shoveling holes and raking dirt, not to mention assuring provision of Miracle Grow and three containers twice dailyl. Finally, client feels you personally, physically cared through rain, shine and migraines to provide the faith, hope, and charity that nourish human souls.

Through wound care, prosthetic clinics, wheelchair fittings, rehab clinic snafus, and my crazy life,

you got me there!!!.

You have been a chauffeur, an attendant, a cook, and a saint, and I hope you will graduate me heretoforthwithfrom in perpetuity from being a client to being a true friend.

I love you, Kathryn.

God Bless You

Author: Cale Kenney

Cale Kenney is a writer, teacher, editor, and publisher in that order of interest and experience. She grew up in Revere, MA 01915, a city on the ocean just 8 miles north of Boston. She went to University of Mass in 1970 and during that freshman year of college she had a motor cycle accident that changed the course of her life after she lost her left leg, hip and pelvis due to gangrene. Ms. Kenney writes about that experience in her first published volume Have Crutch Will Travel The Adventures of a Modern Day Calamity Jane. In 2008, she began a blog and has set up many of her early stories at www.howlings.com. Cale moved to Winter Park Colorado after graduating from UMASS in Amherst, where she lived from 1970-1975. Once she fell in love with the Rocky Mountains, Cale said she began her career in journalism writing for the local newspaper, the Winter Park Manifest. She also began freelance writing for several magazines as well as the national known Powder and Ski Racing magazines. Cale trained for the national handicap ski team in 1979 and was named to the team in 1980; the US raced in the 1980 World Olympic Disabled Games in Geilo, Norway. As she was moving ahead in ski racing, Cale was also writing more articles for Powder and Alpenglo magazines and in 1981 became the Sports Editor for the Winter Park, Manifest. Cale has called this years living as a writer and skier in the beautiful Rocky Mountains as her glory days. In 1983 she had a knee injury three days before the team left for Switzerland. She has said the injury set up a time of reflection that led her onward to graduate school in Fort Collins, at Colorado State University. In 1990 Kenney moved back to Colorado and took courses in business development and began her business, Kenney Communications through Mi Casa Womens Center and their circle loan program. From 1993 to 1999 she began writing desktop publishing pieces like newsletters and brochures and other public relations instruments, while she developed her small ‘litzine, for authentic women’s voices: Howlings: Wild Women of the West and created Tell Tale Publishing, her imprint for her own work. An injury to her hands and arms sidelined Cale for several years as she took three years to recover their use, though she would have to give up her crutches at the very time she wrote a book that celebrated her crutches. In 2004, she published Have Crutch Will Travel, a memoir, and moved back to Massachusetts to be closer to her family of origin. She began a blog in 2008 and has been slowly self-publishing through the help of Tracy Pilcher, her webmistress and Katrina Martin, an office worker who was also a close friend, clips and articles that were published elsewhere as well as poetry, articles, short stories, and other works that have yet been published—except on Wordpress. Cale retired in 2010 from her business of teaching a correspondence course in writing, and Ms. Kenney says she would love to teach again.

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