Holiday Progressive Blog Party with

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

blog_party_2014_350Welcome to the 2014 Holiday Progressive Blog party with  This is the third year that ‘The Purple Jacket’ has participated in the progressive holiday blog party; this event is always a great way to connect with old friends and new ones who are on their Caregiving journey. One of the many great things about being part of the extended family at is the ability to connect with people from all over the world who instantly understand your caregiving plight.  Caregivers have this innate ability to understand each others journey, even when the paths are different.

There is still time to join holiday progressive blog party by clicking here! 


Christmas 2011

For those who are visiting The Purple Jacket for the first time…Welcome! For those friends who have been here before, it is great to see you again! I know many of you realize that this years Holiday Progressive Blog Party has a much different meaning for me.   So with that, here is a new description for The Purple Jacket.

The Purple Jacket is a real-life Caregiving blog about two people who were partners in life, Chris MacLellan and Bernard Richard Schiffer. Richard lost his battle with cancer on March 9th, 2014: Cancer was not the winner, Love was the winner! Now that our Caregiving journey has ended, The Purple Jacket is dedicated in memory to Richard, and to all Caregivers who have lost the one they loved, because in the end, Love, Care and Commitment is the same for any two people who are joined together as one.

Now, I am learning to be a caregiver to myself.  This new journey I find myself on is filled with some of the same bumpy roads, yet with a different twist or two along the way.  Yet what is constant is the continuous love, care and support I receive from all my Caregiving friends from around the world and I thank Denise Brown and my extended family at and for that comfort.

What am I up to now?  Well, I have a new radio show, ‘Healing Ties’ from “The Bow Tie Guy” on Health Cafe and on On Demand at  iHeart Radio.  (You’ll see all the information on the main page of the Purple Jacket) I am starting to blog again on The Purple Jacket and on and later in 2015, I will be leading some groups cruises for Caregivers and those who like me, are no longer Caregivers.

But one thing is for sure, no matter where my next Caregiving journey takes me, my roots will always come back to my extended family at, for without you, TLO and I knew that we were never, ever alone!

Follow the YOU TUBE link below to a video tribute to Richard for…I hope you like it!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Holiday Blog Party and joyful holiday season!


January 2014





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14 responses to “Holiday Progressive Blog Party with

  1. Chichi Lacoste

    Wonderful you are back!


  2. Chris it was wonderful to re-connect with you today. I am learning to take better care of myself as well and I am excited to see where your journey takes you!


  3. robertssister

    Chris, Happy you are participating again this year in the blog party! I look forward to connecting more in 2015. Sounds like you are doing wonderful things – Richard would be proud! Take care. Trish

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  4. caregiving

    Hi Chris–I’m so glad you joined the party! 🙂 The steps you take today will bring better tomorrow. Keep going!!

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  5. Chris, so happy to see that you are doing so well. Love the new “Healing Ties” and all the adventures you’ve been on, being watching your travels on FB. I agree with Trish, TLO would be (as he always was) very proud of you. My first trip through the Progessive Blog Party! Hope you find some peace and joy in the Holidays….you remain in my prayers


    • Hi Peg!

      I appreciate your support, then, now and forever! I sure do hope TLO would be proud, there is not a day that goes by where I do not think of him, talk to him, wonder about him. The Blog party has been fun, its so good to reconnect with my extended family!

      Thanks for your thoughts and prayers, they are returned!



  6. So glad you are participating and I love your site! I am just checking in but will be checking it out further for reference. I have a caregiving group on Facebook called Inner Strength if you’re on there, you’re welcome to join us. Small in number but we support each other daily with positive affirmations and articles. Plus it’s always a good place to vent. I wish you well in these days ahead. They are never easy when we lose a loved one. We lost my Mom 5 yrs ago and it’s still hard. Very different but we press on. Bless you for the work you do!

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    • Hi Lisa,
      Please pardon my delay in responding to your kind note, and thank you for the invite to Inner Strength! I’m glad you like my site, it really has provided me with a great deal of comfort and joy and it allows me go meet people like you! Thanks for your kind words and I will look forward to visiting with you soon! Happy Holidays!


  7. Teresa S.

    I’m so happy to see you participating. I love your words, “Cancer was not the winner. Love was the winner.” You definitely encompass love. Richard is with you guiding you along the way. You are honoring him and paying such a great tribute by doing all that you do. Much love and hugs to you, Chris.


  8. Hi Chris, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I know how hard it can be during the holidays when you are going through a season of grief and loss. Christmas blessings to you and praying for you for His peace, comfort, and wisdom through the days and weeks to come through Christmas and into the New Year.


    • Thank You Kaye for your kind words of support. The holiday season is just a little different this year, but I hold my head high knowing that Richard is pain free. Time does heal, because it does get better. Blessings to you and yours in 2015!


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